The Blue Innovation Symposium

Nov. 27-28, 2018, Newport, Rhode Island

Organized by Salve Regina University and sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in Boston

The Blue Innovation Symposium is the premier event in New England for connecting the marine technology industry for education, networking and facilitating partnering opportunities. Held for the first time in Newport, Rhode Island, the theme for this year’s event is "The Ocean, Data and You". The symposium will have a focus on data analytics and cybersecurity initiatives.

The symposium intends to bring together leading-edge marine technology companies for programming aimed at providing an overview of current trends in the industry, and a showcase of start-up companies to discuss their new technologies. As with previous years, we anticipate more than 200 attendees with more than 30 corporate sponsors.

The Blue Innovation Symposium is being organized by Salve Regina's Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education as part of our effort to connect the University with industry, organizations, state and federal agencies, and other key stakeholders in order to grow the region's economy.

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Tuesday Nov. 27 at Salve Regina University, Newport

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration. Light refreshments at the Pell Center, Salve Regina University

9:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Welcome and Introduction: Tobias Stapleton, PhD, MBA, Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Programs, Salve Regina University

10:05 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Opening Plenary: Unmanned Maritime Vehicles: State of the Industry and Innovation in 2018 - Justin Manly

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. UTIC Rapid Prototyping Opportunities. Molly Donohue Magee, Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium

1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. (optional) Business to Business Tours and Meetings with/for Canadian delegation. University of Rhode Island, North Kingstown Campus

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception sponsored by AUVSI featuring Jim Bellingham, Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Center for Marine Robotics


Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Cambria Hotel, Newport

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration, continental breakfast with exhibitors

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Blue Innovation Conference

9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.  Introductory Remarks Toby Stapleton, PhD, Dean of Graduate Programs, Salve Regina University

9:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  Welcome, Sister Jane Gerety, RSM, President, Salve Regina University

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Opening Plenary: An Ocean of Data and Digitization. Louis Beaubien, CEO BlueNode

The world becomes more digital every day. We make more data, we store more data, we analyze more data; and we think more ‘digitally’ every day. Data is less an ‘asset’ than it is a means with which we relate to each other, to the world and to business. We use data for shopping, to research travel destinations, improve health, control our home, for entertainment, and for oceans.

Carrying out the digital transformation will involve time, resources, money and will require partners and new ways of orienting work, to become more competitive. This is especially true in the ocean/maritime sector which is huge, fragmented, and has not historically been the quickest to adopt new innovations. A part of the transition from seeing big data, to using big data, to gaining from big data is the mobilization of research from academic and other institutions into practical applications in the real world. That is the story of BlueNode.

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Panel: The Role of Regional “Clusters”
Moderator: Laurie Jugan, Mississippi Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST)
Mark Huang, Sea Ahead
Phil Adams, UMASS Dartmouth
George Nickolopouos, University of Rhode Island

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Flash Talks: Global Innovators and Entrepreneurs

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch with Exhibitors and a Fireside Chat: The Future of Work and the Blue Economy Fireside Chat
Moderator: Toby Stapleton, PhD, MBA, Dean of Graduate Programs, Salve Regina University
Tuni Shartner, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Innovate Newport
Leonara Valvo, Founder, Swoogo

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Panel: Oceantech Innovation in Canada
Moderator: Justin Manley, Just Innovation Inc.
Jim Hanlon, Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship
Karl Kenney, Kraken Robotics
Derek Inglis, XEOS Technologies
Derek Puzzuoli, Igloo Innovations

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Flash Talks: Global Innovators and Entrepreneurs

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Networking break

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Panel: Maritime Robotics Data, AI and Autonomy
Moderator: Leslie-Ann McGee WHOI Center for Marine Robotics
Bob Melvin, Teledyne Marine
Joe Provost, Salve Regina University
Stephanie Petillo, Ocean Observing Initiative - Coastal & Global Scale Nodes, WHOI
Amy Kukulya, Ocean Systems Laboratory, WHOI

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Panel: US Navy is Open For Busines
Moderator: General (Ret) Frank Kelley, Vice President Defense Acquisition University
Chris Egan, Director, Undersea Warfare Unmanned Systems and Autonomous Behavior, NUWC Newport
CDR Anders PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants
RADM Brian Corey, PEO Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (Invited)

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing plenary: Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), Ocean Data in Action
Tom Shyka, Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS)

5:00 p.m. Closing reception sponsored by the Marine and Oceanographic Network (MOTN


Thursday, Nov. 29  at UMass Dartmouth (CIE)

10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Tour and Tech Venture Company Presentations and Visits, UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA