5th Annual Entrepreneurship's Showcase & Leadership Forum

THEME: A Rising Tide

July 17-18, 2019
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

These are exciting days in marine robotics.  The industry is growing, new companies are being created weekly, and investors are waking to the opportunities in the ocean domain.  Technology created in markets as diverse as additive manufacturing, autonomous cars, and consumer robotics is being repurposed to change how we design, build, and use robots.  The growth is tied to increasing human activity in the ocean.  In marine science, in industry, and in defense, robotics is moving mainstream.  However, substantial challenges remain.  In the 2019 Marine Robotics Entrepreneurs Forum, the discussion will focus on defining the challenges facing the industry and framing initiatives we can collectively undertake to accelerate progress.  Working together we can create a rising tide of ocean innovation to understand and wisely use the ocean.  Come join us!




WHOI Quisset Campus, Clark 5th Floor

8:00am – 8:30am

Breakfast (provided)         

8:30am – 8:45am

Introduction: A Rising Tide Floats All Robots


Keynote Speaker

9:15am – 10:45am

Session 1: Perspectives from Entrepreneurs / Lessons Learned

10:45am – 11:00am

Networking Break

11:00am – 12:00pm

Company Flash Talks

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Lunch (provided)

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Lunch Talk

1:00 – 2:30pm

Session 2: Market Trends and Development

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Company Flash Talks

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Session 3: Launching New Enterprises


Networking Reception


Iselin Dock Facility

8:00am – 10:00am

Showcase Exhibitor and Demonstration Set-Up

9:00am – 10:00am

Long Wave Talks in Smith Conference Room

  • WHOI CMR and DisruptorWorks Update
  • Ocean Twilight Zone, Audacious Project, TED Foundation
  • Pathways to Ocean Worlds Project, WHOI/NASA JPL

10:00am – 12:30pm

In-Water Demonstrations (off dock) and Short Wave Talks (under tent)

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch Keynote – Lunch Provided

1:30pm – 4:00pm

In-Water Demonstrations (off dock) and Short Wave Talks (under tent)

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Wrap Up and Breakdown

Confirmed Speakers as of June 5, 2019

Stay tuned for more exciting Speaker Announcements!
This list does not include FlashTalk Speakers which will be announced July 1.

Jim Bellingham, Director, Center for Marine Robotics, WHOI

Paul Dobbins, Senior Specialist, World Wildlife Fund

Christine Fox, Assistant Director, Policy and Analysis, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Matt George, CEO and Co-Founder, Apollo Autonomy

Diana Grauer, Director, External Technology Engagement, TechnipFMC

Julie Huber, Associate Scientist, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, WHOI

Carl Kaiser, Program Manager, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, WHOI

John Leonard, Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Leslie-Ann McGee, Assistant Director, Center for Marine Robotics, WHOI

Robert Orr, Managing Partner, Cuna Del Mar

John Reine, Coastal and Global Scale Node (CGSN) Electrical Engineering Lead, WHOI

Alissa Peterson, Co-Founder, Sea Ahead

Mark Schrope, Director, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners 

Jeff Smith, President & CEO, Riptide Autonomous Systems, BAE Systems Electronic Systems

Beth Treseder, New England Deputy Market Lead, Orsted

Mark Vasu, Executive Vice President, Greentown Labs

Pete Warden , Staff Research Engineer/AI, Google

Dana Yoerger, Senior Scientist, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, WHOI

Last updated: June 10, 2019