Maritime innovation summit
April 30th, 2019 @ CIC in Boston
On April 30th, SeaAhead hosted an intimate all-day gathering, bringing together more than 60 stakeholders from across the global maritime industry at our headquarters at CIC in Boston. These attendees — hailing from some of the largest shipping, port, and offshore wind companies in the world — participated in a full day of frank and open discussions about venture innovation in the maritime sector.
In a lot of ways, the day represented the very best of what we're trying to do here at SeaAhead. We brought together key executives from major companies with some of the best startups that the Boston venture ecosystem has to offer — and we got them all interacting with one another to identify and propose solutions for some of the most pressing problems facing the industry. Topics covered during the course of the day included digitalization — from blockchain to internet-of-things and 3D printing — to cybersecurity, clean technology, ports resiliency and marine autonomy.
KEY EVENT SPEAKERS
Marc Held, CEO of ODYN AI, formerly CEO of Weft
Lisa Smith, Chief Corporate Development Officer of Data Gumbo
Alexander Soukhanov, Director at Moran Cyber
Pete Mento, Vice President at Crane Worldwide Logistics
Buckley McAllister, CEO of McAllister Towing and Transportation
Jim Black, CEO of Moran Shipping Agencies
Geraldine Paulus, Associate at The Engine
Alexander Dale, Senior Officer, Sustainability of MIT SOLVE
Daniel Cho, CEO of Onvector
Leslie-Ann McGee, Assistant Director at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Ravi Paintal, CEO of Autonomous Marine Systems
Tim Rowe, CEO of CIC
During the course of the day, the stakeholders discussed opportunities and challenges in the following industry sectors:
THE ADOPTION OF DIGITIZATION IN OUR INDUSTRY WILL INCREASE THE LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY AND OPEN NEW AND EXCITING WAYS TO CREATE EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS AND COLLABORATE. HOWEVER, IF WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE, WE WILL NEED TO ADDRESS CORE ISSUES OF TRUST AND THE NEED FOR COMMUNICATION STANDARDS.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST IMPEDIMENTS TO DIGITIZATION IS THE DESIRE FOR SECURITY – BOTH OF DATA AND OF ASSETS. CYBERSECURITY ONLY BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT AS SYSTEMS CONTINUE TO BECOME INTERCONNECTED. STRATEGIES ARE NEEDED FOR PROACTIVE ASSESSMENT AND REACTIVE MANAGEMENT.
Cleantech & Coastal Resiliency
COASTAL RESILIENCY IS A CORE PORT OPERATIONS CHALLENGE THAT CALLS FOR INCREASED AND ONGOING INVESTMENT. CLEAN TECHNOLOGY IN SHIPPING, DRIVEN BY MULTI-FACETED REGULATORY REGIMES, WILL REQUIRE NEW THINKING – PARTICULARLY FOR REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS TO MEET 2030 AND 2050 GOALS.
ADVANCES IN LAND-BASED SYSTEMS ARE ROCKETING THE INDUSTRY FORWARD: ABOVE, ON AND BELOW THE OCEAN’S SURFACE. OPPORTUNITIES ARE FOCUSED ON WAYS TO INCREASE SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY.
FLASH TALKS AND New Venture fellows-in-residence program
The day culminated with a larger event for 120 attendees in collaboration with Venture Café, featuring flash talks from 7 great innovators, as well reverse pitches from Wartsila and the Chamber of Shipping. Presenting startups included EOM Offshore, PortCall, WaveArray, FreightFlows, 4Deep, Integrated Monitoring, and ShipIn Systems.
The evening session also included the announcement of our new venture fellows-in-residence partnership with the New England Aquarium.
We've been thrilled with all of the feedback we've gotten from this event, and we're looking forward to producing similar events for other subsectors within our bluetech coverage area. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our succes, including Tino Chow, Maris Kamer, and Phoebe Neel. Stay tuned for more!
Reach out and get involved
If you would like to join the conversation, meet other industry leaders, or gain more access to venture startups through SeaAhead, please reach out.