The Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently held their 3rd Annual Entrepreneurs Showcase & Leadership Forum from July 20-21, 2017 on the Quissett Campus overlooking Martha’s Vineyard and the Nantucket Sound. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a global leader in ocean research, exploration and education – and the Center for Marine Robotics is the group at WHOI responsible for revolutionizing ocean robotics.
The Entrepreneurs Showcase & Leadership forum kicked off with the formal opening of Dunkworks, a marine robotics maker space which pays homage to Skunk Works, the experimental design laboratory operated by Lockheed Martin which brought us such aircraft as the U-2, Blackbird and F-22 Raptor. Dunkworks provides a wide range of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping equipment to quickly test and iterate new marine robotics products. Woods Hole wants to make sure that all marine robotics innovators have access to the tools they need to bring their ideas to life.
Next up was the Entrepreneurs Showcase, a collection of marine robotics companies and products on display is the LOSOS Highbay building. Aquabotix showcased our Endura ROV and AquaLens Connect Underwater Camera System alongside many other leaders in the marine robotics space. The showcase provided guests and exhibitors a unique opportunity to speak with other experts in the marine robotics field. The showcase concluded with a networking social and lively conversation on the future of marine robotics.
Day two focused solely on the Leadership Forum, which saw an introduction from WHOI Marine Robotics Director Dr. Jim Bellingham, followed by session speakers and discussion panels on the Emerging Defense Market, Flash Talks, Future Markets and Start-Up Funding. Key trends heard throughout the day included the notion that marine robotics is still rapidly evolving; vehicles are becoming smaller, smarter, more reliable, and less expensive. Underwater vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies are still in development, and that the future of unmanned systems includes swarms of networked vehicles blanketing the ocean.
The Center for Marine Robotics put on a great event, and once again has demonstrated their commitment as leaders in marine robotics. Thanks to all of the staff involved in the Entrepreneur’s Showcase & Leadership Forum.
Photo credit: WHOI CMR