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JUL 2018

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www.sea-technology.com July 2018 | ST 15 T he emergence of blue technolo- gy continues to be an economic force impacting a wide range of indus- tries in business-to-government, busi- ness-to-business and business-to-con- sumer markets. This was clearly evident by the success of a new annual Washington, D.C., ocean technology event: BlueTech Expo. The inaugural event was held June 4 and was jointly organized by the In- ternational Ocean Science and Tech- nology Industry Association (IOSTIA) and Sea Technology magazine. It is designed to foster a greater connec- tion between government officials and policy makers around the expanding innovations in the marine/ocean tech- nology sector. Exhibition BlueTech Expo is a unique two- tiered event on Capitol Hill, the seat of the U.S. Congress. This year, the first component was a technology exhibi- tion held in the Rayburn House Office Building, one of three expansive of- fice buildings where U.S. Representatives, their staff and committees have their offices and conduct much of their business. The event was co-sponsored and promoted by the House Oceans Caucus, a body of lawmakers who share a keen interest in ocean issues. The exhibition consisted of two-dozen diverse ocean technology companies and was sponsored by Fugro and 3D at Depth. The primary objective of the event was to educate lawmakers and staff on the capabilities and critical role ocean technology play in our understanding of the oceans, national securi- ty and the blue economy. The exhibition drew steady traffic during the day, and exhibitors benefited from the opportunity to discuss their solutions with lawmakers, staff and prospective customers. B-to-G Networking After a short break following the exhibition, BlueTech Expo reconvened in the Hart Senate Office Building for the second component: the business-to-government networking event. The gathering pulled industry and government together to discuss talk ocean issues and business op- portunities and the networking event attracted a diverse audience of more than 100 key government, industry and NGO decision makers, who enjoyed drinks and an impressive rooftop view of the Capitol building. Coming Up IOSTIA and Sea Technology magazine would like to thank the sponsors Fugro and 3D at Depth, the House Oceans Caucus and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) for their support, plus a very special thank you to all the exhibitors and attendees. Based on the strong support and feedback, BlueTech Expo will return in 2019 with an expanded program. It will take place June 4 in Washington, D.C. Visit www. BlueTechExpo.org in the coming weeks for updates on BlueTech Expo 2019. ST BlueTech Expo ST Event Review

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