Innovating with Cutting Edge Tech
Join us for a day of innovations in aquaculture! The Future of Aquaculture is an opportunity for aquaculture stakeholders to share their industry knowledge and insights with technologists and startups that may be able to help them streamline operations, add value to products, and find new markets. SeaAhead, in partnership with Venture Café and Cambridge Innovation Center, will lead an exploration of opportunities for collaboration and innovation in the aquaculture industry. Themes include the increasing role of tech in aquaculture, emerging sub-sectors such as seaweed derived biofuels as a mode to drive decarbonization, tech to promote and streamline regional food security through local aquaculture while improving economic empowerment in our coastal communities in a Covid19 world.
Aquaculture has emerged as a diverse and versatile industry with impact in many corners of the blue economy. Despite immediate challenges, opportunities exist to design and redesign aquaculture supply chains and markets, taking advantage of a range of innovations. When applied strategically, technology can help the aquaculture industry improve resilience in local food systems, build a more sustainable and healthy food and energy future, and give a needed economic boost to coastal communities.
OCTOBER 08, 2020
2:00 – 5:30 PM
Meet and connect with innovators disrupting the world of healthcare
Bluetech Innovation will explore opportunities for collaboration and innovation in the aquaculture industry.
Four workshops featuring cutting-edge tech developed by local entrepreneurs
Take advantage of the experts and speakers by forming connections and asking questions
2:00 – 2:45 PM (ET) SeaAhead Introduction and Keynote
3:00 – 4:00 PM (ET) PANEL: Exploring Innovation in Aquaculture
4:00 – 4:45 PM (ET) ROUND ROBIN: Innovation in Finfish Aquaculture Technology
4:00 – 4:45 PM (ET) ROUND ROBIN: Innovations in Seaweed Aquaculture
4:45 – 5:30 PM (ET) ROUND ROBIN: Innovations in Shellfish Aquaculture and Supply Chains
This is your chance to connect with local innovators in the industry to ask your most pressing questions and learn how to scale your venture.
SeaAhead Introduction and Keynote
2:00 – 2:45 PM (ET)
Meet the thought-leaders behind SeaAhead – an organization that is working across many stakeholder groups to leverage the region’s key assets to establish a world-class bluetech sector. Learn more about the imperative for bluetech innovation and investment, and how aquaculture fits within that framework, addressing food, energy, coastal resilience and other challenges locally, regionally, and globally.
PANEL: Exploring Innovation in Aquaculture
3:00 – 4:00 PM (ET)
Aquaculture has quickly emerged as a diverse and versatile industry with impact in many corners of the blue economy. Experts and thought-leaders from a variety of industry segments, including shellfish, finfish, seaweed, nearshore, and offshore aquaculture will share their perspectives on the opportunities for existing and new stakeholders to solve core aquaculture industry challenges. Core themes will include the role of hardware and software innovation in aquaculture, aquaculture’s place in a sustainable, resilient food system, and the relationship between aquaculture and climate change mitigation.
Virtual Networking: Bluetech Free Swim
3:00 – 5:00 PM (ET)
This virtual networking session is meant to spur ideation and team-building within our bluetech community and the aquaculture ecosystem. You can drop by and check in with other innovators in SeaAhead’s network, exchange strategies and resources, get support, share your challenges, and discuss topics that are top of mind. SeaAhead aquaculture entrepreneurs and startups will be available to answer questions and share their innovations.
ROUND ROBIN: Innovation in Finfish Acquaculture Technology
4:00 – 4:45 PM (ET)
In the last 30 years, global aquaculture production has caught up to wild fish production, growing by 527%. But big questions remain about the sustainability of farmed fish. Technology and innovation can help us discover new ways to bring these farmed seafood systems into balance so that seafood can be sustainably managed to help support a growing population with a nutritious, affordable and widely available protein.
ROUND ROBIN: Innovations in Seaweed Aquaculture
4:00 – 4:45 PM (ET)
The global seaweed market reached a production value of $8.8 Billion in 2019. Though many people are familiar with the seaweed forests on the world’s coasts, most likely never considered the potential role of farmed seaweed in meeting the world’s pressing needs for food, medicine, energy, and raw materials. Pioneers in sustainable seaweed production have demonstrated the important role that seaweed production can play in mitigating climate change, enhancing diets and food security, and benefitting coastal communities. In this round robin, we’ll look at the future of the seaweed industry and hear from innovators looking to expand the possibilities of seaweed.
ROUND ROBIN: Innovations in Shellfish Aquaculture and Supply Chains
4:45 – 5:30 PM (ET)
Shellfish have long set the standard of sustainable aquaculture, requiring few inputs and benefiting the ecosystems in which they are farmed. Shellfish farming also offers alternative livelihoods to fishermen that are forced to leave the fishing industry but want to stay on the water. Advances in technology have the potential to increase the capacity of shellfish aquaculture supply chains. In this round robin we’ll hear from innovators working to bring greater value to harvesters by optimizing production and farm management, growing sales and finding new markets, and ensuring that customers receive a quality product they can trust.