Industry looks to the future as doors close on successful OiA

Source: press release, 8 March 2019

Organiser Reed Exhibitions reports that Oceanology International Americas 2019 (OiA ‘19) experienced significant growth on 2017’s debut North American event
Organiser Reed Exhibitions reports that Oceanology International Americas 2019 (OiA ‘19) experienced significant growth on 2017’s debut North American event (photo: OiA)

Organiser Reed Exhibitions reports that Oceanology International Americas 2019 (OiA ‘19), which took place in the San Diego Convention Centre, experienced significant growth on 2017’s debut North American event. A total of 174 exhibitors put on a cutting-edge display of technology, equipment and services for a total attendance of 3,133 visitors from across the Americas (against 2,968 in 2017). OiA ‘19 was also the flagship 50th anniversary event in the long-running Oceanology International ocean science and technology exhibition and conference series, which began in relatively modest circumstances in Brighton in 1969.

“It’s very rewarding to consider that Oceanology International has been such an indispensable shop window, networking portal and facilitator for the ocean science community for half a century now,” says Exhibition Director Jonathan Heastie, “and it’s a pleasure to confirm that the 50th anniversary celebrations in San Diego went incredibly well. The occasion was marked by a presentation on the show floor where six ocean science and technology community leaders spoke about the most momentous ocean science advances to have occurred over the last five decades.”

“The presentation concluded with a thought-provoking glimpse of the future, when Pete Warden of Google Brain and Blair Thornton from the University of Southampton outlined their thoughts on the continuing development of artificial intelligence and robotics, and what this could signify for the world of ocean science,” continues Heastie.

On a typically well-stocked show floor, space was given over to the fascinating Future Tech Hub, devised to showcase boundary-pushing products from new-to-market technologists including Blueprint Lab, Deck Marine Systems, Loggerhead Systems, Thayer Mahan and DiveNet.

However, many OI exhibitors of long standing were also in attendance, among them Kongsberg Maritime. “Oceanology International is an important event for us to connect with existing customers and demonstrate new capabilities to the industry, both on the show floor and in the technical sessions of the conference,” says Richard Mills, Director Marine Robotics Sales, Kongsberg Maritime. “At OiA ‘19 we showcased our HUGIN Superior and Eelume subsea vehicles to people who may not have seen them before, as well as presenting complex topics such as collaborative systems for over-the-horizon unmanned survey capabilities. We appreciate the growing exposure gained and the opportunity that being here has provided.”

“The event provided an awesome excuse to show current and potential customers our new products as well as discussing new opportunities,” adds William Mildon, President, Hydro Group Systems Inc. “We also loved Reed Exhibitions’ new Emperia app, which enables exhibitors to digitally collect sales leads.”

The OiA ‘19 conference schedule exceeded its brief in the sheer scope and detail of the content it provided. The one-day Ocean Futures Forum event, making its US debut, examined the role of ocean science and technology in shaping the trajectory of a viable Blue Economy. Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright, Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), delivered a vitally important ‘one planet, one ocean’ message, stressing that the development of the Blue Economy should not come at the expense of the ocean environment.

“Wherever attendees looked, there was something to attract their attention,” adds Jonathan Heastie. “Quite apart from the plethora of information on offer, many were only too happy to avail themselves of the chance to try out interactive models on exhibitors’ stands, like Blue Robotics’ ocean-exploring robots, which delegates could operate by means of an Xbox controller. The feedback we have received has been unanimously positive, and all of this obviously bodes extremely well for the next Oi event back in London.”

Oceanology International 2020 is scheduled to take place on 17-19 March 2020 in the ExCel, London. You can register your interest, book an exhibition space or simply find out more at: https://www.oceanologyinternational.com.