Enabling a ‘connected ocean’ presents enormous opportunities for the Irish marine sector, where Ireland as an ICT hub is fast becoming a global hub for ‘blue technology’, according to the organisers of the 2017 Digital Ocean conference ( NUI Galway, June 30).

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Ireland has ‘real capabilities across key enabling technologies’ required to drive blue tech innovation, such as nanotechnology; sensors; data analytics; robotics; communication technologies and advanced materials, says Dr Edel O’Connor, Irish Marine Development Office.

Looking into the blue future are John Breslin, SmartBay Ireland and Francis Flannery, SonarSim

“We also have a number of Irish companies providing world-class expertise and exporting in specialised areas of the marine sector, such as data analytics; design and build of offshore vessels; offshore suport services; marine electronics; engineering and other servcies,” she added. 

International speakers from Rolls Royce; Kongsberg; Maritime Saildrone; Wilhelmsen Group; Dell EMC; ASV Global will be addressing the conference, alongside Irish blue tech companies including OpenHydro, Cathx Ocean and Eire Composites. 

Concurrent to the conference will be a trade show in the grounds of NUI Galway. Among the 60 participating companies will be the industry-led Irish Marine Industry Network. Supported by Enterprise Ireland, this new network is aiming to position Ireland at the forefront of marine innovation by maximising collaboration and cross-sectoral opportunities. 

The Digital Ocean conference is part of SeaFest 2017 Galway, June 30-July 2.