Ocean Tech Expo 2024

June 26-27, 2024
United Kingdom
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Key Details Dates: June 26-27, 2024 Venue: University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, United Kingdom Organizer: Maritime UK South West
About Ocean Tech Expo 2024

Driving Technology Development for Sustainable Exploitation of the Rapidly Growing Ocean Economy

Ocean Tech Expo focuses on the latest advancements and innovations in ocean technology, specialized for defense and wider maritime applications.

Building on the success of three previous events, this expo will showcase leading technical capabilities and near-market innovations aimed at decarbonizing and increasing productivity across a range of offshore activities.

Hosted by Maritime UK SW, a not-for-profit partnership of business, research, and government, all proceeds will be reinvested into the sector to support sustainable growth in the South West’s ocean economy.

Limited availability remaining. 

When is Ocean Tech Expo 2024?

26th June 2024: Ocean Tech Expo Day 1 (10:00 – 17:00), Evening Networking Cruise (18:30 – 21:00)

27th June 2024: Ocean Tech Expo Day 2 (10:00 – 17:00)

What are the themes of Ocean Tech Expo?

Ocean Tech Expo will focus on several key themes crucial to the defense technology sector and the broader maritime industry:

  • Offshore Wind and Renewables
  • Defense
  • Aquaculture and Fishing
  • Maritime Sector Decarbonization
  • Marine Autonomy Applications
  • Digital Innovation in Ports
  • Talent Attraction and Training
  • Investment Opportunities

These themes will be explored through various sessions and activities, demonstrating cross-cutting technologies and their applications in relevant markets.

What’s on at Ocean Tech Expo 2024?

Key Highlights:

  • Over 70 speakers across two days
  • Concurrent sessions in two lecture theaters
  • Opportunities to meet defense buyers
  • Insights into accessing leading maritime research in the SW and UK
  • Business support and investment readiness sessions
  • Networking events, including an evening cruise on Plymouth Sound

Sessions Include:

  • Review of Innovate UK Maritime Launchpad funding
  • “How to” and consortia forming sessions for tech specific initiatives
  • Funding opportunities from the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the European Space Agency
  • Support for innovation through IUK Edge and The Enterprise Europe Network
  • R&D Tax Credits and High Growth Accelerator sessions


  • 2-day ticket: £60 (including VAT)
  • 1-day ticket: £32.40 (including VAT)
  • Evening Boat Cruise and Dinner: £30 (separate ticket required)

Guest Speakers at Ocean Tech Expo

Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Sarah Kenny OBE: Chief Executive, BMT
  • John Davies: Director of Programme Delivery, Technology & Innovation, Harland & Wolff
  • David K. Browne: Director, Corporate and Social Affairs, MAERSK
  • Steve Wyatt: Director, Strategy & Emerging Technology, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Vaughan Weighill: Business Development Manager, Celtic Sea, RWE Renewables UK
  • Prof Deborah Greaves OBE: University of Plymouth
  • Rear Admiral Paul Carroll: Director, DE&S Gateway
  • Richard Powell: Director Strategic Engagement (Maritime), Qinetiq
  • Mike Knott CBE: Senior Maritime Capability Advisor, BAE Systems Maritime & Land
  • Tom Rooney: Senior Business Development Manager, Defence, Harland & Wolff
  • Brad Yelland: Chief Technology Officer, Babcock International
  • Prof Chris Smith: Director of the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, University of Exeter
  • Cdr Daniel Weil: Co-Director London Tech Bridge, RN Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • Anita Friend: Head of Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)
  • Eugene Bari: Chief Executive Officer, Ecomar Propulsion
  • Jake Rigby: Head of Innovation and Research, BMT
  • Matt Bolton: Chief Executive, UKNEST
  • Emma Johnson: Director of Marine Science & Technology Group (MSTG), Maritime Autonomous Systems Group (MASG), and SMI Futures

Where is Ocean Tech Expo 2024?

University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

More Information and Registration

To learn more about Ocean Tech Expo 2024, to register to attend or exhibit, please click below.

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