Blue Forum: Agenda

May 14, 2019

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Proceedings

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reception

Connecting Washington’s  robust ICT sector with its Maritime sector. Please join us to explore digital solutions for maritime trade.


Tuesday May, 14


8:00am – 8:30am

Olympic Room - Reception Area

Networking Continental Breakfast

Join us for coffee and breakfast as you get to know who is joining us.

8:30am – 8:45am

Olympic Room

Welcome & Introduction:

What Does #WaMaritimeBlue Look Like?

By Joshua Berger, Governor’s Maritime Sector Lead & WA Maritime Blue Founder & Board Chair

Washington's Strategy for the Blue Economy and how to implement it.

Joshua will provide some context for the day’s conversation by giving an overview of Washington State’s Strategy for the Blue Economy and the role for WA Maritime Blue – a strategic alliance for maritime innovation and sustainability.


8:30am – 8:45am

Olympic Room

Convergence: Silos crumbling in the face of change.

Keynote: Carleen Lyden Walker, CEO of SHIPPINGInsight and NAMEPA

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Carleen Lyden Walker is a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 40 years of experience.  She is the founder and CEO of Morgan Marketing & Communications, Co-Founder/Executive Director of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association), Founder of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage, Chief Evolution Officer for shippinginsight- the fleet optimization and innovation conference and exhibition, and Chief Marketing Officer for Artischain.

Carleen graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics) and studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration.  She is a member of the Connecticut Maritime Association, WISTA, the Marine Society, the National Press Club, and the President Emeritus of the Propeller Club Chapter of New York/New Jersey.  She is on the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, Billion Oyster Foundation, the New Era Academy Maritime Advisory Board, Tall Ships America and the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for Gibbs & Cox. 

Carleen is an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador serving to educate the public, particularly children, on the value of the maritime industry.  In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively. She held a Captain’s license to 100 tons. 


9:15am – 10:00am

Olympic Room

Panel: Ocean and Marine Health, Observation and Technology

Moderated By Sheida Sahandy, Executive Director, Puget Sound Partnership

How do we observe, monitor and analyze the status of ocean and environmental impacts? How do we gather, share and visualize what data we have? What are we missing? (expand for speaker list)

Speakers Include:

Dr. Jan Newton, Executive Director – Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS)

Erin Rothman – CEO & Founder, StormSensor     

Stefano Mazzilli – Partnerships and Technology, Pure Blue




10:30 am – 11:15am

Olympic Room

Panel: Maritime Operations & Technology

Moderated By Eleanor Kirtley, West Coast Program Manager – Green Marine

What are the needs and gaps for data collection and analytics to support maritime operations, decarbonization and industry impacts? What role can digitalization play? (expand for speaker list)

Speakers Include:

Kurt Beckett – Deputy Director, Northwest Seaport Alliance 

Lauren Offenbecher – Director of Strategy Development , SSA Marine (Invited)

Other Speakers Announced Soon…


11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Olympic Room

Panel: Maritime and Ocean Tech Solutions

Moderated By Anders Mikklesen, DNV GL

What is the current state of ocean/maritime digitalization? What tools are developing and already deployed? How do we scale? (expand for speaker list)

Speakers Include:

Cosmo King – CEO, ioCurrents

Vesa Koivumaa – Director of Strategy for the Americas, Wartsila (Invited)

Anuj Chopra – Vice President of Americas, RightShip 

Marten Karlstad – Commercial Manager IT and OT, Veracity – DNV GL 


12:30 am – 1:30 pm

Olympic Room

Networking Lunch

Convergence: Engage across the table with maritime and tech leaders.

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Olympic Room

Panel: The Digital Transformation

Moderated By Joseph Williams, Governor’s ICT Sector Lead – WA Dept. of Commerce

What expertise can Seattle's Tech industry bring to Maritime and Ocean needs? What tools may exist that have not yet entered the maritime/ocean market? How do the ICT and Maritime sectors meet and advance solutions? (expand for speaker list)

Speakers Include:

Raj Thiagarajan – Global Director and Startup Advisor, Microsoft Startups

Bob Rapp – Product Development Officer & Co-founder, QuadCrypt

Rob Tiffany – Worldwide VP of IoT Strategy, Ericsson

Alex Burkardt – Field CTO, Cybereason


2:30pm – 3:15pm

Olympic Room

Panel: The Future of Maritime Work

Moderated By Ann Avary, Director – NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology

How do we create inclusive pathways for youth, women, people of color? How do we improve training to transition with technology? How do we protect from reductions in living-wage, trade-based jobs from increased digitalization? (expand for speaker list)

Speakers Include:

Rep. Vandana Slatter – WA State Legislature (D-48)

Vince O’Halloran – Board Member, Puget Sound Maritime Trades – AFL-CIO

Barbara “b.g.” Nabors-Glass –  Vice President of Job Training, Seattle Goodwill




2:30pm – 3:15pm

Olympic Room

Wrap-up Panel: Uptown Tech Meets the Working Waterfront

Facilitated By Joshua Berger

One Panelist from each of the previous panels engage in dialogue from what they have heard and what we have collected throughout the day. Work to brainstorm, in real-time, possible Demonstration Projects to help advance optimization, observation, and decarbonization.




4:00pm – 6:00pm

Olympic Room

Networking Reception

Remarks from Hon. Kåre Aas 

Royal Norwegian Ambassador to the United States



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