By Tim Ryan

In an exciting development for the maritime and technology sectors, the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub, in partnership with the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Old Dominion University, has announced a significant leap forward in ocean observation technologies. This advancement comes with the award of a prestigious grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through its U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Program. This grant aims to kickstart an accelerator program to bolster businesses focused on developing cutting-edge technologies and information services in ocean observation.

This groundbreaking initiative underscores the crucial role of data in navigating the myriad challenges and opportunities the marine environment presents. The insights garnered through enhanced ocean observation technologies are pivotal, from offshore renewable energies and coastal adaptation strategies to carbon capture techniques and ecosystem monitoring. Not only do they promise to refine our decision-making processes and operational efficiencies, but they also hold the key to unlocking sustainable solutions for the United States and the global community at large.

In line with this ambitious project, the OpenSeas Technology Hub at ODU is extending an invitation to join its vibrant maritime community. This initiative is geared towards cultivating a dynamic network of innovators, entrepreneurs, and organizations, all united by a common goal: to spearhead transformative solutions addressing the vast array of challenges within the maritime domain. The OpenSeas Business Opportunity Dojo program stands at the forefront of this mission, offering invaluable resources, networking opportunities, and a platform for members to exchange experiences, pinpoint challenges, and collaboratively work toward innovative solutions.

Membership to this burgeoning community is free, and applications are open to both local and international participants. While preference is extended to individuals and companies based in or aiming to operate within the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area, the OpenSeas initiative welcomes global participation, reflecting its inclusive and far-reaching vision.

This initiative represents a significant stride towards fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration within the maritime sector. By leveraging the collective expertise and ingenuity of its community members, OpenSeas and ODU’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship are addressing immediate technological needs and paving the way for a future where oceanic realms are navigated with unprecedented insight and foresight.

For those inspired to join this transformative journey, details regarding the application process can be found here. To learn more about the OpenSeas Technology Hub and its vision, visit

As we embark on this voyage of discovery and innovation, the horizon is bright with the promise of solutions that enhance our understanding of the oceans and contribute to a sustainable future for our planet. Together, we are charting a course toward innovation, driven by the power of collaboration and the unyielding spirit of discovery.