Santa Cruz New Blue Tech MeetUp


O'Neill Sea Odyssey enjoyed tabling at Hotel Paradox yesterday evening to provide campaign information to, and network with, the many attendees for this month's Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp themed BLUE TECH: water and marine technologies. The line-up of presentations was indeed inspiring. We wish to thank Doug Erickson and his SCNT MeetUp Team for inviting us to participate, as well as, the folks who took time to learn more about OSO and our 100,000th Student Campaign.

Blue Tech presenters:

  • Deb Radcliff, West Marine's BlueFuture, presented on West Marine's grants for non-profit organizations dedicated to youth water-life recreation and education. O'Neill Sea Odyssey is a proud recipient of BlueFuture funding.
  • Gary Griggs, Institute of Marine Sciences at UCSC, provided a short introduction to Monterey Bay and how the combination of a unique, nearly pristine and mostly protected oceanographic environment has attracted a large and diverse group of academic, educational and research institutions that have made the region a global center for marine research and education.
  • Moderated by Toby Corey, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols discussed his research combining marine biology with neuroscience to explain why living near water makes us happier and healthier. Dr. J. Nichols is author of the NY Times Best Seller, Blue Mind.
Thank you, J, for the  blue marble !

Thank you, J, for the blue marble!

  • Christine Spiten, Blueye Robotics, and her team traveled all the way from Norway to share Pioneer: the next generation ocean drone.
  • Keri Waters, Buoy Labs, helped us better understand the importance of water conservation in our homes.
  • Craig Jones, Integral Consulting, presented on state-of-the-art ocean measurement technologies.
  • David Dennis, Ventana Surfboards & Supplies, showcased how Ventana has married traditional wooden surfboard craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology to drive their success.
  • John Jefferies, Clean Oceans International, updated us on cutting edge practical solutions for plastic solutions.