BlueTech Innovation for a Developing Arctic

Organized by the Fletcher School at Tufts University 18. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 17:15-18:45

Location: Eyri, Harpa Second Level

Blue Technology (BlueTech), maritime-oriented technology, is changing the ways humans interact with the ocean.  

New maritime technologies drive economic opportunities in sustainable fishing, renewable energy, and ocean data collection – and extend across diverse but complementary industries, including naval architecture, the Internet of Things, data science, and alternative energy.  This panel will explore BlueTech trends and how they could help Arctic communities implement sustainable development.

The panelists represent leaders across the BlueTech domain, including the private sector, public sector, and academia.  They represent diverse industries, including fishing, energy, data science, and entrepreneurship, to provide a comprehensive view of BlueTech’s impact.


  • Þór Sigfússon, Founder and CEO, Iceland Ocean Cluster House: Iceland Ocean Cluster House as a Blue Tech Innovation Model.
  • Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Developing Renewable Energy in the Arctic - Successes and Challenges.
  • Matthew Merighi, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Blue Water Metrics Inc: Data and BlueTech: A New Arctic Resource?
  • Jack Whitacre, Research Fellow, Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc: Cyber-Security and BlueTech Innovation in the Arctic.
  • Edward Anthes-Washburn, Executive Director, Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts: Sustainable Fishing and BlueTech Innovation in the Arctic.
  • Andrew C. Hess, Professor of Diplomacy & Director, Program on Southwest Asia & Central Asia, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University: Sustainable Strategies for Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration in the Arctic.


  • Rockford Weitz, Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach & Director, Maritime Studies Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University