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Ocean Exchange and the Marine Research Hub Announce Final Plans for October Innovation Event in Fort Lauderdale

By: PRLog

Host Committee Formed with South Florida Dignitaries to Welcome the Global Ocean Exchange Event October 24-26, 2021

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Oct. 11, 2021 - PRLog -- Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Ocean Exchange will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, featuring twelve innovative, sustainable worldwide solutions that support healthy oceans, resilient coastal systems, and sustainable ocean transportation and goods movement. Ocean Exchange is partnered with the Marine Research Hub of South Florida (MRH) and is finalizing its plans to receive global attendees and innovators.  Local leaders from Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties formed a host committee to welcome the visitors from government, business, NGOs, and academia who will participate in the Ocean Exchange event. Host committee members are:

Mayor Steve Geller, Broward County

Mayor Dean Trantalis, City of Fort Lauderdale

President Greg Haile, Broward College

Peggy Nordeen, STARMARK

Dan Lindblade, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Kareen Boutros, Broward Workshop

Ina Lee, Travel Host Magazine

Julie Berry, CBRE Marine Group

Juliet Roulhac, Florida Power & Light

Tim Petrillo, The Restaurant People

John Kelly, Bradford Marine

Dennis Smith, TripScott, Attorneys at Law

Gary Goldfarb, Miami-Dade Beacon Council

Representative Kelly Skidmore, Florida State Legislature

Christopher Mackin, Bleakley Financial and Ocean Exchange Board Member

Representative Toby Oberdorf, Florida State Legislature

Dr. Harry Moon, Nova Southeastern University

David Coddington, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

James Kohnstamm, Miami-Dade Beacon Council

Rob Kornahrens, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Board

Broward College and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation are each sponsoring a $10,000 Collegiate Award in addition to the Ocean Exchange $25,000 Collegiate Award.   Ocean Exchange continues to offer its $100,000 Neptune Award, in part sponsored by the Marine Research Hub,  and its $100,000 Orcelle® Award, sponsored by Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

Ocean Exchange also recognizes the industry leaders on its Solutions Review Team, the group that picked the Solutions Inspiring Action Winners who will compete for the monetary awards.

The Marine Research Hub, headquartered in South Florida, is a 501.c.3 formed to solidify collaboration among four university oceanographic research centers, three economic development organizations, and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to establish the region as a global leader in oceanographic research and increase the likelihood of research projects reaching completion in the form of commercialization and technology transfer to benefit the earth and positively impact the human condition. For more about the Marine Research Hub, visit

Ocean Exchange ™ accelerates the adoption of solutions that help economies, health, and the environment while respecting cultures around the world.  Celebrating its tenth year, it has awarded $1.7 million of non-dilutive grants to innovative start-up companies.  Learn more at

Millicent Pitts

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