Where to be at OTC
It's the 50th year of the Houston Offshore Technology Conference — and a lot has changed about the program since 1969.
"In 1969 at OTC, you could see the suit we'd put humans in to go under water," Wafik Beydoun, chairman of the OTC board of directors tells InnovationMap. "Now, you can see the robots that explore the seafloor."
OTC, which takes place at NRG Park from May 6 to 9, is separated by a few different tracks. While there's no innovation track specifically, we've identified, with Beydoun's help, five different events to be sure to make if you're looking for startup involvement and innovative discussions.
May 5 — Data Gumbo's Pre-Party
Houston-based blockchain company, Data Gumbo, wants to help you start out OTC week right with a crawfish boil. Network outside of NRG Park — and with a beer in hand.
Details: The event is from 5 to 8 pm on Sunday, May 5, at The Cannon (1336 Brittmoore Rd). Learn more.
May 6 — The Rice Alliance Startup Roundup
Fifty promising energy technology companies will present to potential investors and OTC attendees. All of the startups have initial funding under their belts and are seeking their A, B, C, or later rounds with technology validation, field trial experience, and/or initial company revenue.
Details: The event is from 2 to 4:30 pm on Monday, May 6, at NRG Arena, level 2 in the Stockman's Club. Learn more.
May 6 — OTC Spotlight on New Technology® Award Program
Check out the latest and greatest from offshore tech at this awards presentation. Hey startups, here's the tech O&G companies care about.
Details: The event is from 4 to 5 pm on Monday, May 6, at NRG Center, level 1, Rotunda Area. Learn more.
May 6-8 — OTC University R&D Showcase
The OTC University R&D Showcase provides universities the opportunity to share with attendees their current and planned R&D projects that are relevant to offshore technology and bend the ear of over 60,000 professionals.
Details: The event is from Monday, May 6, to Wednesday, May 8, at NRG Center, level 2, outside room 600. Learn more.
May 8 — Women in the Industry Sharing Experiences (WISE): Diversity Drives Innovation: Start the Conversation
Samina Farid leads the discussion on diversity, inclusion, and innovation.
Details: The event is from 7:30 to 9 am on Wednesday, May 8. Location not indicated. Learn more.
May 8 — Young Professionals: The Tech Young Professionals Need to Know About
This young professional event is inclusive, information-rich, and inspirational. The event consists of a panel discussion where you have the opportunity to learn from successful industry leaders about the future of oil and gas technology and networking where you can enjoy a game of networking Bingo and find your future business partner, new best friend, or both.
Details: The event is from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, May 8, in room 202. Learn more.
Bonus — Week-long exhibition
Stop by the exhibit all week long to see examples of new offshore technology from leading companies. Learn more.