OCEANS’12 MTS/IEEE Hampton Roads will convene at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Oct 14 – 19, 2012. The Centre has an abundance of exhibit space and plenty of meeting rooms to accommodate the the needs of exhibitors and attendees. The Local Organizing Committee for has set up a website  where anyone interested in the event can get more informaiton. Click here to visit the site.

According to organizers, the reasons to exhibit at OCEANS 2012 incude:

  • An opportunity to attend technical sessions and hear the latest ideas about ocean science and marine technology and meet with industry, academia, local, state, federal government officials.
  • Take advantage of amenities sucjh as Wi-Fi, business center, easy shipping and mailing, lunch service, which will enable you to conduct your normal business while networking with technologists, decision makers, politicians and potential clients.
  • Visit marine science centres in the region

The theme, “harnessing the power of the oceans,” speaks to the intent of what promises to be the largest OCEANS conference to date.You should exhibit at OCEANS 2012 if you are in national ocean enterprise ventures, sea level rise and/or coastal inundation research, marine renewable energy development, offshore wind initiatives, marine spatial planning, integrated ocean observing, marine vehicle autonomy programs and other engineering and marine science endeavors.

Important Dates for exhibotors ot mark in hteir calendar include:

Exhibit Move In: Oct. 14, 15

Exhibit Floor Open: Oct. 16, 17

Exhibitor’s Reception: Oct. 16

Gala at Nauticus National Maritime Center: Oct. 17

Exhibit Dismantle: Oct. 18

To make the event as user freindly as possible the planners are including downtown Norfolk in the event as well. The gala on Oct. 17 Wed. night will be held at the Nauticus National Maritime Center, adjacent to the Battleship Wisconsin and the Half Moone Cruise Ship terminal. This location was selected not only for the enjoyable amenities but also for the adjacent marina which is ideal for conducting in-the-water equipment displays–if this is something  in which you and your enterprise might be interested.

There is easy dock access in the marina, and bulkhead frontage to the Elizabeth River. Exhibitors would be able to deploy sensors arrays here with access to data streaming to the Convention Centre  in real time. Conference peak days are Oct 16, 17, & 18 during which the Organizers could schedule transportation and sessions at Nauticus, where delegates (potential clients or partners?) get hands-on experience. And of course these displays would be available to everyone for perusal during the Wednesday night gala.