Poole Maritime Festival’s business programme has once again reigned successful this year, attracting around 450 delegates over the five days.
The BCP council run programme is designed to celebrate Dorset’s outstanding maritime industry.
This year, the “Looking to the Future” focus was based upon how innovation in technology and smart systems is influencing the future of the sector.
Graham Farrant, Chief Executive of BCP Council, said: “I am delighted that the Poole Maritime Festival Business Programme continues to grow year on year in strength and numbers.
“It is very important for the Council to continue supporting and investing into this event to help grow our significantly important marine and maritime sector locally.”
The programme was launched by the Smart Ports Focus Group. This entailed a full day of exploring challenges, opportunities and creative ideas for smart port solutions, organised by the Council. The event boasted an attendance of 80 local and international delegates in areas such as port stakeholders, local and central government and university researchers, amongst others.
The second event of the festival was the Maritime Business Breakfast at Rick Stein, hosted by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which gave an opportunity for local businesses to network and share their ideas;
Next came the Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster’s Women in Engineering event at the RNLI. Here, around 50 delegates heard from a number of inspiring females from the RNLI, Siemens and more. They spoke on their career paths and the different initiatives to encourage more girls to take up a career in engineering.
The week culminated a Marine STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge organised by BCP council, Barclays Eagle Lab and Young Enterprise.
Teams of year nine students from local schools were mentored by business leaders from Siemens, Actisense and BCP Council to compete and build the best solution to to tackle local flooding using IoT technology.The winning team was from St Edwards school.
Jim Stewart, Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “Poole Maritime Festival has delivered a thought-provoking programme, focusing on innovation in the maritime sector.
“The Festival is a unique event in the UK maritime calendar which is growing in stature every year and is one which Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and PHC are very much proud to be associated.”
The programme was followed by the popular Poole Harbour Boat Show at the weekend.
For more information on the public festival, visit www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk/public-festival