Hampton Roads TechSurge

Resilient Coasts: Adapting Today to Secure Tomorrow

May 14-15, 2020
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia

Mark your calendars and join the Marine Technology Society Hampton Roads Section and Old Dominion University, for the Resilient Coasts: Adapting Today to Secure Tomorrow TechSurge.

MTS TechSurge events, held in a variety of locations, are focused around areas of special interest to the marine technology community.

Program Highlights

A stimulating, two-day event to include keynote presentations, panel discussions and invigorating technical and practical discourse to accelerate the innovation of products and solutions needed to mitigate and adapt to sea level rise, the effects of severe weather events, and increased flooding frequency on Federal, state, and local infrastructure, and lands.

This TechSurge will help set the stage for OCEANS 2022 Oct 17-20 in the Virginia Beach Convention Center where we expect over 3000 attendees from over 35 countries to present and discuss resilience challenges and solutions.  

Why attend?

Network with local and regional municipalities, businesses, industry, military, NGOs, and academic partners with common interests and expertise to help reduce duplication of effort. This event will cross disciplines and all levels of government to:

  • Identify shared challenges, data needs, expertise and best practices
  • Link and leverage technologies (ocean observing, Internet of Things, and sea level, seafloor, and other measurements) and innovations
  • Understanding of local issues that have regional impacts and national significance
  • Connect and collaborate with a whole of government, academia and industry approach

Why Exhibit?

The gang’s all here! Let the TechSurge connect you with highly talented students, faculty and professionals. Representatives from the Federal, state and local levels in addition to academia, NGOs and industry partners will all be in attendance and in search of solutions to ensure their community’s long-term security

  • Facilitated floor discussion with high level leaders
  • Demonstrations and discovering opportunities
  • Access to decision makers and their latest plans
  • Showcase the latest emerging technologies for sea level and coastal-marine environments

About TechSurge Host

Old Dominion University, Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

Old Dominion University, located in the coastal city of Norfolk, is Virginia’s entrepreneurial-minded doctoral research university with more than 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.

The Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Resilience (ICAR) builds on years of investment and commitment by Old Dominion University. With a foundation and growth in faculty expertise plus a prime location in a natural test bed, ODU faculty are vested in the vital work of coastal adaptation and resilience. We are leaders in interdisciplinary research, apply our strengths to science and practice, and promote strong engagement with the community.

Conference Venue

Ted Constant Convocation Center
Old Dominion University
4320 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23508

Who should attend?

Local planners, scientists, and concerned citizens paired with Federal and State level leaders to combat sea level rise and severe weather event recovery and sustainability issues. Special attention will be given to global issues with regional impact.


Contact Laura Rogers at ljrogers5@gmail.com or Ray Toll at 757-635-0831 or rtoll@odu.edu.



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