A lot of thought went into the selection of participants, speakers, workshop leaders, as well as to engage them during the event itself. We therefore made six major changes to this forum:
One distinguished KEYNOTE SPEAKER opened each day picked to inspire, connect with, and celebrate the diverse attendees.
Six PANEL DISCUSSIONS addressed each of the six themes of the forum: play, imagine, immerse, create, explore, connect. Each panel consisted of three or four speakers who gave short presentations on their work and its relation to the panel’s theme. Each panel was hosted by a moderator who set the stage for each discussion and thoughtfully included audience participants in the conversation.
LIGHTNING TALKS were held each afternoon and twenty-seven students and Ocean Discovery Fellows highlighted their work to all forum participants through 2-minute Lightning Talks. This platform was a way for the entire assembly to hear new work from individuals early in their careers and represent the diversity of the forum attendees.
WORKSHOPS were held each afternoon of All Hands on Deck. There were a total of ten workshops available to participants, and each attendee participated in four workshops, two per day. Workshop topics were intended to reinforce the themes discussed each day in a hands-on, participatory environment.
ART OF DISCOVERY - During lunch, breaks, and reception on Day 1, the Schmidt Ocean Institute Artist-at-Sea program, along with two panel speakers, exhibited their work ranging from glass sculpture to painting, highlighting the breadth of work portraying ocean science and data interpretation.
DEMONSTRATIONS of nine projects were available to participants during the lunch break on Day 2 of All Hands on Deck. Project leaders presented their research and results in an informal, conversational setting to allow participants to get an in-depth look at recent advances in ocean exploration and communication.
BOSTON OCEAN DAY - On Day 3, we deepened our commitment to engage the public with a free event at the New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX Theater.
This is post is part of series that shares the methods of planning All Hands on Deck and the resulting impact and recommendations generated from the event.