A two-day conference on maritime domain awareness
at Google HQ in Mountain View, California.

April 23-24, 2014


The Partnerplex at building 40, Google HQ
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA


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We are at capacity.

The conference

"Gathering people from diverse spheres
to brainstorm on what is needed
to exponentially accelerate and enhance
the protection of marine life
using new technologies."

You are invited

I'm Jenifer Austin, I manage the Ocean Program at Google and I invite you to this mini-conference.


  1. Review the legal requirements for boosting protection of ocean life using new surveillance technologies. Specify best-practices and the legal frameworks needed for the geographies identified.
  2. Review the state of technology in light of requirements from enforcement and the judicial systems, and set goals to develop technologies to meet the legal requirements.
  3. Formulate potential collaborations and projects to move the needle forward.


  1. Have everyone problem-solving together and independently.
  2. Write a white paper that summarizes the findings of the legal framework and evidence required, and the status of technology, including its current limitations.
  3. A game plan so that different groups can move things forward
  4. A website, not just a fixed document but a place where people can go to see the latest on overfishing violations, regulations and technologies, and news postings.

Day one

Wednesday April 23, 2014

8:00 Light breakfast and coffee.
8:30 AM. Kickoff: Jenifer Austin, Manager, Google Ocean Program.
09:00-09:30 AM. Welcome: His Excellency Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland
09:30-10:00 AM. Michael T Jones (Google), "A future for Maritime Domain Awareness of Marine Protected Areas"
Late Morning - Case Studies
10:00-10:20 AM. Case Study 1: Joao Tasso de Sousa (University of Porto): "MDA: Azores to Mozambique to the Sargasso Sea"
10:20-10:40 AM. Case Study 2: Keobel V. Sakuma, Government of Palau: "Monitoring ocean assets for the future."
10:40-11:00 AM. Case Study 3: Barbara Block (Stanford): “Building A Wired Ocean for Marine Monitoring and Protection Using Gliders, Buoys and Tagged Animals in California, Palmyra Atoll, and the Chagos Archipeligo.”
11:00-11:20 PM. Case Study 4: Kaitilin Gaffney, Resources Legacy Fund, “Experience, California Plan; use tech to enforce Monterey Bay reserves Case Study.”
Lunch- Sign up to contribute to one of 4 case studies for later breakout. Fill out 90 sec pitch prep.
11:30-12:30 PM. Working lunch LUNCH. Barb Hibino, (Anthropocene): “Overview of Tech we can use now.”
Afternoon - Regional issues- think how some of regional issues might be resolved using tech.
12:30-1:00 PM. UPDATE Louis Lerman - A top-class UAV
1:00-1:30 PM Rebecca Moore (Google Manager), “Google Earth Engine and Geo for Good”
01:30-02:00 PM. UPDATE Kolbeinn Gunnarsson (Trackwell), “Iceland MDA innovation: tech, challenges; small boat phone tracking in Africa.”
02:00-02:30 PM. UPDATE Capt. Kent Everingham (US Coast Guard), “Coast Guard Maritime Domain Awareness and Law Enforcement.”
2:30-3:00 PM. Nese Demirdag and Mike Evanoff (Google Enterprise), “Geo Enterprise solutions.”
3-3:30 PM Coffee Break
3:30-5:00 PM. Lightning Round 90 sec Pitches. Can provide one slide. “Name, Org, What you are doing and how ocean tech can advance your work. I’m interested in getting x out of this.”
Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Unmanned Aircraft Reception
5:30-6:30 PM. Carpool to Stanford for Reception (Y2E2 building): Joint Mar WAM-V/quadcopter unmanned aircraft demo with Stanford UAV club.
Location: Y2E2 (Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy building), 473 Via Ortega on the Stanford campus. We’ll be on the terrace on the second floor. There should be plenty of parking in the garage located across from Y2E2 on the corner of Via Ortega and Panama Street. There is no charge after 4:00 p.m.
Break for day

Day two

Thursday April 24, 2014

7:45 AM. Light breakfast and coffee
Morning - Policy & Enforcement
8:30-8:50 AM. Anthony Long (Pew), “Tackling IUU Fishing Strategy”
08:50-09:10 AM. Paul Berkman (Cambridge) and Craig H. Allen (UW Law Professor), “Legal challenges for the Future of the Arctic”
9:10-9:20 AM. Sabine Jessen, (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society): “Glass sponge reefs MPA off British Columbia”
09:20-09:40 AM. Monica Jain (Fish 2.0), “How policy leadership can encourage business to help solve fisheries issues.”
09:40-10:00 AM. Paul Woods (Skytruth) and Ed Lorenzini (Spacequest) “Automated Fishing Behavior Detection with AIS.”
10:00-10:30 AM. Coffee BREAK- Discussion
10:30-11:00 AM. Jeff Ardron (IAAS Potsdam) and Kristina Gjerde (IUCN), “Furthering policy and ocean transparency on the High Seas”
11:00-11:30 AM. Ghislaine Maxwell (Terramar Project) “High Seas, public engagement, UN Ocean SDG policy.”
11:30-12:00 AM. Bob Farrell (California Dept of Fish & Wildlife), “California enforcement needs in reference to technology and supporting our MPA program.”
12:00-12:30 PM. Todd Jacobs (NOAA), “Challenges and successes of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for MPA and fishery surveillance and enforcement.”
12:30-1:00 PM. Working LUNCH: Phil McGillivary (US Coast Guard), “Overview of Coast Guard Arctic Science and Policy Strategy”
Afternoon - Technology
1:00-1:30 PM. Talk during lunch: Kurt Schwehr, Brendan Kenny, Paul Saxman, (Google Ocean/Dev Rel), “Google cloud for Big data: Global ship tracking.”
1:30-2:00 PM. Margo Edwards (Univ of Hawaii) “Picket Fence Hawaii- acoustics from wave gliders”
2:00–2:30 PM. John Stastney (US Navy Spawar) “ICODE MDA project: “using ais to catch illegal fishing of west africa and promise of future Sentinel 1 radar data for fishing vessel detection and oil bilge dumping.”
02:30-03:00 PM. Jay Shiveley (NASA), “UAVs - NASA monitoring tests and project Lessons learned.”
03:00-03:30 PM. Coffee BREAK
Late afternoon - Action
03:30-04:30 PM. Where do we go from here? Break into 4 case study groups- Sketch Action plan.
04:30-05:00 PM. Joint reporting of results.

Who is attending

Jacqueline Savitz


Vice President

Gale Filter

Community Action and Strategies for Empowerment (CASE)

President & CEO

Russell Moffitt

Marine Conservation Institute

MPAtlas.org Program Manager

Virgil Zetterlind

EarthNC, Inc


Peter Platzer

NanoSatisfi Inc


Isabella Conti

Marine Advanced Research

Executive Chairman

Shah Selbe

National Geographic Explorers Program

Engineer, Conservation Technologist

Robert Nolker

Analyze Corp.


Barbara Hibino

Anthropocene Institute


Aulani Wilhelm


Sloan Fellow

Ugo Conti

Marine Advanced Research, Inc.

VP and CTO

Kenneth Himschoot

Sea ID Ltd


Charlotte Marie Vick

Sylvia Earle Alliance

Partnership Director, Curator, EtO in Google Earth

Paul Arthur Berkman

University of California Santa Barbara


Bill Immerman

Immerman Associates, Inc.


Ed Lorenzini



Amber Jackson

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Graduate Student

Beth Kerttula

Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford

Visiting Fellow

Dino Lorenzini


President & CEO

Mark Gundersen

Marine Advanced Research


Jamie Griffith

Liquid Robotics

Sales Manager, Science and Commercial

Dmitriy Tseliakhovich

Escape Dynamics


Craig H. Allen

University of Washington


Robert Puccinelli

CA Fish and Wildlife


Martha Shaw

Earth Adv


John B. Davis



Ghislaine Maxwell

The TerraMar Project


Scott Borgerson



Bill Immerman

Immerman Associates, Inc.


CDR Troy Hosmer

Chief of Maritime Security and Law Enforcement

Lori Mazzuca


Marine Protected Species Program Manager

Barbara A. Block

Stanford University

Prothro Professor of Marine Sciences

Dan Verheul

Naval Postgraduate School

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

PISCO, Oregon State University

Director, Science of Marine Reserves Project

Monica Jain

Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc.

Founder and Director

Monica Medina

National Geographic Society

Senior Director, International Ocean Policy

Andrew Schofield

Sea ID


Jyotika Virmani


Technical Director, Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Sabine Jessen

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

National Oceans Director

Laura Viggiano

California Environmental Associates (CEA Consulting)

Senior Associate

Kristina M. Gjerde


Senior High Seas Advisor

Jonathan Muhiudeen

Google Ocean

Martha Shaw

Earth Advertising


Paul Wyatt

Liquid Robotics

Vice President of Data Services Engineering, Manager of Marine Security Products

Mimi Diorio


MPA Inventory GIS Manager

Richard Jenkins

Saildrone LLC


Ted Schmitt



Jeffrey N. Zerbe

Northrop Grumman Marine Systems


Jay Shively


Research Psychologist

Raechel Waters

Philanthrophic Initiatives, Vulcan Inc.

Senior Project Developer, Oceans

Carl Page

anthropocene institute



Liquid Robotics

Global Maritime Security Director

Sarah Lester

Sustainable Fisheries Group, UCSB

Research and Program Manager

David Helvarg

Blue Frontier

Executive Director

Robert Dahlgren


Research Scientist

Blake Bullock

Northrop Grumman

Director, Civil Air and Space

George Guerra

Northrop Grumman

Vice President Strategic Ventures

Octavio Aburto

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Assistant Professor

Paul Ortiz

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Andy Hock

Skybox Imaging

Senior Director

Patty Elkus

Directors Cabinet - SIO, MISSION BLUE and BLUE Ocean Film Festival

Board Member

Trent Lukaczyk

Stanford University

UAV Engineer

Andrew Sharpless



Jason Douglas

Latitude Engineering, LLC


Tom Nugent



Martha Shaw

Earth Advertising


Keobel Sakuma

Republic of Palau

Press Secretary

John Clark

Skybox Imaging

Enterprise Market Manager

Kolbeinn Gunnarsson

Trackwell hf

Director of Trackwell Maritime

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