• Monday

  • Tuesday

  • Wednesday

  • Thursday


Structured around the industry’s key disciplines, the 2017 programme featured different ‘streams’ to help delegates plan their time effectively. If focused on operations, for example, delegates could plan to prioritise their sessions over the course of the four days whilst still allowing time to explore other areas of interest. Click here to understand more about the programme streams.

With a variety of keynote sessions, workshops, provoking spotlights and valuable networking time, The Superyacht Forum 2017 programme was designed to inspire, spark ideas and bring a range of voices and from inside and outside the industry. Scroll down to see the dynamic discussions that took place over the four days, click on the sessions for more information. 

Have an idea for the 2018 programme? Email Feyi Taiwo feyi@thesuperyachtgroup.com
To view the programme from our 2017 event please click here.


Monday

09:00-10:45
Registration

Forum Lounge

Registration and networking breakfast

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10:45-11:00
Opening Address

Forum

The Chairman will open The Superyacht Forum to set the tone and agenda for the next four days.

Martin H. Redmayne
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11:00-12:00
The 10-year Blueprint

Forum

A look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the past 25 years of the industry; How can the industry ensure that the next generation of brokers, managers, crew, designers and shipyards inherit a strong and stable market and what needs to change for the Future…?

 

Captain AJ Anderson
Wim Koersvelt
John Leonida
Captain Adrian McCourt
Martin H. Redmayne
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12:00-12:30
Coffee and Networking Break

Forum Lounge

Coffee and networking break

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12:30-13:30
Diesel Electric Propulsion in Yachts

The Brain Box

A case study in the applications of successful DEP into superyachts, with discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of using this technology. 

Jon Burton
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12:30-13:30
Future trends: Yacht management

The Think Tank

Yacht operations have finally embraced and adopted construction standards and regulatory frame of commercial shipping. What recent developments and trends will infiltrate yacht operations and management in years to come? 

Capt. Michael J. Zerr
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12:30-13:30
The Black Pearl Case Study

Forum

The rare insight into the next-generation technology found on board this future-thinking vessel. Hear from the owner's representative, chief engineer and captain on how this owner has set a new standard for energy and efficiency.

Captain Chris Gartner, S/Y Black Pearl

Derek Munro, Yacht Consultancy

Richard Tatlowe, S/Y Black Pearl

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13:30-15:00
Lunch

Lunch Room

Lunch and networking break

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15:00-16:00
Superyacht Fiscal

The Brain Box

What are the implications of regulations and tax in the superyacht industry? This session will look at fiscal policies; tax, law, regulations and topics alike affecting the management and operations of superyachts. 

 

Nic Arnold
René van der Paardt
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15:00-16:00
SY Intelligence: Marinas and Berthing

The Workshop

The Superyacht Intelligence Agency will present a detailed, data driven report about this area of the market.

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15:00-16:00
Redefining Intelligence

Forum

How are the Rolls Royce changing the face of AI and innovating the way that marine vessels navigate the waters? This presentation will give an insight into how one of the leaders in this field are driving forward the market - is this the future for superyachts?

 

 

 

Oskar Levander
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15:00-16:00
Refit & Captains

The Think Tank

What do captains want from shipyards? What do shipyards want from captains? Hear from both sides and discuss how the industry can improve this relationship.

Captain Maurizio Capitani, M/Y Johanna

Captain Guy Booth, M/Y Aurelia

 

 

Rob Papworth
Tristan Rowe
Rasmus Topsch
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16:00-17:00
Afternoon Coffee

Forum Lounge

Wine and Networking Break

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17:00-18:00
Red Ensign Code - The Launch

Forum

Hear from key figures behind the new code from the largest flag states across the globe. Is this indicative of an industry open to change? The panel will examine the intricacies of the code, as well as discuss the role of flags on a broader level.

Stuart Hannam, Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Jo Assael
Angus Lamming
Sir Alan Massey
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17:00-18:00
Rolls Royce: Q&A

The Think Tank

Complementing the earlier presentation, Levander will discuss situational awareness, remote operations, composite materials, advanced propulsion and lower emissions technology.

Oskar Levander
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17:00-18:00
Building a Totally Connected Ocean

The Brain Box

Good communications is the excuse most owners need to get afloat. 

Kymeta and KĀLO solution integrates seamlessly with the e3 HYBRID Total Communications Solution to create what the client really wants: a truly flexible, secure, reliable, scalable, future proof and customisable solution.

 

                                                                                                                  

Greg Butler-Davis
Amy Kemp
Hakan Olsson
Andrew Schofield
Malcolm Taylor
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18:00-18:30
Fireside Chat...

Forum

Influential figures of the industry will discuss the past, present and future of superyachts. How have their businesses grown in the past 25 years; what mistakes have been made; and what lessons in business can the industry learn? 

Richard Gardiner, Global Services

Dean Du Toit, National Marine

Martin H. Redmayne
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18:30-19:30
Welcome Drinks Reception sponsored by Superyacht25

Innovation Lounge

Join us for a refreshing drink in the Partners Lounge as we celebrate the first day of The Superyacht Forum 2017. Share your thoughts on the opening days sessions, catch up with old acquaintances, make new connections and discuss the ways in which we can work towards a strong and sustainable market for the next decade.

Be sure to visit the Superyacht25 hub where you are invited to offer your views on the best superyachts, icons and innovations in the industry from the past 25 years.

 

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Tuesday

09:30-10:30
Registration

Forum Lounge

Registration and Networking Breakfast

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10:30-11:30
Nobility of Purpose: The REV Project

Forum

A unique case study on how an experienced yacht owner is creating one of the most advanced research superyachts, to prove that yachts can have a real purpose and deliver experiences an information that can make a difference.

George Gill, REV Project
Espen Oeino, Espen Oeino International
Jonny Horsfield, H2 Yacht Design
Severin Åkervik Ulstein, VARD

Espen Oeino
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11:30-12:00
Coffee Break and Networking Break

Forum Lounge

Coffee and Networking

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12:00-13:00
Cyber Hacking: The Real Deal

The Think Tank

There's been a lot of talk in the industry about cyber security and potential hacks on superyachts, but what are the actualities of these attacks? Hear from a former hacker-turned cyber expert who will demonstrate in a live environment how serious these issues can be.

 

Cal Leeming
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12:00-13:00
Pinmar Standard 2.0

Forum

A new industry standard for paint application? Hear from the team behind this updated initiative for the superyacht market.

Ken Hickling, Sherpa 63 Consultancy

 

Remy Millott
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12:00-13:00
Navigating outside western yachting

The REG Room

A case study in moving away from the traditional cruise routes. This session will look at each aspect of operating a yacht in these conditions, from the vessel itself to crew training.

John Hoeven, Castor Networks

 

 

Thomas Andersson
Tony Nicholson
Jason Roberts
Christoph Schaefer
Mark Vermeulen
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12:00-13:00
The Intelligent Owner

The Paint Shed

This session will look at the different ownership models currently in the industry, as well as exploring the possibilities and future trends of the next generation of superyacht owners.

Powered by Superyacht Intelligence. 

Erwin Bamps
Laurent Debart
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13:00-13:30
Domeless from Seattle

Forum

The yacht industry can now look forward to not only the possibility, but the reality, of domeless vessels and communication capabilities. The results are not just service related but have a big element involved with improving design.

 

 

Martin Francis
Roger Horner
Hakan Olsson
Andrew Schofield
Ben Julian Toth
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13:30-15:00
Lunch

Lunch Room

Lunch buffet

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15:00-16:00
Pushing the Limits: Gravity

Forum

Richard Browning has spent his life looking at things from a different perspective, innovating businesses and technologies. The so-called 'Real Life Iron Man', Browning will take the audience through the journey behind his invention and inspire the audience to think further-afield, from design to best practices in business.

 

Richard Browning
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15:00-16:00
Welcome to the age of Smart Iron

The Paint Shed

This workshop will explore the different building blocks of digitally enabled services, using practical examples and case studies from work in real operations.

Bert Ritscher
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15:00-16:00
Crew Skills & Issues

The Think Tank

The industry faces an approaching skills gap due to an alleged apparent hiring bias towards youthful vigour rather than long term experience. What is the solution to this problem and can we change industry attitudes?

Mr Michael Kurtz,  The Pantaenius Group

Captain Adrian Croft
Franc Jansen
Laurence Lewis
Andrew Schofield
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15:00-16:00
REG Code & Flexibility in Design

The REG Room

Following the launch of the new REG Yacht Code, How can the code be used best to achieve the flexibility to produce unique designs.  The new sections on Equivalent Arrangements, Alternative Design and Arrangements will be explained and put into context of the new REG-YC. 

Jo Assael
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16:00-16:30
Coffee Break

Forum Lounge

Coffee and Networking

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16:30-17:00
IMO III solutions for superyachts

Forum

What are the design considerations for IMO III SCR solutions within the limited space for superyachts? This technical session will explore the advantages of integrated development and validation of engines, controls, mixing devices and SCR, as well as how joint development will lead to smaller footprint units.

 

Leif Gross
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17:15-18:00
Floating on the Market

Forum

Global Yachting Group (GYG), is the only superyacht painting, supply and maintenance business to be listed on the AIM segment of the London Stock Exchange, a major milestone

How can the industry improve it's financial security and credibility for the future?  

Remy Millott
Stephen Murphy
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17:15-18:00
Cyber Insurance

The Paint Shed

Superyachts and the business that work within the superyacht industry are becoming increasingly aware of the risk cybercrime poses, but has this been reflected in their insurance policies?

 

Michael Blake
Nicola Kingman
Paul Miller
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17:15-18:00
3D Printing

The Brain Box

3D printing is rapidly developing technology and is revolutionising industries – This session will examine the ‘complexity for free’ solution of 3D printing. How soon will this new technology take over from traditional means of building yachts?

 

Anxo Mourelle
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17:15-18:00
Pushing the Limits: Gravity - Q&A

The Think Tank

An in-depth discussion and Q&A with the 'Real Life Iron Man'.

Richard Browning
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18:00-23:00
The Superyacht Forum Party in association with the Red Ensign Group

 

It’s time for the most highly anticipated social event in the Superyacht calendar, The Superyacht Forum’s Annual Party, brought to you in association with the Red Ensign Group. This year the event will take place at 5&33, part of the art’otel in central Amsterdam. Located opposite the iconic Central station, 5&33 seamlessly fuses art and life in the very heart of cosmopolitan Amsterdam creating the perfect place to catch up, unwind and kick back. Wear something red, grab a cocktail and don’t forget to visit the photobooth for your own souvenir from the night.

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Wednesday

09:00-10:00
Registration

Forum Lounge

Registration and Networking Breakfast 

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10:00-11:00
Provoking thought, enacting change

Forum

How can we challenge contemporary ideals and processes to grow our industry? Innovative strategist and thought-leader Alf Rehn will delve into how routine can suppress creativity. Hear from a man who has advised a range of Fortune 500 companies, as well as founding his own successful advertising agency, about how we can bring this method of business into the superyacht market.

 

 

Alf Rehn
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10:00-11:00
REG Code ‘The Annexes’

The REG Room

A brief re-introduction to the new REG Yacht Code. The annexes will be listed, with discussions focusing on the Batteries, Overside working systems, Passengers and Operational readiness; maintenance and inspections.

Angus Lamming
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10:00-11:00
The Caribbean Update

The Brain Box

Following the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean earlier this year, we hear from a number of individuals from the area. What can the yachting industry do to give back to the region?

Norina Edelman, IMM Yachting  

Captain Tim Forderer, YachtAid Global

Norma Trease

 

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10:00-11:00
The Art of Valuations

The Think Tank

This session will delve into the world of superyacht brokerage. What are the key parameters for a yacht’s valuation and how is this process changing?

Olivier Blanchet
Sam Tucker
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10:00-11:00
METSTRADE

 

A dedicated time for The Superyacht Forum attendees to explore METSTRADE, the world's largest marine equipment trade show.

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11:00-12:00
Coffee Break

Forum Lounge

Coffee and Networking

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12:00-13:00
Associations

The Think Tank

In this dynamic discussion, representatives from various different industry associations will discuss their work within the market. What are their aims and how can we work better together?

Ken Hickling, Sherpa 63 Consultancy 

MaryAnne Edwards, AIMEX 

John Wyborn, MYBA 

Stefano Pagani, ICOMIA 

Theo Hooning
Lorenzo Pollicardo
Richard Selby
Jeroen Sirag
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12:00-13:00
Superyacht Intelligence: Shipyards

The Brain Box

The Superyacht Intelligence Agency will present a detailed, data driven presentation with information from The Superyacht Annual Reports: Refit and New Build.

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12:00-13:00
Tomorrow's connectivity, today

The REG Room

Kymeta & e3 Systems 

What is the power behind global connectivity? This workshop, will explore the revolution behind the technologies getting us to connect.

The first steps to going flat, the installation options and the experience. 

 

 

 

 

Adam Aquilina
Roger Horner
Hakan Olsson
Danny Remkes
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12:00-13:30
Film Screening: 'A Plastic Ocean’

Forum

The superyacht industry is waking up to the issues of plastic pollution. This screening of the powerful film provides an unflinching look at the devastating effect of plastic on our oceans and marine ecosystems. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with a representation from the Plastic Oceans Foundation and industry members who are taking a stand against ocean pollution.

Plastic Oceans Foundation

 

David Jones
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13:00-13:30
Innovation space showcase

Innovation Lounge

A time to explore the event and the innovative business models changing the future of the industry.  

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13:30-15:00
Lunch

Lunch Room

Lunch and Networking

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14:15-14:45
The Clearwater Campaign

The Think Tank

Superyacht brokerage house, Y.CO and Emily Penn, ocean conservationist, are collaborating to educate and inform the market with a new #CLEARWATER campaign. Learn about their initiative and find out why they are teaming up to fight against ocean pollution. 

Charlie Birkett
Emily Penn
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15:00-16:00
Submersible Integration for SY

The Think Tank

What do designers and builders need to know about including a submersible on their vessel? This practical discussion will cover the dos and do nots of design for launch, recovery and integration of submersibles.

John Ramsay, Triton Submarines

Hector Salvador, Triton Submarines

Alexander Flemming, MY Alucia

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15:00-16:00
Remote Monitoring – Hype or Reality?

The Workshop

What are the benefits and challenges of remote monitoring on vessels? How do we apply knowledge and improved functionality for ship owners, manufactures, and suppliers? In this panel discussion led by Paul Smulder of Radio Holland, we find out if remote monitoring is a hype or reality?

Paul Smulders, CEO, Radio Holland

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15:00-16:00
Electrostatic Paint

The Paint Shed

Electrostatic spraying vs standard spraying. How is this technology changing the face of the superyacht paint industry?

Ken Hickling, Sherpa 63 Consultancy 

Steve Mannouch
Remy Millott
Gareth Thomas
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15:00-16:00
Taking ownership of our oceans

Forum

A panel of ocean conservationists and superyacht industry professionals will discuss how our market can take an active role in protecting our oceans.

Captain Michael Dunker, (MY Awatea)

Charlie Birkett
Vienna Eleuteri
David Jones
Emily Penn
Martin H. Redmayne
Richard Vevers
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15:00-16:00
Charter: A New Approach?

The Brain Box

Belgian entrepreneur and yacht enthusiast Matty Zadnikar will present an insightful talk on the yachting industry from an owner’s perspective. The session will provide insights into the global movement of the sharing economy and how it’s changing not only the yachting industry but how HNW invest and use their time.

 

Matty Zadnika
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16:00-16:30
Coffee Break

Forum Lounge

Wine and Networking Break 

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16:30-17:30
The Future of Data

Forum

What sort of data is being produced from equipment and systems on board yachts, what are the challenges facing yachts and engineers, what are the opportunities that all this additional data offer, and how do we cost-effectively we get data on and off the yachts?

Leslie Bell-Friedel
Michael Blake
Matthew Buley
Roger Horner
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16:30-17:30
Film Screening: Chasing Coral

The Think Tank

This award-winning documentary highlights the massive destruction to coral reefs, due to global warming and climate change, and how scientists and conservationists are working tirelessly to rebuild these ecosystems. Introduced by Richard Vevers, founder of The Ocean Agency.

Richard Vevers
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17:30-19:00
The Superyacht Party in association with METSTRADE

Innovation Lounge

The Superyacht Party, in association with METSTRADE, brings together Superyacht Forum delegates and Superyacht Pavilion exhibitors, giving you the chance to broaden your network with the top influencers in the industry. Unwind with drinks and canapés in the Innovation Lounge, share your thoughts on the day’s sessions and enjoy some live music before we take on the final day of The Superyacht Forum.

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Thursday

09:30-10:30
Registration

Amtrium

Registration and Networking Breakfast

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10:30-11:30
What Design Can Do

The Blueprint - Keynote

Richard Van Der Laken is a designer, maverick, innovator, artist and social activist. Using his experience at De Designpolitie and his campaign 'What Design Can Do', Van Der Laken will give an insight into his unique perspectives on design from outside the industry, inspiring superyacht designers to try something a little different.

 

Richard van der Laken
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10:30-11:30
Changing the face of yachting

The Drawing Board

Kymeta & e3 Systems 

"We can remove the carbuncles from the face of an old friend" – Prince Charles.

Does the advent of flat panels give designers more freedom to express their creativity? 

 

 

 

 

Hamid Bekradi
Ben Julian Toth
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10:30-11:30
Superyacht Life or Death

The Blank Canvas

Marketing is how ideas spread and where recognition begins; This workshop is designed to explore what the industry is doing well and where it is wasting energies and budgets, linking to the marketing initiatives from SYBAss called Superyacht Life. 

How can the industry breathe new life into the market, rather than flog it to death with predictable methodologies...? 

 

Mark Duncan
Farouk Nefzi
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11:30-12:00
Coffee Break

Amtrium

Coffee Break

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12:00-12:15
Activate-Innovate: An Intro

The Blueprint - Keynote

Ahead of the afternoon's 'Activate-Innovate' workshop, Robert Henderson will ask a couple of questions for the audience to ponder over the course of the day, and bring ideas to work with in the afternoon.

Robert Henderson
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12:15-13:30
Designing around 500GT

The Blank Canvas

This session will look at the implications of designing around 500gt. What are the consequences of these regulations for shape, materials and a designer’s approach to concepts?

 

Eize van den Heuvel
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12:15-13:30
Detailed Design: Virtualisation

The Drawing Board

Is the industry aware of its own capabilities? –  this session will take a look at the current technologies changing the way we look at design, improving the efficiency and pushing the industry’s boundaries for change.

Jeff Christiansen
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12:15-13:30
10 Branding Commandments

The Blueprint - Keynote

The mind behind Contagious, a global intelligence source that helps marketers navigate the complexity of modern marketing, Kemp-Robertson will identify the trends and innovations being deployed by future-facing brands. What lessons are to be drawn when engaging with the ever changing UHNW audience, and what is his 10 step guide to brand bravery?  

Paul Kemp-Robertson
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13:30-15:00
Lunch

Amtrium Foyer

Lunch

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15:00-16:00
Ask REG

The Drawing Board

A Q&A concluding the previous REG Code Workshops. Themes will be taken from questions raised during previous workshops and the opportunity to further explain the technical background to the Code. 

Stuart Hannam, Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

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15:00-16:00
Designers' Den

The Blueprint - Keynote

Established, eminent designers will take to the stage and advise younger designers on their concepts, providing their unique viewpoint on the next-generation.

Tony Castro, Tony Castro Design 

 

 

 

Martin Francis
Ken Freivokh
Greg Marshall
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15:00-16:00
Activate-Innovate

The Blank Canvas

The workshop will function as a fun, intense and divergent investigation on two topics of growth and development concerning the superyacht industry: ‘Realising Concepts’ and ‘Advanced Materials and Manufacturing implementation’. This workshop will be an open forum, crowd-sourcing ideas using a few of our favourite creative methods.

Robert Henderson
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16:00-16:15
Closing Address

The Blueprint

The chair, Martin Redmayne, will conclude The Superyacht Forum with a short summation of the key points raised at the four day event and look at what we need to change for the future. 

Martin H. Redmayne
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16:15-17:00
Closing Drinks & Innovator Showcase

The Blueprint

Please join us in the Amtrium to celebrate another successful event and explore the innovator showcase. 

Martin H. Redmayne
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