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Welcome to NOAA @ Blue Tech Week 2020!

 The Technology Partnerships Office or TPO is the Commercialization and Partnerships Office for NOAA. We are the single NOAA office dedicated to the ongoing and applied transfer of NOAA technology and NOAA-funded technologies from the lab to the marketplace. Through patent licensing, cooperative research and development agreements, and strategic investments in small business innovation, we are strengthening the U.S. economy and increasing the return on the public investment in NOAA’s mission-based R&D.  

The overall goal of our engagement with TMA BlueTech Week is to increase awareness of the TPO and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The SBIR program is a great resource for innovators. It gives them funds—with no strings attached—to move their technologies through the early stages of development and into commercialization. Check out the agenda below and come listen to our 10-minute lightning talks from NOAA employees and NOAA-funded companies. 

You can also visit us during our office hours to ask questions, get resources, or just chat.

Featured NOAA Technology

Ocean Reports:

The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA.

Data sets range from economic data to satellite imagery. The site contains visualization tools, predictive tools, and tools that make data easier to find and use. Training courses are available online or can be brought to the user’s location. Information is also organized by focus area or topic.

  • Use for quick reference and site characterization
  • Gather high-level statistics and infographics on six themes
  • Generate, print, and share reports for a custom area of interest



Featured NOAA Small Business Innovation Research Companies

Coastal Ocean Vision

CoastalOceanVision, Inc. was founded by a group of ten scientists, engineers and technicians at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who spent several years as a team designing and building advanced underwater measurement and observation systems. Together we created equipment to operate in some of the harshest environments on the planet from the crushing pressures of the deep ocean to the bitter cold of the Arctic. Our experience in exploring the farthest edges of the aquatic world is well established.

At CoastalOceanVision, we are committed to advancing the state of knowledge of our planet’s aquatic environments. Through our integrated instrumentation platforms, we are able to observe dozens of physical and chemical parameters in real-time and view them from anywhere in the world via a web browser. By presenting data in a variety ways, we help scientists to better comprehend the complex mathematical relationships between them and how those relationships might change over time. We also help commercial industries make better business decisions with our automatic optical plankton species classification system, where the early detection of harmful plankton is critical for kelp farmers to protect their valuable underwater crops from damage. Municipal drinking water processing stations can similarly make decisions about how and when they allow water sources to enter their systems based on what chemical or biological entities we detect.


Creare LLC is an engineering research and development firm located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Founded in 1961, we provide industrial and government clients in the medical, aerospace/defense, energy, process, and manufacturing industries with services ranging from applied research to prototype design, fabrication and testing. Core areas of expertise include fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, electronics and software development, sensors and control systems, and CFD/FEA analysis.

Customers value our ability to solve their toughest engineering challenges to help them innovate new products, gain the competitive advantage and shorten time-to-market. Projects have ranged from a day to a decade in length with funding from a few thousand to over 15 million dollars.

We employ over 65 engineers, most with advanced degrees including 30 holding PhDs. They are supported by over 40 technical and laboratory staff. All of our facilities are company-owned and located in Hanover and Lebanon, NH. Our complex includes over 80,000 square feet of office, shop and laboratory space.

Synthetik Applied Technologies

Synthetik is uniquely skilled and experienced in the development, training and effective implementation of AI applications.  We work with commercial clients and US government agencies to provide computer vision and machine learning expertise, including large-scale synthetic data generation.  

Synthetik is currently leading research with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to fundamentally redefine how we process 3-D data using artificial intelligence.  We are also supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by employing computer vision and deep-learning methods for automatic threat detection and synthetic data generation, as well as working directly with NOAA and Microsoft AI for Earth to develop a low-cost entanglement mitigation system to protect endangered marine species.

Shellfish Solutions

Oyster Tracker is the simplest shellfish aquaculture management platform. It’s like a second brain that helps farmers big and small manage their teams, optimize their farm activities, comply with regulations, and keep up with their inventory.  Our latest focus is tracking shellfish from the Tideline to the Table--making food safer, and connecting consumers with the growers and harvesters who produce these amazing products.  Using ubiquitous mobile phones, cloud computing and low cost thermal printers we can make the supply chain safer and regulatory compliance easier for all participants.  

Lightning Talks

November 18, 2020

(Times are Eastern)

1:15-1:30 pm   

TPO Office Hours

3:45 pm  

Partnering with NOAA:  Tools for Success

4:00 pm 

Into to NOAA's Funding Program for Small Businesses

4:15 pm 

Virtual Reality Simulators to Reduce Whale Entanglement Risks

4:30 pm

Using Optics and AI to Meet Unmet Needs in Water Quality Assessment

4:45 pm

Low Cost Opportunistic Ocean Temperature and Profile Sensing

5:00 pm

Leveraging Hyperspectral Imaging and Machine Learning to Combat Seafood Fraud and Substitution

5:15 pm

Tracking from Tide to Table:  An Inexpensive Traceability and Marketing System for Seafood Companies

November 19, 2020

1:15 - 1:30 pm

TPO Office Hours

NOAA:  An Introduction to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Our mission is to foster preeminent science and technological innovation through federal investments in research and development (R&D), partnerships or licensing opportunities at NOAA.