Ocean Inno Tech Fest organizers explain last-minute event postponement

PAWTUCKET – Organizers of the Ocean Inno Tech Fest, which has been postponed until the Spring 2019, told PBN that the delay came from a lack of the resources needed to put on the event as it was envisioned.

David Gomez, the chief creative officer and brand ambassador of Red DWG Library LLC, the company behind the event, said, “Since we announced this event six months ago, it has grown significantly. As the date approached and last-minute sponsors registered, we recognized the need for additional infrastructure to accommodate their needs, such as access to power, Wi-Fi, tents, etc.”

Gomez also said that sponsors of the event “may have the option to opt-out or continue supporting our mission of presenting [Rhode Island’s] Innovation ecosystem,” noting that the event will be adding more sponsors that have expressed interest – as well as more speakers, panels and events.

Those who have purchased tickets will have their tickets transferred to the spring event or will be refunded.

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In a email informing the public of the postponement, Red DWG said the decision to postpone the event was made collectively with Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“Though we are disappointed about postponing till the spring, we feel that we can create a better experience for our ticket buyers and partners. We will be releasing a new date in the coming weeks,” added Red DWG Communications Director Katherine Gomez.

A spokesman for Pawtucket, which owns McCoy Stadium, said that the city has told Gomez that it will support the event in “any way it can.” The spokesman also noted that the booking of the event was done through the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“These types of events are always discussed in collective fashion, and a decision was made to postpone this particular date and look for a future opportunity to host a successful event,” said Dan Rea, PawSox executive vice president and general manager.

A spokesman for the team said the PawSox, which runs the ticketing portal at which the event’s tickets were sold, are working on a ticket policy regarding the event.

This was the second postponement of the event, predicted to attract thousands.

The original 2018 date had been May 10. At that time, Red DWG Library announced on the Ocean Inno Tech Fest Twitter page that the postponement to Sept. 13 was due to “an overwhelming response for sponsorship and attendance” and said it was adding more presentations and events and expanding into Pariseau Field, adjacent to McCoy.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. Email him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.