Ocean Inno Tech Fest, set for Thursday, postponed

PAWTUCKET — Just days in advance, Red DWG Library, organizers of Ocean Inno Tech Fest, have announced that it will not take place on Sept. 13.

Katherine Gomez, director of communications for the co-working space, said in an email to PBN that the postponement of the event at McCoy Stadium was “due to some critical infrastructure issues. We received notice on Friday, regarding major issues to accommodate our sponsors.”

No further details were given on the issues that led to the decision to postpone the event. Gomez said that the tech festival would be moved to spring 2019, at a date to be determined.

The day aimed at attracting technology investors, gamers, startups, students, recruiters, companies and innovative thinkers was to promote global awareness about small and large tech companies here and celebrate local innovation. Beyond demonstrations and panel discussions, the day was to include live music, networking and activities.

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With Hasbro as a main sponsor, speakers were to include Jennifer Preston, Hasbro global vice president of digital technology, with Nikki Groom as master of ceremonies and opening statements from Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. Speakers were lined up from companies including FM Global, Cox Communications, Dassault Systemes, BetaXAnalytics, MIT, NASA and many others.

It’s 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.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.