d5 to debut in OTC 2015

OTC previewAttendance at OTC 2014 reached an all-time high of 108,300. The sold-out area was the largest in show history at 63,176 sq m and 44 per cent of exhibitors were international companies. (Image source: OTC)The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), to be held from 4-7 May 2015, will for the first time host d5 on 8 May at the University of Houston, Texas, USA

Themed “The Next Big Thing,” speakers at d5 will address the industry’s biggest current and future challenges and help identify the next big step for the offshore energy industry, in the way of technology game changers, leadership practices and competitive advantages.

The speakers for d5 include Bjorn Lomborg, political scientist and author of the best-selling book The Skeptical Environmentalist; Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken: How Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World; Mike Abrashoff, former Commander of naval warship USS Benfold; Michael Bloomfield, former NASA astronaut and ex-officio member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board; Frans Johansson, author, entrepreneur and consultant who has written books about how great ideas happen and business strategies; Lisa Bodell, futurethink founder; Juan Enriquez, one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research; Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems; and Michael Porter, Harvard professor and leading authority on competitive strategies for corporations and nations.

Steve Balint, d5 Advisory Board chairman, said, “For more than 45 years, OTC has helped industry professionals connect the dots — offering technical knowledge they can immediately apply to their jobs. At d5, we won’t provide the connections. We will provide the dots, and attendees will be challenged with finding ways to creatively deconstruct the industry.”

Art Schroeder, d5 Program Committee chairman, added, “Technology is changing so fast outside of our industry. We are trying to get some of that speed injected into our industry.”

The d5 event will also offer opportunities to connect with thought leaders and experts from non-energy industries to expand business networks.

OTC has also announced 17 technologies that will receive the Spotlight on New TechnologySM Award. The 2015 awards will be presented on 4 May in the NRG Center Rotunda Lobby.

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