Focuses on solution-driven approach to range of issues facing ocean conservation

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 12, 2018) – The Rising Tide Summit – with support from the XPRIZE Ocean Initiative and AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles – will convene business leaders, thinkers and innovators later this month to discuss and unite on issues and solutions surrounding ocean conservation. 
"The ocean is the most powerful economic engine on earth and without a healthy ocean, there are no healthy people, planet or profits,” said Vipe Desai, Founder, Rising Tide Summit and CEO of HDX Hydration Mix. “This summit was designed to prompt solution-driven conversations among thought leaders and socially responsible brands. Science informs us of the problem. Businesses should be able to deliver a solution. That’s what the Rising Tide Summit is about.”
The conference will be held from 9 am to 4 pm, March 28 and 29 at AltaSea’s harbor-area campus for advanced science, education and innovation incubation in San Pedro, California. The conference is designed to raise awareness about the state of our oceans and help the conservation community build consensus solutions to problems facing our world’s most valuable resource. 
“If the 20th Century was focused on exploration of our frontiers in space, the 21st Century will be about a frontier much closer to home, our vast, largely unexplored oceans,” said Jenny Krusoe, AltaSea’s executive director. “AltaSea brings together ocean-based research, STEM education and sustainable business incubation, to solve the great problems facing our world. Hosting the inaugural Rising Tide Summit here in the nation’s busiest port complex is a natural fit. We must join together to address the challenges facing our oceans, and ourselves.” 
The conference will feature panel discussions, keynote presentations, workshops and more by science experts, investors, business leaders, emerging ocean advocates and foundation executives. Several major announcements are anticipated from participating organizations regarding new projects, research and campaigns.
Programs include the following: 
Making the Golden State Blue
AltaSea Executive Director Jenny Krusoe and CEO Tim McOsker
Launching a Mobile Age for the Ocean Economy
Matthew Mulrennan, Director of the Ocean Initiative at XPRIZE Foundation
Helping the Siren Find Its Voice
Dune Ives, Executive Director at Lonely Whale Foundation 
Changing the Narrative to Solve Climate Change
Moderated by Kevin Whilden, Co-Founder at Sustainable Surf
Age of Activism: Rise of Brand Citizenship
Jim Moriarty, Director of Brand Citizenship at 72 and Sunny
Global Youth Movement to Stop Plastic Pollution
Katie Allen, Executive Director, Algalita 
Getting from Conservation to Commercialization: Creating the Business Case for Ocean Innovation
Ann Carpenter, CEO at Braid Theory
How Political Hardball Can Save The Ocean
Moderated by Fred Keeley, Former California Assembly Member
Spark Magic in Your Team, Brand and Cause 
John Guastaferro, CFRE
“There is no better time for start-ups and big brands to help save our ocean.” Matthew Mulrennan, Director - Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE. “The Rising Tide Summit is tapping the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and the power of exponential technologies to solve the biggest ocean problems.”
For more information about the Rising Tide Summit or to purchase tickets, please visit Join the conversation #RisingTideSummit.
About Rising Tide Summit
The Rising Tide Summit is a two-day conference created to raise awareness about the state of our ocean and help the ocean conservation community to unite on issues and solutions by bringing together leaders, thinkers and innovators. The summit was founded by Vipe Desai, ocean activist and CEO of HDX Hydration Mix, to strengthen and encourage more collaboration amongst scientists, government and businesses to drive innovative market-based solutions that will help ensure healthy and thriving oceans for future generations. 
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