• Schmidt Marine Headquarters (map)
  • 101 The Embarcadero
  • SF, CA, 94105
  • United States

Please join us on the pier September 29th for a happy hour and a conversation with Graham Hawkes, one of ocean technology’s more innovative thinkers.

One of our main missions at Schmidt Marine, beyond providing grants for compelling projects, is to act as a hub for members of the ocean technology realm, and to connect them with potential resources outside the field, including investors, other tech developers, and business advisors. One way we’ll be doing that is through semi-regular “Pier Sessions” at our offices on The Embarcadero. In most cases we plan to keep the group small (<50 people) to make connecting easier.

For this first event, Graham Hawkes will give a brief talk complete with spectacular underwater footage, followed by a Q&A. Graham is best known as a creator of innovative winged submersibles such as the Super Falcon, the first of which was built for venture capitalist Tom Perkins. But his unique career includes less heralded work such as the development of remotely operated vehicles and a series of robotic surveillance and defense vehicles spun out to form Precision Remotes. He founded Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technology with Sylvia Earle. He’s led high-tech sunken treasure hunts, been featured in countless documentaries, set the world record for deepest solo submersible dive in 1985, and he even battled James Bond while piloting his Mantis sub in For Your Eyes Only. Graham lost, but the fight was of course rigged in Bond’s favor. All of which is to say, he has tales to tell.

While we’ll be looking forward to hearing some submersible stories, the focus of the evening will be on the broader topic of how you take an unconventional idea and follow it through to create a successful business endeavor.

We’d love to have you as part of the conversation. Space is limited, so please RSVP. We’ll be at 101 The Embarcadero, just to the right of the Ferry Building. Our entrance is on the back corner closest to the ferry docks.