Here Be Dragons


Public Domain

Olaus Magnus

Monday — Tuesday
February 26, 2018 —
February 27, 2018
8:00am — 7:00pm

Sea monsters such as the kraken, prister, and rosmarus indicated uncharted territory on elaborate new maps of the world in medieval times. Despite many advances in mapping technology and data acquisition  in the last 500 years, our ocean remains largely uncharted and poorly understood.

Here Be Dragons will convene explorers, innovators, artists, scientists, and storytellers to identify the uncharted territories that still exist in ocean exploration and storytelling. In response, MIT students will  work with explorers to develop and present collaborative projects to deploy new and emerging technologies in the field that address gaps in our understanding and sharing of the ocean. Select proposals will be funded for Rapid Field Deployments.

This event is organized in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and the New England Aquarium.

In person attendance for Here Be Dragons is by invitation only. The program will be webcast.


February 26 [live streamed]

  • Panel discussions on ocean exploration, storytelling, and innovation
  • Lightning talks on new and emerging technologies
  • Demos throughout the day
  • Cocktail reception featuring ocean artwork and technology exhibition

February 27

  • ​Open discussions between explorers and researchers to develop collaborative projects
  • Proposal pitches presented at the New England Aquarium IMAX Theater
  • Cocktail reception 
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