The 2022 Blue Tech Sprint is a quick 6-week program intended to work intensely with startups to accelerate the tools and technologies that could transform how we understand and leverage the power of the ocean. The maritime industry presents innovators with huge economic opportunity and the opportunity to meaningfully address climate change, protect our coastal resources and bolster our defenses.

Areas of Focus

The Blue Tech technology areas that will be prioritized for consideration in 2022 include but are not limited to:

  • Undersea/unmanned vehicles
  • Sensors (concepts, signal
  • processing techniques)
  • IT communications
  • Data transfer
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital twins
  • Modeling & simulation
  • Composite materials
  • Electronic systems
  • Oceanographic research
  • Materials certification
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning (autonomy & data science)

Eligibility Requirements

It is MassChallenge’s goal to bring together maritime leaders with startups that have the ideas and tools needed to deepen our use of the ocean to support early-stage startups with a technical competency that can be applied to:


  • Oceanography: Focus on sensors, sensing, modeling, big data, and data analytics
  • Autonomy: Focus on platform autonomy/functionality and position, navigation, and timing (PNT) both above and below the surface
  • Connectivity: Focus on connected devices and improving communication between devices above and below the surface
  • Sustainability: Focus on power, renewables, costal resiliency, and aquaculture


The goals of this sprint are to:


  • Accelerate engagement, impact, innovation, and speed to tech transfer
  • Drive understanding and connection for blue tech entrepreneurs to the needs of commercial markets (like the offshore wind industry)
  • Deepen startup awareness of industry needs and challenges
  • Provide startup teams with the education, connections, and resources to effectively work with government and defense-focused partners
  • Drive increased SBIR/STTR awards to MassChallenge supported startups

Create a Profile

By creating a profile you can stay up to date about BlueTech's next application timeline as well as other ClimateTech programs.