The topic of innovation will be one of the main axis of the second Refit Conference which will be made next year. Knowing the innovations that are occurring in the sector or that affect it directly or indirectly is one of the main objectives of the professionals working in this area of nautical. In fact, the theme of innovation and how can be applied in the repair, transformation and maintenance of boats, was one of the main topics suggested by the participants in the first edition, who were able to express their professional concerns in a board of ideas designed and promoted by the organizers to improve the contents of the Day.
In the second Refit Conference will be scheduled several papers to show new techniques and technological advances that already apply or could be applied to the sector. Also, the Conference will dedicate more time to networking -another of the main suggestions included in the board of ideas- so that all the participants can build their own network of contacts that help generate new business opportunities in the sector.
Another newness of the second Refit Conference will be that will be developed in the morning and afternoon. The time extension will ease a broader programming of lectures, it will be possible to deepen into the different topics to be dealt with, especially in the field of innovation, and will also favor the contacts and relationships between all the participants. The organizers also want the training to have more weight and presence in the Day, since it is a key issue for the future development of the sector.
The first Refit Conference was held at the Mataró Marina Barcelona nautical base last March organized by Varador 2000, Daevi and the Barcelona Clúster Nàutic. The event, aimed at all professionals and suppliers linked to this economic sector of the maintenance and repair of boats in Catalonia, was a great success of participation, which encouraged the organizers to give continuity and improve and expand content.
In a survey conducted by the organizers among the participants in the first Refit Conference, 100% stated that they would like to participate in a second edition. The survey also reveals a high degree of satisfaction among the attendees with the papers and topics covered and with the facilities and the location of the event. It also reveals a majority opinion that the event is a unique experience to “make guild”, to interconnect all the professionals of the nautical industry and to solve sectorial concerns.