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30 April–3 May 2018     ///     NRG Park     ///     Houston, Texas, USA

OTC 50th

Celebrating 50 Years of OTC

The first Offshore Technology Conference was held 19-21 May 1969 in Houston, Texas, and was successful beyond expectations with 2,797 registrants, 112 papers presented, and 368 exhibit spaces. OTC has been held in Houston each year since, with significant growth in size and worldwide participation.

At OTC 2018, we will begin our celebration of 50 years of OTC. This celebration, culminating in 2019, is a recognition of our deep commitment to the people and companies who have helped us to reach this milestone.


Special Events to Commemorate 50 Years of OTC




Opening Ceremony Commemorating 50th OTC

Hear keynote speeches by industry executives discussing the milestones of the last 50 years. They will be discussing the offshore technology evolution of the past 50 years, and what innovations we can expect for the next 50. The industry has accomplished a lot in the past 50 years, and we want to celebrate the success of those innovations.

Monday, 30 April | 0930–1100 - NRG Stadium


Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO,


Patrick Pouyanne

Ryan Lance, Chairman and CEO,


Ryan Lance

Clay Williams, Chairman and CEO,

National Oilwell Varco

Clay Williams

Jeff Miller, President and CEO,



Jeff Miller

Harry Brekelmans, Project and Technology Director,

Royal Dutch Shell

Harry Brekelmans

Solange da Silva Guedes, Chief Exploration and Production Officer,


Solange Guedes


50th OTC Legacy Luncheon

This luncheon will celebrate the success of OTC and pay homage to the volunteers and exhibitors who have given their time and hard work throughout the years to make OTC what it is today.

Monday, 30 April | 1215–1345 - NRG Center, Level 2, Room 300
USD 60 Ticketed Event

Chuck Richards, CA Richards & Assoc., Inc.,

OTC Board of Directors representing, Marine Technology Society

Chuck Richards

Susan Cunningham, Senior Advisor, Darcy Partners

Past OTC Board of Directors Chairperson

2010 - 2011

Susan Cunningham


Dennis Gregg, Past OTC Board of Directors Chairperson

1992 - 1993

Dennis Gregg

Cindy Taylor, CEO and President

Oil States

Cindy Taylor


Official Ribbon Pulling Ceremony

Join OTC Board of Directors and guests outside the exhibit doors of Hall B in NRG Center for a ceremonial ribbon pulling signifying the doors opening to the exhibit hall, and leading the way to the next 50 years! Led from the Stadium to the Center by the St. Thomas Episcopal School Pipe Band.

Monday, 30 April | 1130 - NRG Center, Lobby, Hall B

Chairman’s Panel on Energy Transformation

Join the 2018 board chairman, Wafik Beydoun, as he hosts a powerhouse panel of cross-industry executives. Energy transformation and decarbonization are among the core challenges facing humanity. The objective of this panel is to have recognized cross-industry leaders (in oil and gas, automotive and renewable energy) share, among themselves and with the audience, their outlook and strategy regarding the transition from hydrocarbons to renewables.

Monday, 30 April | 1430–1700 -  NRG Center, Level 2, Room 300
Limited seating available.


Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO,


Carlos Ghosn

Eldar Saetre, President and Chief Executive Officer


Elder Saetre

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO,


Remi Eriksen

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO,


Patrick Pouyanne

Moderator: Ernest Moniz,

Former United States Secretary of Energy

Ernest Moniz


50th OTC Celebration - Party on the Parkway

Celebrate OTC’s 50th edition with an evening of fun, music, and dancing. The musical entertainment provided by: Dysfunkshun Junkshun.

Monday, 30 April | 1730–2000 - OTC Parkway

Complimentary shuttle services to Hotels from NRG Park run until 1900. View shuttle routes and download the hotel list. 


Houston Airports

Sponsorships Available

In 2018, we will recognize industry’s support in helping OTC forge what it is today: to successfully and resiliently share and promote offshore technological innovations, for the past half-century. We will pay tribute to the members of our sponsoring and supporting organizations for their diligent involvement and contribution to 50 years of OTC success. OTC intends to credit and commemorate what these first 50 years have brought to the industry, to the local and global community and to OTC, its speakers, contributors, attendees, and exhibitors that have made OTC what it is over the last 50 years.

The OTC Board of Directors would like to invite you to be a part of that recognition by sponsoring the 50th celebration. For more information, contact your OTC sales representative:

Jennifer Palladina
Sales Representative
Companies A-Fl

Jason Plotkin
Sales Representative
Companies Fm-O

Kirk Colligan
Sales Representative
Companies P-Z



Tell your OTC story

OTC was founded in 1969. The 2018 event will kick-off a year-long celebration of OTC reaching 50 years. This celebration will culminate at OTC 2019. 

OTC staff are looking for your stories and testimonials about the event. If you are an attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor who would like to participate, let us know a few details. Thank you in advance!

Tell your OTC story.

Thank You to our Sponsors