IADC ART Spark Tank

IADC ART Spark Tank

Meeting & Venue Details

Start DateApril 23, 2020Start Time8:30 am
End DateApril 23, 2020End Time11:30 am
Address3657 Briarpark Drive, Houston, Texas, 77042, USA

IADC calls for innovators, entrepreneurs to participate in April 23 Spark Tank in Houston

The IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee has issued a call for abstracts for the ART Spark Tank, scheduled for 0830-1130 on Thursday, 23 April, at IADC headquarters in Houston, Texas. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 6 March.

The IADC ART Spark Tank is a new opportunity to provide technology entrepreneurs with a new opportunity to pitch their products and ideas to a panel of drilling contractors and operators (“Sharks”).

IADC ART welcomes abstracts on any new technology that will improve efficiency or safety in well construction. The purpose is to provide insights (“Sparks”) to technology developers into what matters to those they are innovating for. There is sometimes a vast disconnect between a good idea and a great product, and these events attempt to close that gap in a good-natured, productive manner.

Each Spark Tank presentation should last no more than 15 minutes, which will allow the Sharks to ask questions and provide technical feedback from the perspective of the product’s intended end user.

Rules of engagement:

The ART Spark Tank is designed to allow technology entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch products or ideas to a panel of experts comprising both drilling contractors and operators. The Spark Tank is envisioned as a forum to “spark” new thinking. The Spark Tank will be moderated by an officer of the Advanced Rig Technology Committee.


Thirty minutes are allotted for each topic. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to speak. Please be as brief and concise as possible.

Panelists will then use the remaining 15 minutes for questions and comments. Questions and comments will be candid.

Click here to register to attend the event.

If you can’t make this Spark Tank, we will be holding a second Spark Tank on 20 October – mark your calendars!

IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee Mission

To improve safety and efficiency through sound operating procedures, design of automated systems and standardizing automation. Issues of note include control philosophy, communication protocol between equipment, competency, and comprehensive automation of the complete drilling process, integrating surface and downhole equipment, including completion systems.

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General Committee meetings are open to participants from all categories of IADC membership. The Chairman may invite non-members to attend when it furthers the interests of the Committee. At the discretion of the Chairman and IADC staff, the meeting or portions of the meeting may be exclusively reserved for drilling contractor members. Meetings will be held at such times and locations as may be selected by the Chairman with the advice of the Committee. For any questions, please contact the IADC Committee Coordinator.