A team of smart, passionate individuals


The “OpenWater” Name

In rowing, there’s a concept called “open water.”

It’s used to describe the distance between two boats at the finish line. In close races, the front of the trailing boat overlaps with the leading boat. That’s normal. But sometimes, when one crew has truly pulled away from the competition, there’s no overlap at all between the boats.

There’s just open water.

Our name conjures up our commitment to advancing our solutions and ourselves. One that evokes limitless possibilities and unbroken horizons. And one that reflects upon the people with whom we do business – the visionaries, the go-getters, the ones doing everything they can to get ahead of the pack … and stay there.

That’s OpenWater.


Our Philosophy

OpenWater is more than a software vendor or technology provider. We create solutions that solve some of the most frustrating, costly, time-intensive problems that organizations face — and then customize and configure them to meet the exact needs of our clients.

When you choose an OpenWater solution for online awards, abstract or conference management, you get more than an outstanding web-based system, you get a team dedicated to making sure you are an expert in the platform and that the special nuances of your program are covered.

Timothy Spell
Timothy Spell

Tim possesses an innate ability to translate and break down complex technical information to non-technical people. While focused on the marketing and sales side of the business, Tim is also an avid rower and competes across the country with Potomac Boat Club.

Kunal Johar
Kunal Johar

Kunal, Co-Founder of OpenWater, often referred to as a “technical
genius“, sets the tone at the company for quality and innovation with our products. Outside the office Kunal enjoys world traveling and is an avid hiker.

Life at OpenWater

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