Rotterdam hackathon to ‘sketch the future’

07 Aug 2017
Overall winners of the 2017 WPH, De Delftse Delegatie knew nothing of the ports industry – yet found a useful solution to an old problem

Overall winners of the 2017 WPH, De Delftse Delegatie knew nothing of the ports industry – yet found a useful solution to an old problem

“Visionaries will sketch the future,” Garmt Nieuwsma of the Port of Rotterdam recently stated. And now we have a date for that event – September 1, 2017.

That's the date of the World Port Hackathon opening day in Rotterdam. Now in it's fifth round, it once again aims to shake up port thinking. Mr Nieuwsma described last year’s event as “a real eye opener” for a number of those present.

This is because the teams, taken from both education and business (including a number of start-ups who want to prove themselves) are often free from the usual industry preconceptions giving them a fresh take on existing issues.

In fact last year’s winners, De Delftse Delegatie, came up with the idea of using blockchain tech to allow customs to detect and validate at what point, for example, the contents of a container may have been interfered with. As one of the team explained, “24 hours ago we knew nothing about ports”. But, despite that, “we’ve worked out something that the Port of Rotterdam might find useful”.

Sign up at https://worldporthackathon.com/.

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