Hackathon to foster technology innovation

Port of Los Angeles Hackathon challenge subjects will include inter-port information sharing, mobility, safety and security. Credit: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Antwerp are hosting an international ‘Hackathon’ in an effort to spur technology-based innovation in the port and maritime environment.

Taking place simultaneously in the two cities from 11-13 October, the technology competition will involve participants from around the world and challenge subjects including inter-port information sharing, mobility, safety and security.

“Ports must continue to incorporate the latest and most promising technologies in order to remain competitive in today’s dynamic global supply chain environment,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “The Port of Los Angeles is pleased to host a Hackathon for the third consecutive year and we look forward to seeing the ideas that emerge from this unique and unconventional approach to technology development.”

Potential development

Ideas will be presented to a jury of experts on the event’s final day, and winners’ ideas may be further developed and implemented through a special business and academic follow-up track.

The Hackathon will be open invitation, encouraging teams from various backgrounds and professions to work together on a set of local and global challenges.

The Los Angeles segment of the Hackathon will be held 12 and 13 October at the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management. The two ports are currently recruiting industry professionals, students and coaches to participate in the Hackathon.

The Hackathon has been organised under the chainPORT initiative, a collaboration of twelve leading ports launched in 2015 to digitally connect ports worldwide, share best practices for handling the largest containerships in the global fleet and boost efficiency within the global maritime supply chain.

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