THE Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Antwerp will host a joint international "hackathon" this October to generate
new ideas and technology solutions for port operations, reports American
The IT competition will be open to entry
for teams from around the world, and challenge subjects will include
inter-port information sharing, mobility, safety and security.
The results will be presented to a jury of experts on the final day, and
winners' ideas could be further developed through a business and
academic follow-up track.
"Ports must continue to incorporate the latest and most promising
technologies in order to remain competitive," said Gene Seroka,
executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.
The event will be the third hosted by Port of LA, but it will be the
first to occur simultaneously in two locations. The other partners in
the event include the ports of Hamburg, Busan, Shenzhen, Rotterdam,
Barcelona, Montreal, Singapore and Felixstowe, along with Panama
Maritime and the Indonesia Port Corporation.
Together, these partners form the chainPORT initiative, a collaboration
of leading ports launched in 2015 to digitally connect ports worldwide,
share best practices and boost efficiency.
In Antwerp, the competition will run around the clock from October
11-13, and it will also offer challenges on process and document flow,
sustainability and "education through gamification". Both sites offer
expert coaching for the participants.