Friday Focus: World Port Hackathon 2016


The Port of Rotterdam has unveiled details of the World Port Hackathon 2016, which is a yearly event held at the Port of Rotterdam in partnership with other large companies.

It allows individuals to showcase their work and compete for who can produce the most innovative and valuable use of open data, big data and technology for applications in the port industry.

PTI recently hosted its own Terminal Automation and Training Conference, where Big Data was a key topic discussed by a panel of experts.

The PTI-TBA training portal was also unveiled, which has been engineered to help terminal staff boost their productivity.

Read about the training portal here

Teams are given a specific challenge that is present in the port industry and they are required to create hypotheses and prototypes within 24 hours that will solve these problems.

At the end of the 24 hours, a jury of experts in the field will judge the teams after the ideas and prototypes are presented.

All participant teams are in the running for a US$1,670 prize, with runners up receiving more than $550.

Winners can only win a place on the  start-up accelerator programme called Port Innovation Lab.

In a previous article by PTI, the Port of Rotterdam announced its Port Innovation Lab, in which it will look for innovative ideas from a variety of start-ups.

Watch a review of the World Port Hackathon 2015 here:

The event is all about attracting fresh talent and ideas in order to help make the Port of Rotterdam a greener, safer and more innovative business environment.

This year’s event will have the teams centring on three main topics: ‘Infrastructure & Logistics’, ‘Energy & Climate’ and ‘Disrupt the port’.

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