Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023. What to expect

Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023. What to expect

Ahead of the highly anticipated “Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023” event, we’ve had the privilege of conducting a Q&A with the event’s representatives to delve deeper into what this year’s edition holds in store. Learn about the exciting insights, trends, and opportunities that industry professionals and experts will bring to the forefront during Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023.

What are the key highlights and objectives of the 5th edition of Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023 event?

One of the objectives of the “Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023” event may be to facilitate connections between startups in the maritime and port industries. This could involve providing a platform for startups to showcase their innovative solutions, fostering networking opportunities with established industry players and encouraging collaboration and partnerships to drive innovation and growth within the smart port ecosystem.  The presence of startups in the maritime world is important for the eight ports (Antwerp-Bruges, Barcelona, Busan, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal & Rotterdam) due to their ability to drive innovation and improve operational efficiency.

We have also extended our invitation to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the Tanger Med Port Authority, and the Port Authority of New South Wales to join us at the Smart Ports 2023 event. The main objective is to encourage knowledge exchange on the implementation of smart technologies, such as automation and digitalization, to enhance the efficiency of port operations.

We want to exchange knowledge between startups and ports so that we can find solutions and the best place to do it is to be part of events like the Smart City Expo World Congress. In addition, the inclusion of the “Tomorrow.Blue Economy” as a new track in the Smart City Expo World Congress can be a significant development. This expansion reflects the growing importance of sustainable practices in the maritime and port industries, aligning with global efforts to promote environmental responsibility and resource conservation. This addition can provide a platform for discussing innovative solutions, technologies, and strategies aimed at promoting a sustainable and environmentally friendly blue economy.

It also underscores the interconnectedness of smart cities and smart ports in creating a more sustainable and efficient future.

This edition features an “Innovation Zone” within the Smart Ports and Tomorrow. Blue Economy booths, comprising eight exhibition pods for emerging companies and innovation centers aligned with each port’s ecosystem.

Here we will also have the Tech Tour Blue Economy event on 7-8 November, this will be a pitch elevator where the smart ports’s members have been involved as juries in the panel selection. More than ninety-five startups summited, thirty have been chosen to showcase their innovative projects in front of investors, industry experts, and mentors.

All this will happen at the Hall 2 Tomorrow.BlueEconomy Plaza.

Who are some of the prominent speakers or experts expected to participate in the event?

It’s great to see a diverse group of speakers participating in the Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023. Each of them likely brings a unique perspective and expertise to the discussions.

These speakers collectively offer a comprehensive view of the port industry, covering areas such as technology, strategy, operations, marketing, and customer relations. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences can provide valuable insights for the attendees of your event.

  • Karina Gibert, Full Professor on AI and Data Science and Head Director
  • Orestis Trasanidis, Managing Director EIT Hub Silicon Valley
  • Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)
  • Michael DiBernardo, Deputy Executive Director of Marketing and Customer Relations at the Port of Los Angeles
  • Malin Collin, Vice President Business Strategy and Deputy CEO at the Gothenburg Port Authority
  • Lluís Salvadó, President of the Port of Barcelona

We know that Jens Meier’s role as CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is crucial in understanding the operational and strategic aspects of one of the world’s major ports, as his experience can shed light on the challenges and opportunities in the port business. Simultaneously, Karina Gibert likely brings significant expertise in these fields as a Full Professor in AI and Data Science. Her insights can be valuable in understanding how AI and data science are impacting the port industry.

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How can professionals in the maritime and port industry benefit from attending this event?

The attendees of the Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2023 will have the opportunity to be present at the Smart City Expo World Congress, as such events often serve as valuable platforms for networking and collaboration across related industries. Participation can offer access to a broader range of innovative ideas, technological solutions, and partners, thus further enhancing the event’s objectives and benefits – such as networking opportunities, knowledge sharing, innovation exposure, business development, sustainability focus, collaboration, and partnerships.

To maximise the benefits, attendees should plan their participation carefully, identify relevant sessions and exhibitors, and actively engage with peers and experts during the event. It’s also essential to stay informed about any updates or changes to the event’s agenda and programme.

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The presence of these prominent ports at the event can offer attendees valuable insights into best practices, innovative technologies, and strategies that have been successfully implemented in different parts of the world. It also provides a unique opportunity for networking, partnerships, and the exchange of ideas aimed at shaping the future of smart ports and their integration into the broader concept of smart cities.

Professionals in the maritime and port industry can derive several benefits from attending the Smart City Expo World Congress, especially if there is a focus on smart ports and related topics.

  • Driving Sustainable and Intelligent Maritime Transport
  • Innovation in Blue Economy, Sustainability, and Intelligence in the Maritime Transport
  • Pitch contest organised by Tech Tour, one of the largest investor-oriented communities in Europe connecting entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate partners from across the world.
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Cargo Shipping and Ports: A Collaborative Discussion

Don’t miss out on this opportunity; register now to join the pioneers of the Blue Economy and the evolution of Smart Ports:

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