CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
February 22, 2019
Forward Thinking

Ports of Los Angeles and Antwerp host innovation competition

Annual "hackathon" will award prizes for technology solutions to port and maritime challenges.

The ports of Los Angeles and Antwerp said they will host a technology competition in October to find creative solutions to commercial challenges in the areas of data sharing, mobility, sustainability, security, and administrative digitalization.

Port officials will host the annual "hackathon" competition from Oct. 11 to 13 through simultaneous events in the two cities, according to the Port of Los Angeles. The hackathon will be open to teams from various backgrounds and professions—including start-ups, scale-ups, students, and companies—who will submit their ideas to a jury of experts on the event's final day. The winners will qualify to further develop their ideas through a business and academic coaching program.

"Ports must continue to incorporate the latest and most promising technologies in order to remain competitive in today's dynamic global supply chain environment," Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said in a statement.

The hackathon is an initiative of chainPORT,an organization formed by 12 ports in 2016 with the goal of digitally connecting ports worldwide, sharing best practices for handling the largest containerships in the global fleet, and boosting efficiency within the global maritime supply chain, according to the Port of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles will host the U.S. version of the event at the University of Southern California's USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management, while the European version is hosted at Belgium's Antwerp Expo exhibition hall.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you're not already logged in, you will be asked to log in or register.

Want more articles like this? Sign up for a free subscription to Supply Chain Executive Insight, a monthly e-newsletter that provides insights and commentary on supply chain trends and developments. Click here to subscribe.

We Want to Hear From You! We invite you to share your thoughts and opinions about this article by sending an e-mail to ?Subject=Letter to the Editor: Quarter : Ports of Los Angeles and Antwerp host innovation competition"> . We will publish selected readers' comments in future issues of CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly. Correspondence may be edited for clarity or for length.

Want more articles like this? Subscribe to CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly.