Smart Port Hackathon participants create 21 prototypes in 48 hours

16 August 2015

Smart Port Hackathon participants create 21 prototypes in 48 hours
Prototypes include managing congestion in terminals, improving productivity for truck drivers in port, enhancing navigational safety

Smart Port Hackathon 2015, organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) saw a total of 120 participants from 21 teams, producing 21 maritime-related technology prototypes.

Supported by Singapore Polytechnic and the Urban Prototyping (UP) Singapore community, the maritime-themed hackathon brought together professionals from all walks of life such as industry players, data scientists, developers and designers as well as students from varying disciplines, to create solution-oriented technology prototypes that addressed a series of challenges put forth to enhance productivity, efficiency and sustainability in the Port of Singapore.

This year's hackathon saw a total of 20 different datasets with 70 million data points provided by MPA and its supporting partners such as Amos International, BH Global, Jurong Port, NEA, PSA and Singapore Cruise Centre. These datasets included vessel movement and position data, vessels pre-arrival notification data, ship registries, cargo information, berthing schedules, container trucking data, pilotage orders, garbage collection service orders, customers' ship supplies orders, sea supplies inventory, lighter service timings and hydrographic maps.

Participants were tasked to use the datasets provided to create innovative technology-enabled, data-driven solutions that addressed various challenges in the maritime services value chain, maritime logistics supply chain as well as cruise and ferry terminal operations. The top prize was S$5,000, runner-up prizes being S$3,000 and S$2,000 accordingly. Special prizes were also given out to the 'Best Student Team', 'Best IBM BlueMix App', 'Best Data Analytics' and 'Best Hack'. Refer to Annex A for details of the winners and their winning prototypes.

Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA said, "We are happy to see such strong interest in this year's Smart Port Hackathon. We look forward to working with the winning teams as well as the teams with innovative ideas to further develop their ideas and explore their feasibility in enhancing the productivity, efficiency and sustainability in the Port of Singapore. Looking ahead, we also hope to explore with other major ports meaningful collaborations in data analytics and information exchange to reduce port congestions and other supply chain disruptions."

Mr Esben Poulsson, President of Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) said, "The SSA is delighted to be a supporting partner of the Smart Port Hackathon for a second year in a row. It is our hope that through this gathering of innovative minds, more people would be able to appreciate the maritime industry's considerable contribution to the growth of our nation and realise that they too, can play a role in the industrys progress with their project prototypes today."

Mr Jose Sepulveda, Centre Director, Singapore Polytechnic Applied Research & Technology for Infocomm Centre (ARTIC) said, "The MPA Smart Port Hackathon has been a great opportunity for students and individuals to work on maritime problems. The hackathon multidisciplinary teams bring fresh perspectives to problems that might not been considered before. These efforts represent a big step on ideating the port of the future."

Mr Ooi Boon Hoe, CEO of Jurong Port said, "Jurong Port has been a keen supporter of initiatives such as the Smart Port Hackathon as it brings together like-minded participants who are interested to develop innovative concepts and ideas for the maritime and port industry. We believe such concepts and ideas can be improved through harnessing data and the use of advanced analytics. By engaging other stakeholders, partners and customers across related industries, there will be opportunities for participants to discover new perspectives."

Mr Danny Lien, President, Singapore Association of Shipsuppliers & Services (SASS) said, "SASS applauds the effort of MPA in spearheading Smart Port Hackathon. With the myriad of activities taking place within a short period of time when a vessel calls, it is critical for the service providers to receive the most updated and relevant information on an integrated platform in a timely manner. The innovative and creative solutions presented by the various teams show that the Port of Singapore has the strong advantage in moving up the value chain by leveraging on innovation & technology."

Mr Ken Soh, Chief Information Officer, BH Global Corporation Ltd said, "On behalf of BH Global, we would like to thank MPA for the Hackathon initiative which is not just pragmatic, but an essential idea generation platform strategic for the sustainability and resiliency of the industry. With globalization, our journey beyond SG50 could only be more complex and challenging. The Hackathon is directly pertinent in support of our quest for highly differentiated propositions, and hence the continual survival, well-being and competitiveness of our "little red dot" in this vast and rapidly digitized world."

Smart Port Hackathon 2015 is made possible with industry partners - APL, BH Global, DHL, Container Depot Association of Singapore, Jurong Port, PSA Corporation, Singapore Cruise Centre, Singapore Customs, Singapore Shipping Association, Singapore Association of Shipsuppliers & Services; and supporting partners - M1, IBM, Orbcomm, Sense Infosys, Singapore Polytechnic, Tableau, and Whispir.

Smart Port Hackathon participants create 21 prototypes in 48 hours

First prize winners of the Smart Port Hackathon 2015

Participants working hard to create their prototype

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