Maritime Researchers and Professionals from Academia and Industry to Represent Singapore at World Port Hackathon

02 September 2016

Singapore, 2 September 2016 | For immediate release

Maritime Researchers and Professionals from Academia and Industry to Represent
Singapore at World Port Hackathon

Three teams of maritime researchers and professionals from academia and industry will pit their skills against some of the world’s best at the World Port Hackathon organised by the Port of Rotterdam from September 2-3 at RDM Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The World Port Hackathon 2016 consists of seven challenge statements under the three themes of “Infrastructure & Logistics”, “Energy & Climate”, and “Disrupt the Port”. 

The first team comprises four researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). The joint NUS-IHPC researchers will test their data analytics and modelling skills against teams from around the world using the datasets provided at the World Port Hackathon. 

The second team comprises four engineers from PSA Corporation. The team has been an active participant of Smart Port Hackathon organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in 2014 and 2015.  The team has demonstrated its capability in developing innovative solutions that focus on efficient marine operations. For World Port Hackathon 2016, the team will be delving into the challenge relating to providing a collaborative platform to connect, communicate and control activities among port stakeholders, including port operators, suppliers and hauliers to maximise the use of resources, and to provide greater visualisation of the actual situation in the port to facilitate faster decision making. 

Rounding out Singapore’s representation is a team of two from maritime data analytics start-up Sense InfoSys. The team will be attempting the challenge relating to advanced information coordination between ship suppliers and lighters to help improve the productivity of ship agents and efficiency in lighters’ usage.  

Singapore’s participation is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between MPA and the Port of Rotterdam in 2015 to bolster information exchange and promote research and development.

“We are proud to see ten researchers, engineers and professionals representing Singapore at the World Port Hackathon. This attests to the vibrant maritime research and innovation ecosystem in Singapore. The past two Smart Port Hackathons organised by MPA were successful in generating new ideas. To accelerate the translation of the new ideas into technology solutions for the maritime industry, MPA is planning a new concept for next year’s edition of the event to attract technopreneurs, start-ups, technology companies and venture capitalists to partner the maritime industry for the development and commercialisation of solutions. Our participation at the World Port Hackathon will provide useful learning opportunities for MPA as we prepare to refresh next year’s event,” said Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, MPA.