Los Angeles, Antwerp ports hosting hackathon

   In an effort to spur technology-based innovation in the port and maritime environment, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Antwerp in Belgium are hosting an international hackathon simultaneously in the two cities Oct. 11 to 13 and involving participants from around the world.
   The hackathon has been organized under the chainPORT initiative, a collaboration of 12 ports launched in 2015 to digitally connect ports worldwide, share best practices for handling the largest containerships in the global fleet and boost efficiency within the global maritime supply chain.
   “Ports must continue to incorporate the latest and most promising technologies in order to remain competitive in today’s dynamic global supply chain environment,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “The Port of Los Angeles is pleased to host a hackathon for the third consecutive year, and we look forward to seeing the ideas that emerge from this unique and unconventional approach to technology development.”
   Challenge subjects will include inter-port information sharing, mobility, safety and security. Ideas will be presented to a jury of experts on the event’s final day, and winners’ ideas may be further developed and implemented through a special business and academic follow-up track.
   The Los Angeles chapter of the Hackathon hill be held Oct. 12 and 13 at the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management. 
   More information may be found at www.chainporthack.com.