Level up… World Port Hackathon 2017 – Lustrum
Do more with less: that’s the challenge of the coming years! Within the port extensive logistical systems, networks and operations have been created over time. We have built immense infrastructures where growth has been the main driver of change. We used, and are currently using, a lot of resources which are not sustainable in the long run. The real challenge: We need to improve current systems to make it sustainable in its broadest sense. The right insights are required to foster ‘smart’ port activities.
Data, technology: we have it all. We are looking for the people with the knowledge and mind-set to collaboratively crack this puzzle. In collaboration with the port community we have identified the following six challenges for you:
1. Infrastructure & Assets: predicting the future
2. Cascading effects in the network of networks: the weakest link
3. Energy: getting the picture
Information is often “locked” inside various company systems and is not accessible, or even worse, the information has not been stored yet. Insight is key to stand a fair chance in the next level of the game. However, a lot of data is already publicly available and might help in creating and providing insight(s) in the actual usage of the infrastructure and assets. Can you show us which information is needed? What does the past tell us about the future?
Globalization results in people moving towards the city. The more people, the more activity, the more consumption and production: the bigger, more complicated and interconnected our networks and systems will become. Can we create the picture of those digital and physical networks? What will happen when a link in the network is damaged or broken down. Can we get insight in the consequences of disruption in the network? Can you show us the weakest link?
New perspectives on how to deal with the changing field of climate and energy transition are key for success. The energy transition is required for a better climate! Can you map the dynamic energy usage of companies in the port? Can you tell us how, and if, we can use one’s energy waste as a resource for other purposes? Renewable energy sources are the future. Can we, as a port, produce energy instead of only using energy?
4. Logistics & Mobility: unlocking the optimal
5. Autonomous Shipping: on the move
6. Data, Documents & Integrity: audit trail
Global and local infrastructures have been built in which goods and people move in a high frequency and volume. However, if we look at the system on a higher level we can also see loads of waste. Empty containers, unnecessary waiting time, high documentation costs.. Can you show us the optimal using data and technology? How can we achieve supply chain visibility in terms of moving containers on truck, train and barge?
A new era is emerging, the era of autonomous. A lot a data science and number crunching is required for realizing autonomous shipping in ports and the European fairways. However, the transition towards autonomous ports and waterways will not be there at once. Can you show us how this transition looks like? For example, what are the critical factors of collisions in ports, and can we simulate the when these circumstances in automated systems? Envision, create and innovate the future of the port!
Technologies promise to enable humans to do more with less. When it comes to global trade, companies are often leaving their people without the necessary scalable tools and systems to handle today’s enormous volumes and complexities. Routine trade activities, which do not require highly technical skills, are still being processed manually when technology is better equipped to facilitate. Can you show us how we can optimize the port call process? How can we create an optimal and secure re-use of information between, and within ports?