Singapore Taps into Students' Minds


By MarEx 2015-08-16 16:43:01

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) run its annual Smart Port Hackathon on Sunday. The event saw a total of 120 participants from 21 teams, producing 21 maritime-related technology prototypes.

Supported by Singapore Polytechnic and the Urban Prototyping 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. 

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."

Smart Port Hackathon 2015 was 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.