NY Maritime Innovation Center Hosts Industry-Focused Hackathon

NY Maritime Innovation Center Hosts Industry-Focused Hackathon

Last week, the New York Maritime Innovation Center (NYMIC) held its first NYC Maritime Hackathon, a 36-hour programming marathon focused on real-world industry problems and datasets. With guidance from shipping executives and mentoring from tech professionals, dozens of software developers collaborated to come up with competing proposals and convince judges that their solutions deserved consideration. 

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NYC Maritime Hackathon 2019: Connecting Big Data And Maritime

When: Fri, March 29, 6pm - Sun, March 31, 4pm

Where: 335 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017

Hosted by the New York Maritime Innovation Center (NYMIC) and R1 Labs, the NYC Maritime Hackathon will address real world challenges around data in the shipping industry, focusing on ports, logistics and supply chain. Topics include Maritime Big Data, Cyber Security and Supply Chain Velocity.

From shipboard navigation, engineering, and cargo handling systems, to port and intermodal operations, through cargo and logistics technologies - big data offers significant opportunities to enhance operational and environmental safety, increase efficiency, and improve reliability and visibility in commerce. But the increasing reliance on data also presents challenges to security, standardization, and interoperability.

Hackathon participants will have access to industry data sets. Problems participants may tackle include:

  • How can machine learning and data analytics be used to optimize energy consumption, reduce emissions, and provide savings?

  • How can the marine transportation incorporate IoT?

  • Can we make shipping units smart with GPS tracking, IoT, and transceivers?

  • Can we use Predictive Analytics or Machine Learning to shorten the time an ocean shipment goes from origin to destination?

100+ participants (developers, designers, domain experts) will convene for 36 hours of building prototypes, rapid fire market validations and business model inventions. Participants will have rare access to top maritime industry and tech executives, investors and entrepreneurs so they can effectively work on building MVPs for commercially viable solutions.

Grand prize winners will be offered a cash sum, plus a unique chance to participate in the inaugural NYMIC Bootcamp Accelerator and work with industry execs and investors to grow their solutions for market-readiness.

The hackathon kicks off Friday night with industry leaders, partners, and sponsors introducing the state of the shipping industry and presenting the critical issues and problem sets to tackle and demos from the weekend will be presented Sunday afternoon.

Additional partners, sponsors, prizes and programming will be announced closer to the event date.