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MPA launches Smart Port Challenge

(Centre l-r) Andrew Tan, MPA, and Dr Lam Pin Min, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, with SPC 2017 partners (Centre l-r) Andrew Tan, MPA, and Dr Lam Pin Min, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, with SPC 2017 partners

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched its latest Smart Port Challenge (SPC 2017), building upon previous Smart Port Hackathons in 2014 and 2015 with the aim of encouraging collaboration between stakeholder organisations and tech start-ups to drive digital transformation in the maritime industry.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The launch event for the six-month programme welcomed approximately 190 participants from the technology, start-up and venture capital (VC) communities, some of whom are hoped to become partners by agreeing on funding and test-bedding opportunities. Industry partners or co-creators are also expected to identify mentors for participants.

SPC 2017 will have two categories of participants, comprising start-ups and non-start-ups. MPA and PSA unboXed will provide seed funding support of up to SGD$50,000 for each selected start-up to develop full prototypes with the possibility of implementation for business operations.

Start-ups can also receive seed funding support from other VCs, while shortlisted non start-ups will be eligible for MPA’s Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) funding for test-bedding or product development.

“Digital transformation has a key role to play in our competitiveness as a global maritime hub,” said Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA.

“SPC 2017 will bring together new and existing start-ups to research and develop innovative applications for IT solutions in the maritime sector and is part of our wider industry transformation effort to develop an innovative maritime start-up ecosystem to take advantage of the growing applications of automation, information and communication technology (ICT) and data analytics in the maritime industry.”

“We are also collaborating with ports such as the Port of Rotterdam which has embarked on similar port hackathons to develop innovative solutions for their port. Through such partnerships, we hope to encourage more solutions that are scalable and applicable across the entire port value chain.”

SPC 2017 partners include Batam Fast, CMA CGM, Hong Lam Marine, Jurong Port, Kanlian, NYK Line, Pacific International Lines, Port of Rotterdam, PSA Marine, PSA unboXed, Symphony Creative Solutions and Synergy Marine Group.{/mprestriction}

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