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Sharp pitch
At the World Port Hackathon 2017 it was Team Dock Tech from Israël that won the World Port Hackathon prize as well as the SmartPort Prize at this incredible innovative event! Team Dock Tech succeeded at making an unforgettable impression at the WPH-jury. The first prize is for the overall best idea and criteria as potential, innovative, originality and use of technology & data are tested. With their to the point pitch about their googlish application which provides a substantial improvement of screen resolution. Their idea, which is supported by Covadem and Rijkswaterstaat, is applicable on for instance navigation through fluid mud. Check out the interview here with Team Dock Tech

Impact on Rotterdam – the Smartest Port  
This application is a perfect addition to the SmartPort research programm ‘Navigation through fluid Mud’. This programm focusses on a new, improved method for surface depth measurements through fluid mud. This results in a larger under keel clearance without any additional dredging and costs. How to map the mud’s characteristics for the entire port of Rotterdam and then monitor the data, is an important question within this programm. Decrease of dredging leads to a reduction in dredging costs, 10-20% less dredging saves Rotterdam 1 million euros a year.  Ships with larger draft can navigate the same waterways, thus making heavier loading of ships possible. This creates major cost advantages for the shipping companies. Check for the visual of this project and other SmartPort projects.

SmartPort Prize
Next to the official World Port Hackathon 2017 prize, Team Dock Tech was independently reviewed and awarded with the SmartPort prize. The SmartPort prize includes €1.000,- in cash and support on researching the ideas. This is for example graduation, promotion, or an internship for the further research and development of the idea. Also SmartPort Managing Director Michiel Jak & Programm manager Dirk Koppenol were introduced by Dore van Duivenbode, check the video here  

We are glad to welcome Team Dock Tech to the SmartPort Community and we will keep you informed about further developments. Check this link for the aftermovie of World Port Hackathon