The very first edition of the World Port Conference, to be held on 1 September, will be all about sharing research results, knowledge and experience in the field of innovation and digitisation in the port and logistics sectors. The event programme also pays ample attention to new visions for the future and emerging technologies. The Port Authority is a co-initiator and co-organiser of the conference.
In addition, the programme makes clear that people and context are just as important for promoting innovation as data and technology. And that research and an entrepreneurial spirit form key conditions when it comes to developing a competitive edge and identifying new business opportunities. The programme includes various keynote speeches, including a speech by Frank Wammes, CTO of Capgemini, and focuses on themes like self-organising logistics, collaboration between corporate organisations and start-ups and the role played by blockchains in cyber security. The conference will be opened by Port Authority CFO Paul Smits. The World Port Conference has been planned just ahead of the fifth edition of the annual World Port Hackathon, in which start-ups, students, professionals and corporate staff meet in a unique setting to jointly develop new and creative solutions (i.e. innovations) for port-related challenges.