A NEW KIND OF OPEN INNOVATION EVENT THAT HELPS THE BLUE ECONOMY ECOSYSTEM SOLVE TOUGH TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS CHALLENGES TOGETHER

WHY

 

The Blue Economy is stuck at a tipping point: “sustainable transformation” has been en vogue in ministerial cabinets and board rooms, but in the real world the progress is slow. A new level of creativity and collaboration for sustainability – as well as a clear focus on immediate business needs – is needed for the Blue Economy companies to make progress towards sustainability.

Hack Blue Transition brings sustainability and business needs together to unlock transformation and to develop concrete solutions to business challenges, such as development of ports as energy hubs, getting ready for hydrogen, accelerating arrival of autonomous vessels and many others.

 

 

 

ABOUT

 

Hack Blue Transition is an Open Innovation event aimed at creating ingenious, unorthodox solutions for the maritime industry and its greater ecosystem. Its purpose is to help you to come up with new ideas, to explore new business models and new technologies, and to immediately test these ideas with your fellow participants. You’ll also forge new collaborations to help you start implementing your ideas the day after the event.

The aim of Hack Blue Transition is to come up with new ideas that solve shared business challenges. HBT challenges are developed by the maritime ecosystem. The hackathon will allow participants to build working relationships to enable future projects, by spending time working purposefully together, developing a better understanding of other player’s context and developing a mutually beneficial approach to executing new ideas.

Here’s how all of the
Hack events work

Day 1

  • Deep dives in the problems and opportunities delivered by a cross- functional team of experts
  • Two rounds of ideation and networking
  • Team formation and networking sessions
  • Idea stretching and validation with experts and users

Day 2

  • Solution mapping, elaboration and validation with experts & prosumers
  • Presentations to peers and panelists
  • Reception & networking

THEMES OF HACK BLUE TRANSITION

Port Transition

Transformation of Ports as energy hubs as well as vital hubs for circular economy. Identify future port specialisation and work on an EU-level port strategy for the 21st century.

Energy Transition

Tackle energy storage and utilisation offshore as well as offshore-land connectors. Improve grid stability,  develop multi actor zones (integrating wind farms, aquaculture …) and work on getting ready for hydrogen!

Logistics Transition

Develop the digitalization of logistics and the role of ports for autonomous vessels.  Expand multimodal connections and work on cleaner and more optimal vessel propulsion.

Operations Transition

Optimisation of operations in ports, marine and offshore environments, develop more efficient monitoring and repairs of offshore and port infrastructure

SOLVING PROBLEMS AS AN ECOSYSTEM

Some problems are just too large for any one company to solve.  They require an entirely new way for stakeholders to interact, a new business model, or a completely different set of technologies. The hardest ones will require combined resources of several companies.

Others can be solved just by having an open conversation between the stakeholders, or by applying a fresh perspective to old problems.

That’s why we make sure that the entire blue economy ecosystem is represented at Hack Blue Transition, that the atmosphere of the event supports open and frank conversations, as well as creates the trust necessary to build the collaborations necessary to solve Blue economy’s most pressing issues.

HOW IS THE CONTENT OF HACK BLUE TRANSITION CREATED?

There are two opportunities for you to contribute to the content of the event:

  • Become a partner and bring a challenge that you want the ecosystem to work on.
  • Join one of our ecosystem workshops to give your input on the challenges proposed by the partners.

Four upcoming Ecosystem Workshops (one per theme) are your first opportunity to learn more about the Themes and the Challenges of Hack Blue Transition, to have an impact on the content of the event, and of course to start building new connections with other future participants.

Ecosystem Workshops will take place online, from 09:30 to 12:30 on the following dates:
Operations Transition25 April
Energy Transition26 April
Port Transition27 April
Logistics Transition28 April

take part?

Hack Blue Transition is open to participants from across the entire maritime ecosystem: product managers, IT and operations specialists, business developers and other hands-on professionals from across the maritime industry. Front-line staff, middle management and senior leaders are all welcome!

KEY ECOSYSTEM ACTORS

Port and port service providers, energy companies, shipping and logistics companies, construction companies and specialised engineering & consulting firms

Mature companies

Technology companies, IT service providers, insurance companies

STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

Startups and startup organizations (incubators, clusters, etc.)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Research institutions, IT and tech service providers

OTHER INVOLVED PARTIES

government, NGOs and consumer organizations

KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

Experts

The humans behind Hack Blue Transition.

Mark Bollen

Meet Mark Bollen, Hack Blue Transition's Curator

For more than 15 years Mark has been active in Offshore, Marine & Coastal Engineering worldwide, helping port authorities, governments & contractors
with innovative and digital solutions. Sprayed by waves offshore gathering data or problem solving using bits & bytes to design new dredging or construction methods. 

Becoming an innovation designer & future foresight strategist was a logical next step. He wanted to learn how to face the big challenges and transitions of today. Needless to say he feels like a fish in the water at this hackathon.

If you’re fluent in nerd: Closely involved in Hydro-Informatics, Remote Sensing, Dredging Projects and Offshore Works and Renewable Energy. Conceptual setting up of Online Real-Time Decision Support Systems, Forecasting of dredge plumes, water quality, Hydrodynamics, Waves, and online visualisation systems, Ports, Estuarine and Coastal studies.
Environmental management and performing sediment plume studies for tenders/planning and execution phase in capital dredging projects, maintenance dredging projects, marine gravel dredging, coastal protection and harbour extensions.
Involved in complex metocean measurement campaign organisation and data processing, interpretation and reporting.
Project manager in various offshore, coastal, estuarine and ports projects

BECAUSE A HACKATHON
IS COMPLICATED TO ORGANISE,
IT DESERVES ATTENTION FROM
ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS, LEO.

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