A NEW KIND OF OPEN INNOVATION EVENT THAT HELPS THE BLUE ECONOMY ECOSYSTEM SOLVE TOUGH TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS CHALLENGES TOGETHER
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.
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
- 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
- Solution mapping, elaboration and validation with experts & prosumers
- Presentations to peers and panelists
- Reception & networking
THEMES OF HACK BLUE 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.
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!
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.
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
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?
- 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.
KEY ECOSYSTEM ACTORS
Port and port service providers, energy companies, shipping and logistics companies, construction companies and specialised engineering & consulting firms
Technology companies, IT service providers, insurance companies
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
The humans behind Hack Blue Transition.
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