The Hackathon is organized under the chainPORT initiative, a collaboration of twelve ports launched in 2015 to digitally connect ports globally, share best practices for handling the largest containerships in the global fleet and boost efficiency within the maritime supply chain.

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The Hackathon encourages teams to work together on a set of local and global challenges. Challenge subjects will include inter-port information sharing, mobility, safety and security. Ideas will be presented to a jury of experts on the event's last day, and winning ideas may be further developed and implemented.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Hackathon will take place on October 12 and 13 at the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management. The two ports are currently recruiting industry professionals, students and coaches to participate in the Hackathon.

Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said:

Ports must continue to incorporate the latest and most promising technologies in order to remain competitive in today’s dynamic global supply chain environment. The Port of Los Angeles is pleased to host a Hackathon for the third consecutive year and we look forward to seeing the ideas that emerge from this unique and unconventional approach to technology development.