On November 26. and 27. the Flemish Waterway Authority organises a virtual international hackathon on smart shipping. Participants have 48 hours to solve 4 challenges:
- How is an automated barge able to safely pass through a lock when no persons are present on the barge?
- Which communication protocols should be implemented to enable safe navigation with automated and conventional barges?
- How to enable corridor planning for both automated and conventional barges?
- How should the government incorporate new technologies and organise their operations towards optimal traffic management?
More information is available on a dedicated website (it will be updated regularly): https://smartshipping-hackathon.com/
The hackaton focuses mainly on inland waterways but some of the challenges can be broadened towards maritime solutions as well.