In total 120 young professionals work in teams of max. five participants. Each team will work on one of the three challenges. Throughout the process, each team is mentored by a maritime professional from a renowned organization. Depending on the challenge, your team will have to create a game changing solution or application that will make shipping smarter.

Together with your team members, you will work on one of three following challenges.

Challenge 1 by Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and Rijkswaterstaat

Have you ever wondered how ships are efficiently guided through the Netherlands? The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and Rijkswaterstaat are facilitators of smart shipping, both at sea and on inland waterways. Smart shipping means making the sector more competitive, safer and more sustainable. For this challenge they need your help by answering the following question:

What kind of new data do we need to collect at the ’Westerschelde’ to make sure that we are ready for the future and do not slow down new innovations, such as autonomous sailing, within the industry?

Prize

With this challenge you will win a unique and exclusive visit to the Corridor Centre of Rijkswaterstaat. This is a facility in which new methods of traffic management are developed, tested and implemented. Furthermore, the winning team has the opportunity to present their idea at the next SMASH event with a great attendance of professionals aiming to make the shipping sector smarter.

Challenge 2 by Netherlands Maritime Technology

Netherlands Maritime Technology is the association for Dutch shipyards, marine equipment suppliers and service providers. In the field of maritime technology, these companies – large and small – are always one step ahead in the quest for new challenges and solutions. They believe in a greener maritime industry, with reduced energy consumption and zero harmful emissions.

For this challenge they need your help by answering the following question: Design a concept for a smart seagoing vessel, which will be able to sail from the Port of Amsterdam to Port of Tilbury (UK) on the 9th of November in 2028, with zero (harmful) emissions.

Prize

You probably need a break after hacking the mile! With this challenge you win a team experience in the HotTug in Rotterdam. The HotTug is the world’s first sailing hot tub. You will have the opportunity to sail this boat and float through Rotterdam’s canals. Rain or shine, enjoying this wonderful view of the city while sipping on a cold cocktail is an experience you will never forget.

Challenge 3 by Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR)

The Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners is the advocate for shipowners established in the Netherlands who are active in shipping. Their activities focus on politics, government, maritime cluster and society. The aim of the protection of interests is that shipowners worldwide can undertake unhindered with clean ships that sail safely.

For this challenge they need your help by answering the following question: How can we find an optimal balance between sustainability and running an efficient loading/unloading schedule?

Prize

If you have a passion for salt water, you probably like a fresh sea breeze. With this prize your team wins a great day at the beach: Blokarting! Are you ready for an adrenalin rush?