De Vlaamse Waterweg

Virtual Hackathon

November 26 & 27, 2020


Are you able to unlock the potential of Smart Shipping?

Within Flanders there is around 1000 km of navigable inland waterways on which more than 70 million ton is transported every year. Although this already gets a lot of trucks of the road, there is still a lot of capacity available that is underused which could improve the mobility and ecological transport issues in Flanders. One of the innovations that could realise this potential is Smart Shipping.

Smart shipping in inland navigation can be understood as both the optimised and standardized data sharing between barges, infrastructure, and waterway managers as the navigation with autonomous / automated barges. It is on this last element this hackathon is going to focus.

If we look towards the automatisation in other modi, and especially trucks, we see that different efforts are made to make everything fully autonomous. This trend stems from the fact that efficiency, gained from partly automated tasks, is limited compared to the extra risks. (f.e. attention deficit in semi-autonomous vehicles)

This is completely different with the inland waterway sector, and in extension the maritime, as an enormous economic potential can be achieved if one person could remotely control a vessel.

This will make inland navigation more cost-effective, which would results in a more competitive position with rail & road and further realise a modal shift.

Although this sounds promising and there are already different tests ongoing in Flanders and West-Europe, there are still some discussions and rough waters ahead. Nevertheless, we are looking forward to map these undiscovered waters.

Therefore De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, Antwerp Management School and EY are challenging you to bring your talent to the table and together with our participants unlock the potential of Smart Shipping

This Hackathon is a FLOAT event. 



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?



The hackathon will be preceded by 3 pre-events: 

  1. November 5: Info session for mentors and coaches
  2. November 12: Info session for participants
  3. November 19: Presentation of the teams
Thursday 26/11/20

Start of the virtual hackathon
9:00 AM

Plenary opening video conference
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Teams start working on project Hacking
9:30 AM – 12 Midnight

Continuous coaching and support by mentor via chat platform Workshops on Business Modelling & Pitching during the day

Business Modelling Workshop
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Pitching Workshop
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Plenary intermediary evening touchpoint
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

End first day of hacking

Mentors go offline until the next morning Teams are allowed to continue working on their projects

Friday 27/11/20

Kick-off day two
8:00 AM

Plenary opening video conference
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

End of the hackathon
3:00 PM

Teams submit their solutions

Judging & finalist selection
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Plenary video call with all participants
Award ceremony
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM



Organizing partners





Coaches and experts

A dedicated team of coaches and industry experts will be assigned to you to support you during the process and ensure a good problem-solution fit. 

Jef Bauwens – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Jef Bauwens is Smart Logistics Project Manager for the Flemish Inland Waterway Authority (de Vlaamse Waterweg nv). Part of the team Innovation in Inland Navigation he has a broad background going from engineering to software development to project management. Fields he has worked in the past are going from automotive over security application in banking to logistics automation. The last three years, his focus is set on projects and initiatives on improving the transport logistics in inland navigation.  His long term goal is to make Inland Waterways seamless fit in the Physical Internet. This might seem like far away, but today tangible projects and products will be delivered to achieve this goal.  To realize this goal, an (inter)national network of academic and technical experts in inland navigation and in other transport modes is very important.  As Project Manager of the Single Window for Inland Navigation (SWINg) he also can proudly announce the launch of this platform on 01/01/2021 ( Concerning the hackathon, he will be able to give advice, as well on a technical level as on a business (logistics) level.

Michiel Coopman  – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Michiel is an electromechanical and automation engineer, working for De Vlaamse Waterweg for almost a decade.cDuring this time he was involved in most major automation and remote-control projects. He currently leads the team of engineers and technicians responsible for engineering and implementing remote-control on locks and bridges. Apart from a strong technical view with attention to safety, he advocates a broader view on the impact and alignment of technology on other aspects of the organisation such as the human-machine interaction, business processes, technical management and procurement strategy. He can share his technical expertise and help investigate the impact of solutions from different viewing angles.

Jannes Verstichel – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Jannes is Project leader at Alsic nv and River Information Services (RIS) expert. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of innovative RIS applications. He also assists De Vlaamse Waterweg nv with technical and legal aspects in the European COMEX project, and is Secretary of the PIANC Working Group 125, which drafts the RIS Guidelines of the future. Jannes is a PhD in Computerscience and was a researcher and post-doc at the KU Leuven for 8 years. He investigated and developed mathematical models and algorithms for the optimization of lock scheduling on inland waterways and in ports. He can help with question about River Information Services, Corridor Management in Inland Waterway Transportation and the application of optimization-techniques to optimize traffic flows and the scheduling of operable bridges and locks.

Tim Bauweraerts – Blue Line Logistic

Tim studied Rhine and inland navigation at Cenflumarin and has a specialization in limited coastal shipping. He has experience in tanker shipping and push-tow navigation. Tim worked for 5 years at ThyssenKrupp Veerhaven b.v., of which 2 years as a helmsman with training as captain / skipper. After this rich experience he started working as a skipper at WEVA-Shipping. Here, Tim sailed for 2 years with a large cargo ship (MCS Isabelle 135 x14.20) and a coupling (KVB Isabelle 1 & 2 172 x 11.40) on the Rhine. Tim has been working for Blue Line Logistics since 2019 and is contributing to the future of autonomous sailing.

Ingmar Christiaens  – EY

After selling his company to EY, Ingmar became Partner responsible for IT consulting. He is now focused on sustainable team growth, with a focused market offering for technology. When not at work or trying to raise his 2 kids, skiing and diving are his passions.

Joris De Smedt – EY

Joris is specialized in guiding public sector organizations in transforming their business to be ready for the future. Joris has 15 years of experience working for all layers of government. Working on major performance programs in Belgium and Europe, Joris has advised public executives on their policies and strategies, on large transformation programs and organizational change, on performance issues for local and federal administrations and EU organizations. As a coach Joris will challenge the participating teams on their ability to change the current business and operating models of the different stakeholders in the ecosystem of smart shipping.

Jan De Clippeleer – EY Executive Director and Innovation Enabler.

Jan is an Executive Director at EY Consulting and enthusiastic facilitator at EY wavespace Antwerp and advises companies with experience in business model innovation, funding, cooperation between start-ups and corporations. Jan is also an Innovation Enabler within EY The Factory. Jan worked for more than 30 years in the R&D, innovation and services departments of global technology companies in the publishing and printing industry and later in healthcare IT. He founded a few start-ups, was an independent innovation expert at SME-related jury committees and Entrepreneur in Residence in a global innovation hub.

Matthias Beckers – EY – Senior Consultant Strategy & Transformation Execution

When Matthias started working for De Vlaamse Waterweg, the innovation Smart Shipping was on a lot of companies radar, but the eventual impact was uncertain. Now, two years later, it is clear that this is the future of inland shipping and we can already identify what is still needed to make this a reality. He has been supporting De Vlaamse Waterweg for two years, researching the innovation and adjusting their role to accommodate this. Thanks to this project he is knowledgeable about the different types of smart shipping and the logistic problems this brings along.

Ine Van Den Dries – EY

For the past two years, Ine has been working closely with the Program Manager Smart Shipping of De Vlaamse Waterweg. Using her expertise in Program Management, she is keeping track of the roll-out of the four program pillars (Smart Vessels, Smart Infrastructure, Smart Data and Smart Legislation) and the supporting initiatives. More broadly, Ine is working as Senior advisor Process Optimization within the ports and shipping sector.

Jelle Jacobs – EY

Jelle works as an innovation consultant for EY The Factory, where he helps promising startups and scale-ups with their growth, financing and internationalization. Before EY, Jelle was active in the startup sector itself in Belgium and San Francisco. As a co-founder of Hack The Crisis Belgium he has also extensive experience in the organization of hackathons in different industries in Belgium and abroad.

Dieter Sauvage – Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken

Policy advisor at the Department of Mobility and Public Works, Maritime Affairs and Airports Team, with a background in operational VTS.

Tom Aga – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Tom, born in Antwerp, has a “hands-on” mentality and a passion for shipping. As a member of a sailor’s family, he too heard the call of the sea. He mainly sailed on LNG-carriers, but also on a RoPax-ferry and dredgers. In between the sailing contracts, he took on some crewing and marine-HSEQ positions at Exmar Shipmanagement. After several years at sea, he sought calmer waters and opted for family life. Since February 2018, he has been working at RIS of De Vlaamse Waterweg (the information and calamity center). He has lived in Ghent for several years with his wife Sien en son Lars. He likes good food, traveling, reading and searching for the silence of nature.

Jan Gilissen – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Jan works as functional application manager for DVW, he’s responsible for the supporting IT systems used in traffic management on locks and bridges of DVW and the VisuRIS website were the information is shared with other parties.
He’s also project member in the RIS-CoMEX projectprojects which will facilitate corridormanagement on European corridors. He can help with questions on the availability of information and the current procedures between vessels and lock and bridge information.

Ir. Carl Verhamme – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Carl has an extensive background of more than 35 years in logistics & production with major multinational companies, both in Belgium and abroad. The last 16 years he has worked almost exclusively with inland waterway administrators and port authorities on the modal shift; getting as much tonnage and volume as possible from the road to the waterways. Carl is an expert in the optimization of the planning and capacity utilization of ships, locks, inland waterways, quays and load/unloading devices.

Kai Kempmann – CCNR (Central Commission for the navigation of the Rhine)

Kai joined the CCNR in 2014 as administrator for the Committee on Infrastructure and Environment and for the Committee on Dangerous Goods (MD). In this function he is in charge of topics such as safety and reliability of the waterway, intelligent (smart) infrastructure, alternative fuels infrastructure, quality and quantity of berths, general sustainability of inland navigation as well as low water and climate change. He is in addition particularly involved in the support to the implementation of the TEN-T directive (Good Navigation Status, TEN-T corridors, TENtec database).

Agnes Peil – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Agnes is Remote Control Program Manager for the Flemish Inland Waterway Authority (de Vlaamse Waterweg nv). The aim of the program is to operate in 2032 all movable bridges, locks, barrages, … from 3 Remote Control Centers in Flanders (Hasselt, Willebroek, Evergem). Agnes has to stimulate and support the cooperation between the different departments of the organization, between the technical people and HR, between the operational actions in the field and the policy matter, between the employees and the labor unions, between the organization and the users of the waterway, … She likes to work and think about the challenges for the future such as unmanned vessels at unmanned locks and bridges. She has experience with the past and today, she works for the future of the waterway and the shipping. As go-between and mediator, she can help you in this hackathon with all general questions because she knows something about everything, about every topic related to remote control.

Kurt Laforce – North Sea Port

Kurt Laforce works as a port lieutenant for the North Sea Port Flanders harbour service. Based in Ghent he cooperates in vessel traffic management and port security and safety management. Next to being a seaport, North Sea Port is also a central location in the West-European inland waterway network. Kurt is currently involved in research to assimilate automated inland shipping in future port operations.

David Woudenberg – Shipping Technology

Gratuated in Major in Artificial Intelligence 6.9/10 and Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence 8.1/10 (Cum Laude) at the University of Amsterdam, David has developed himself during the years into an extremely high qualified and reputable Scientist. In his function as Lead Autonomous at Shipping Technology David Woudenberg is technically responsible for all autonomous projects. At this time his priority is aimed at autonomous shipping in the inland shipping sector. He concerns himself with transforming the Factofour (a Shipping Factory container vessel) into the first autonomous inland shipping vessel. Together with his highly qualified team he is focusing on the progress in the development towards Shipping Technology products and applications. Nowadays he is in the process of connecting the first 75 inland vessels to the Shipping Technology System based on A.I.

James Fanshawe – UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group

James chairs the UK’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG), which has released Codes for the safe operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships. He is a member of the UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Steering Group and the MASG Council. Internationally, James is on the Strategic Advisory Group for the Autoship project and is the moderator for the UNECE work on Autonomy on Inland Waterways. James works within a mixed commercial portfolio. He is a Director of Zulu Associates and the Anglo Belgian Shipping Company. He is a Board advisor to SEA-KIT International and is the Director of Maritime Strategy for Drone Major Group.

Vivian Baetens – Rijkswaterstaat

I followed the training to become a Maritime Officer at the higher maritime academy in Vlissingen, after which I started sailing. I sailed as a driver for a few weeks, but most of the time I sail as a mate. For the last 4 years I worked as chief mate on board ships of the Dutch shipping company Wagenborg. In 2003 I made the switch to shore, first at the office at a maritime employment agency and since 2006 I have been employed by Rijkswaterstaat. I worked for several years as a traffic controller at the traffic center Vlissingen and in 2011 I started working for the Common Nautical Authority. In 2017 I obtained a Master of Science in Shipping and Transport at the Netherlands Maritime University.

Pieter Zandhuis – Maritieme Academie Harlingen

Pieter works for the Maritieme Academie Harlingen as a project officer and senior simulation expert. The Maritieme Academie Harlingen is a vocational school for inland waterway transport, the school operates several training ships and a state of the art inland waterway simulator centre. After 7 years sailing the world’s oceans with Holland America Lijn passenger ships, Pieter found calmer waters in his home town with the Maritieme Academie Harlingen, were he is currently involved in a wide array of innovation projects such as dedicated simulations for the IWT, hydrogen fuel cell applications for Inland vessels, virtual reality, validation of infrastructure designs and more. With his background as a navigation officer and a deep interest in marine engineering, automation and ICT, he always tries to provide different viewing angles to challenges presented.

Glenn Vanderhoydonk – De vlaamse waterweg

Glenn is an construction engineer, working for the Flemish Inland Waterway Authority (De Vlaamse Waterweg nv). He is mainly involved in the project concerning the modernization of the Albert canal. In this project he and his colleagues are responsible for the construction of new quay walls, the widening of the canal and also the deepening of the canal. The purpose of this is to make the canal accessible to larger vessels. Glenn is also involved in a part of the Smart Shipping Project concerning the autonomous docking of crewless barges. More specifically he is involved in the implementation of these new mooring systems on existing quay walls.

Yassin Boullauazan – Antwerp Management School

Yassin graduated at the University of Antwerp as a Business engineer, with a specialization in Strategy and IT governance. He started his career in IT consulting in 2016, where he fulfilled several roles (functional & business analysis, project management and advisory). Since April of 2019 Yassin joined the Antwerp Management School as a PhD researcher specializing in Smart Ports.
At AMS he fulfils the role of dedicated researcher and work package leader of the SPEED project. SPEED is an acronym for Smart Ports Ecosystem Development Project. It’s an Interreg funded research project that aims to create a smart port ecosystem to facilitate the creation of smart port solutions.

Jerome Paquay – Google

Born and raised in Brussels, Jerome is a technology strategist with close to 20 years of experience in IT. He worked in various roles ranging from Systems and Network administration to Web development and to Cloud Architecture. He has a passion for bridging the business needs to open source technology and create innovative solutions to help Public Sector customers improve their services to the citizens.

Karin Valkenier – Amsterdam University

Karin is a student at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in Maritime Officer. Currently she is doing research in communication between autonomous ships and VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) for Rijkswaterstaat, which will result in her final thesis. Rijkswaterstaat is part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management.
She successfully completed her first internship on the TSHD Rotterdam from Van Oord, where she gained experience and knowledge about the navigational and technical tasks on board of ships.

Patrick Potgraven – Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement

Patrick has been educated at the University of Twente in Business Administration. Starting his working career in 1994, he joined Rijkswaterstaat, part of the Ministry op Infrastructure and Water management. After that he started his own private company VID. VID has been a national supplier of road traffic information for almost 20 years. Since 2018 he came back to Rijkswaterstaat as program manager for Smart Shipping. In his working life, he has always been working on the edge between the public domain and private companies. Aiming at a close cooperation between private companies and governments involved in smart shipping, the realization of the Netherlands Forum on Smart Shipping is a major achievement.

Jelmer de Lange – Rijkswaterstaat

As Coordinator Shipping Innovations at Rijkswaterstaat, Jelmer de Lange is working at the public sector-side of the smart shipping domain. Rijkswaterstaat is the Dutch water management authority on national rivers and canals and responsible for save and efficient vessel traffic management. In 2020 the Dutch Forum for Smart Shipping (Nederlands Forum Smart Shipping) started in which Jelmer is coordinating ship-eco system, in which the interaction between smart ship, infrastructure and authorities is developed. Jelmer has been educated at the University of Amsterdam in Business Studies and started his career as business-consultant for maritime innovation projects. He has been working at Rijkswaterstaat since 2019.

Maxim Candries – Ghent University

Maxim Candries joined the Division of Maritime Technology at Ghent University in 2010 as a post-doctoral researcher. He is scientific advisor of the Knowledge Centre Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water ( and co-organizer of the MASHCON conferences. He has carried out research with regards to the accessibility of deep-draughted vessels to ports, ship-ship interaction in confined environments and recommended speed limits for inland navigation vessels.

Koen De Troyer – Proximus

Koen is Technology Strategy Manager at Proximus. Thanks to his long career in telecommunications, he is as much at ease with all the current mobile technologies as with 5G technology.
He is supporting the deployment of 5G within Proximus.

Peter Hellinckx – Universiteit Antwerpen

Peter Hellinckx obtained his Master in Computer Science and his Ph.D. in Science both from the University of Antwerp in 2002 and 2008 respectively. His master thesis acted on the interpretation of 2D sketches. His Ph.D. was titled “The evolution towards Desktop Grid systems, problems and solutions”. In 2009 he joined TERA-Labs at the Karel de Grote University College where he became senior researcher and responsible for the distributed computing research group. In 2013 he became assistant professor in the faculty of applied engineering (Electronics-ICT) at the University of Antwerp and joined the CoSys-Lab. In 2015 he became (and still is ) the head of the department of Electronics-ICT and he joined the MOSAIC research team. MOSAIC was part of the iMinds Research center which merged with IMEC in 2016. At that time the MOSAIC research team merged with the IBCN team into a new research team called IDLab. Here he is responsible for the DES (Distributed Embedded Systems)-Team. In 2017 became head of the Postgraduate in IoT. He is currently teaching third year bachelor courses advanced programming techniques and distributed systems and the master courses IoT Distributed Embedded Software and Computer Graphics. In the postgraduate in Internet of Things he also teaches a course on Distributed Embedded Software He is co-founder of the spin-offs Hysopt and Hi10. His research focuses on Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Iot and Cyber Physical Systems with as main application domains: autonomous driving/shipping, logistics, mobility, Industry 4.0 and smart cities.


Krista Maes – De Vlaamse Waterweg

Krista Maes is operational director at De Vlaamse Waterweg. Graduated as a commercial scientist, she has been involved in innovation in several departments of the Flemish Government. In 2008 Krista joined Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV as head of the “Coordination” department in Brussels. In 2014 she started at the office of the Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Weyts as a consultant inland shipping and logistics. Since 1 February 2018, Krista Maes has reinforced the ranks of De Vlaamse Waterweg nv as operational director of the agency.

Ann-Sofie Pauwelyn – Smart Shipping Project Manager

Ann-Sofie Pauwelyn is Smart Shipping Project Manager for the Flemish Inland Waterway Authority (de Vlaamse Waterweg nv). She is part of the team Innovation in Inland Navigation. She is the expert on autonomous and automated shipping inside the Flemish Government and represents Flanders in different international fora on the topic. Thanks to her and her team’s work Flanders is seen as a pioneer in Smart Shipping, being the first region in the world that allows tests with unmanned ships. Ann-Sofie is contact point for companies that wish to test their Smart Shipping innovation on the Flemish inland waterways.

Louis-Robert Cool – CEO Seafar

Louis-Robert Cool is CEO and founder of Seafar. Seafar is developing next generation ship management services, to accelerate smart shipping in the inland and short sea shipping sector. From a control center, Seafar manages and operates unmanned and crew-reduced vessels, with emphasis on effective and safe operations. Seafar is a front-runner in the development and operational integration of state of the art technologies for semi-autonomous and unmanned shipping.

Piet Opstaele – Port of Antwerp

As innovation ‘enablement’ manager for the Port Authority, Piet is one of the drivers of the digital and innovation transition in the Port of Antwerp. Based on a founded strategy with a pragmatic approach in executing concrete innovation projects, he makes the ‘Port of the Future’ tangible and leads the development of Port of Antwerp as open innovation platform (e.g.  on smart shipping, drones) – on which startups, companies, knowledge institutions and other authorities create new value for the Antwerp port ecosystem.

Mario Sattler – DG MOVE, Unit on Ports and inland Navigation

Mario has been working for more than 15 years in the field of River Information Services (RIS) for viadonau, the Austrian Waterways Management Organisation.
As Senior Project Manager he has successfully conducted several international projects covering studies, research and implementation initiatives alike. Since November 2018, he is delegated to the European Commission (EC) in order to facilitate the evaluation and potential revision of the RIS Directive. Mario covers all policy aspects related to digitalisation in inland navigation in his unit. He is also the EC representative in the international CESNI/TI working group on information technology in inland navigation.

Tom Van Herzele – EY

Tom Van Herzele is an Executive Director at EY. He graduated as an electromechanical engineer with a specialization in marine engineering from the Ghent University. After an international career in the dredging industry, Tom joined EY where he has been appointed as the responsible for a large set of ports and shipping clients. Tom uniquely combines technical industry expertise with business and innovation insights and will judge based on feasibility and innovativeness.

Kurt Rommens – Google Cloud

Kurt has spent the vast majority of his career in national and international sales and sales management roles in the IT industry. First at several integrators, and the last years working at vendors like Cisco where he joined the innovation team, trying to come up with innovative solutions both in a social context and a business context. Kurt coached the coaches in learning and practicing the used methodologies whilst being a facilitator in several hackathons. Leading and running the startup of Google Cloud in the Public Sector in Belgium and Luxembourg was more than a natural next step in his career. Kurt will judge mainly on 5 pillars; Impact – Desirability – Viability – Feasibility and Sustainability!





A hackathon is a method of creative problem solving. It is a time-boxed activity – limited to 48 hours in this case, where a number of specific challenges can be addressed by the participating teams. The idea is to create usable software or hardware with the goal of demonstrating a functioning tangible prototype or product and a related business model by the end of the event. At the end of the hackathon, teams present their results to a panel of judges.

All participants have or may have pre-existing Intellectual Property Rights. This can be ideas, know-how, trade secrets, copyright in code, sometimes even a patent or an application, and brands, logos and similar stuff. This is called “Pre-Existing IP”.

All Pre-Existing IP remains owned by its owner, in addition, the fact of showing something that is covered by an IP right (say, showing some code that is covered by your software copyright) does not imply that anyone can copy that or use it freely without your approval – you retain your Pre-Existing IP on that.

Participants own the rights to their projects they create at the Hackathon. 

On Friday afternoon, after the hacking, you will have to present what you’ve built to a mixed jury of experts. You will have a couple of minutes to present your business plan, and demo your product/service/idea.

Before the hackathon event, on the 12th of November – we’ll have a take-in day where we’ll discuss challenges, in collaboration with the dream team of the water transportation department. We ask participants however, not to work on the actual project before the take-off on the 26th of November. However, it is advised to familiarize yourself and ask ample questions before the event to guarantee a smooth start.

Teams and challenges​

Sign up through the Eventbrite, assemble your team and sign up for a specific challenge that you and your team will address.

Startups, scale-ups, researchers, students are all welcome to attend. We are looking for multi-functional teams that will be able to create a tangible product or prototype by the end of the hackathon.

  • Subscribe individually: Students and Professionals
  • Subscribe as a group: Start-ups, scaleups and corporates

The more to the point, the better. You and your team will have 24 hours to come up with a solution to one of the challenges posed by the Vlaamse Waterwegen.

Not necessarily, the challenges are to find innovative solutions to support the Vlaamse Waterwegen, not necessarily through coding only.

Teams can be up to 5 people. If you want to hack alone, that’s totally fine. If you are still looking for a team, don’t worry, we will also help with matchmaking.




De Vlaamse Waterweg offers the winners: 

  • Stage time on the 2021 Symposium of de Vlaamse Waterweg nv
  • Presentation of the winning projects on international fora such as CCR, UNECE or Pianc.
  • A project feasibility study
  • Exposure in international media (BE, NL, FR, DU, KR,…)

Antwerp Management School offers the winners: 

  • IoT of Data Science development lab: a short-term mentorship track with experts from AMS and Jhieronymus Academy of Data Science, where the most advanced project using data science or IoT receives support through mentoring and access to physical and virtual lab facilities to take your IoT or data science solutions to the next level.
  • Big Score sessions: Win a guaranteed place on the long list of a big score session, exclusively for Smart Port start-ups and solutions. By being on the longlist on this track, organized by AMS and, you will have the chance to compete for one of the coveted pitch sessions for a specialized audience of smart port VCs and stakeholders.

EY offers one of the winning projects: 

  • 10 Days of consulting including an implementation trajectory with de Vlaamse Waterweg.
Port of Antwerp offers the winners: 
  • Free usage of one of the 3 seats in the Remote Control Center of the Port of Antwerp for a limited time to enable testing your project in the port.

Shipping Technology offers the winning team of Challenge 1: 

  • The winning team of Challenge 1 will be invited by the Shipping Technology Tech Team for a day with an interesting program, including an autonomous test run on ms Factofour. This Inland Vessel has been tested for more than 2 years. Be one of the first to experience the Shipping Technology on board of a ship based on A.I. #Daretodiscover

The Beacon offers 1 free flex workspace at The Beacon for 3 months (all-in, incl. free participation in The Beacon events). 

Watertruck+ offers a cash prize of € 1.000. 

Alsic offers a cash prize of € 1.000. 

DEME-group offers a cash prize of € 1.000.

Seafar offers the winners

  • a short-term mentorship track with experts from Seafar, where the most advanced project in challenge 1 shall have the opportunity to demonstrate their solution in a real life environment, with an automated vessel and with access to the Seafar Control Center.

AUTOSHIP will directly look at the Hackathon challenges to spot its champion! The project will look for the team with the most mature solution for a remote controlled vessel, passing a lock and having correct and secure communication protocols with the infrastructure. AUTOSHIP champion will be provided with:

  • the opportunity to present and discuss their project in front of  AUTOSHIP consortium
  • a short-term mentorship where possible funding opportunities for the project are analysed by AUTOSHIP’s coordinator, PNO, leading Innovation and Grant consultancy

Google Cloud reserved vouchers/coupons for the winners so they can use the Google Cloud platform to build, develop and test their winning solutions.  

  • 1 Coupon of $3,000 for the winning team
  • 1 Coupon of $1,500 for the runner up
  • 1 Coupon of $500 for team 3″

Young Ship Belgium offers the winners

  • The opportunity to present and discuss the project during a workshop/webinar with young experts in the field.
dotOcean offers the winner of challenge 2 a full day of coaching by dotOcean experts.
*The prizes mentioned above will be allocated to the winning projects, according to the relevancy for each project.