• Klaipeda University
  • 24 May 2024

International hackathon Portathon 2024: join the crew of innovators

International port technology hackathon Portathon 2024 is coming – on 27-29 September Klaipėda once again will become the birthplace of innovative technological and digital solutions for ports. Experts in digitalisation, cybersecurity, logistics, port technology, university communities and start-ups are invited to join – participate, mentor and submit challenges.

Meet-up of experts and young talents

Spreading the sails towards port innovations, Portathon is initiated by the Klaipėda Science and Technology Park in collaboration with the Lithuanian Maritime Cluster and long-term partners. This year, participants will generate solutions for the challenges of sustainable ports, port cities and ecosystems, the maritime industry, logistics and energy.

"We invite young talents, scientists and business experts from various fields to "dock" in Klaipėda, share their knowledge and experience, and embark on a mission of creating modern ports. For start-ups, this hackathon is a great opportunity to meet potential clients and establish contacts with maritime businesses", says Erika Zavackienė, Project Manager of Klaipėda Science and Technology Park and coordinator of the hackathon.

Every year, Portathon attracts around 100 innovators from the Baltic Sea countries, other European countries and even other continents. The organisers encourage both teams and individuals to register. According to them, the most successful teams are those formed of representatives with background in different sectors. 

Starting point for marine start-ups

Members of the port ecosystem and scientific institutions are welcome to submit challenges, which will be solved during a 48-hour hackathon. Participants will be mentored and guided by an international team of mentors, joined each year by over 20 experts in a wide range of fields.

"For the cluster, the value of this hackathon lies in discovering young talents, establishing cooperation with scientists, nurturing a new generation of professionals, and fostering the creation of start-ups which develop modern solutions for ports," says Andrius Sutnikas, Coordinator of the Lithuanian Maritime Cluster.

Previously, the most successful teams were invited by port companies to further develop their ideas, create prototypes, and join their teams.

This year, Portathon is co-funded by the international Blue Supply Chains project and will seek to respond to the challenges of creating and developing sustainable supply chains in the Baltic Sea Region.



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Co-funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, the Blue Supply Chains project is helping to drive the transition towards a green and resilient Baltic Sea Region. For more information see

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