Innovative Contributions to Conference Topic “Green Shipping” – International Participation – Food for Thought from Extreme Swimmer André Wiersig
The Startup Night on board the MS Stubnitz on Kirchenpaukai on 26 September promises to be an exciting start to the SEADEVCON ’19 (www.seadevcon.com), integrated into the 11th Hamburg Climate Week.
Startups from a number of countries will present new business ideas around the topic “Green Shipping”, addressing both in digital and analogue categories some important aspects of the issue: wind and hydrogen power, emission detection, routing systems, and areas for application of Artificial Intelligence. Awards will be given to the most convincing concepts, followed by a networking get-together co-hosted with the Hamburg Climate Week.
As on the next day of the Conference, held at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on Adolphsplatz, the overarching topic is the goal of a sustainably climate-neutral maritime sector, which can make a significant contribution to fighting climate change by a reduction of CO2 emissions from commercial shipping and sea tourism.
Otto Schacht, EVP Logistics with Kühne + Nagel, will open the Startup Night as its Keynote Speaker. A special highlight awaits the participants with the presentation by extreme swimmer André Wiersig, the first German to have crossed the seven straits known as “Oceans Seven”. In a graphic and gripping manner, he will speak of his motivation, of his hard physical and mental training, and of his experiences – exposed to the elemental forces, yet with “a very strong connection to the water”. Wiersig, who is an Ambassador of the “Deutsche Meeresstiftung”: “I am deeply ashamed when I see what mankind does to the oceans. I will continue to do my part to stop this unnecessary destruction.”
SEADEVCON ’19 will bring together experts from the maritime business, representatives from shipping companies, researchers and academics, developers of hard- and software technologies, NGOs, and environmental activists to present attempts at technical solutions, to discuss the future of the industry, and to look at the ports of tomorrow.
Carsten Bullemer, SEADEVCON organizer, is pleased about such a varied program: “We have managed to fill the Startup Night with interesting participants and to arrange it around relevant content. As a kick-off event, we’re confident it will sharpen the focus on our conference’s topic, and we look forward to lively discussions and valuable impulses. SEADEVCON ’19 aims to equip all concerned with new insights from the Conference.”