Standardised Data Innovation Challenge invites start-ups to work with real vessel data

Smart Maritime Network has announced the launch of the Standardised Data Innovation Challenge (SDIC), a programme for maritime start-ups and entrepreneurs to work with real world standardised datasets from major shipping companies to demonstrate how their systems can benefit vessel operators.

Developed in collaboration with ClassNK and members of the Internet of Ships Open Platform (IoS-OP), the challenge invites individuals and companies from around the world to showcase their applications and technologies capable of turning vessel operational data into business value, utilising data collected from participating shipping companies and stored within IoS-OP.

Innovations focused on categories such as GHG, navigation support, machinery maintenance prediction, ship management, and the blue economy are particularly welcome, with shortlisted participants to be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges at the Smart Maritime Network Tokyo conference on 30 August.  

The winning entrants will have the opportunity to work in partnership with major Japanese shipping companies, including NYK, MOL and K-Line, as a member of the IoS-OP for up to five years. Membership fees will be covered by the challenge hosts for the chosen companies.

In addition, the winners will also receive mentorship from experts within the IoS-OP consortium, gain access to further funding opportunities form participating stakeholders, and will be offered membership in the Smart Maritime Council.

“I am thrilled to partner with ClassNK and Smart Maritime Network for the Standardised Data Innovation Challenge 2023,” said Ando Hideyuki at MTI, the R&D arm of NYK Line, Chair of the judging panel.

“We believe that standardised data practices have the potential to revolutionise the maritime industry, driving efficiency, and enabling more informed decision-making. By providing a platform for innovators to showcase their solutions, we aim to accelerate the adoption of standardised data practices and unlock new possibilities for the industry’s digital transformation.”

“We are excited to work with new and emerging talent in this sector and at MTI we are looking forward to working with the winners.”

The Standardised Data Innovation Challenge 2023 is now open for submissions. Further information is available on the challenge website.

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