Ocean of Opportunities

Ocean of Opportunities

A Shipping & Logistics Innovation Challenge

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Organising Partners

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Corporate Partners

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Ecosystem Partner

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Challenge Supporters

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What's Up!

Oh-three, year-three, we're setting sail further, and deeper!

We welcome on board more partners and more problem statements this year, so get ready to anchor your ideas with us!

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are the two buzzwords in the development of technology, but how can they be applied in the world of shipping? Meanwhile, the hardware and processes that have always been there could not have been neglected. How can we work on these to bring about innovation in shipping? Join us in these two tracks of innovation, where selected ideas will get to go on trial with our corporate partners!

Don’t miss the ship to explore the Ocean of Opportunities out here!

Challenge Categories

These were the challenges for #O3Voyage2020, put up by our various business owners.

So who were the startups who have clinched the POC deal? Check them out here!

General Track

1. Virtual Walkthrough for Vessels

How can we break away from the conventional 2D drawings of vessels?

Finalist and Selected for POC:
SilverWings O3 POC

2. Digitalizing and categorizing contract terms

How can we effectively digitize the systematic processing and recording of our contracts with various vendors, which would enable future in-depth analyses?

3. Determining necessity of container inspection

How can we use technology to determine the condition of the container without physical inspection?

Frazer-Nash Consultancy

4. Efficient Data Exchange with non-system-integrated CFS

How can we exchange data accurately with non-system integrated CFS efficiently and promptly?

Second Prize and Selected for POC:
Virtual Control O3 WinnerO3 POC

5. Visualization of roll trailer management

How can we accurately and efficiently manage and track roll trailers movements and conditions?

Finalist and Selected for POC:
Virtual Control O3 POC

AI Track

1. Schedule reliability prediction using publicly available data

How can we make use of publicly available data to improve predictions in arrival times of liners?

Third Prize, Audience's Favourite
and Selected for POC:

PortcastO3 WinnerO3 POC

2. Dynamic pricing based on all determinant factors

With short historical data and non-digital determinant factors, can we still adopt dynamic pricing?

First Prize and Selected for POC:
Mizzen Group X MaxamationO3 WinnerO3 POC

3. Identification of high risk vessels based on open source intelligence

How can we gather enough information from open sourced intelligence to have a good oversight on the conditions of charter vessels?

Finalist and Selected for POC:
MaritimeAPI O3 POC

Value Proposition

Prizes to be won

Attractive cash prizes of more than $8000 in total to be won!

Shared Spaces

You can test out your solutions on our test beds and operational sites, or even see your idea being implemented in ports and ships all over the world.
You will also have access to our office spaces to develop your ideas.

Industry Exposure

Make use of this chance to learn more about the opportunities that this trillion dollar industry can offer.

Boot Camp

Winners and all finalists will stand a chance to be selected for bootcamp, where you will work on a Proof-of-Concept directly with our corporate partners.


Hear from real industry players who will be mentors to share their experiences.
You will work with our project managers who are familiar with the container shipping industry.

New Market

Want a chance to open a new market in Hong Kong, where many shipping companies are headquartered? We’re working with Cyberport to provide you with opportunities for a free 3-month programme, where you can expect to meet corporates, VCs and mentors.

General Track Timeline

We’ve extended the challenge deadlines for both the General and AI Track. Here’s the timeline for those working on the General Statements. Those interested in the AI track, check out “AI Challenges” tab.

Early Feb

O3 Set Sail!

26 Feb

Challenge Statements published

11 Mar

Online Roadshow

April – May

Online Workshops (In depth Q&A for GS challenges)

10 June

Submissions due for both tracks

Early July

Closed door Semi-finals

26 August (TBC)

Final Pitch

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to take part?
It’s free!
I’m not living in Singapore. Can I take part?
Yes! Please join us! We can do a skype call out for pre-pitch, however, if you are selected to pitch at our finals (taking place in Singapore), we would love to meet you in person.
I have no experience or knowledge about the shipping industry or the container liner business
We have Deep Dive Workshops conducted by our experts and online videos with more details on each of the challenge statements.
I need data. Will data be provided?
There will be data provided for AI Challenges. There will also be relevant sharing for both General and AI Tracks provided via roadshows or the individual challenge Q&A Visit our (link), so please stay tuned and see you there! If you would like to ask your own questions or need more information, please feel free to ping us at info@ooo.sg and we will try to provide you what we can.
Which track should i take part in?
Whichever category is relevant to your business. If you deliver AI solutions, then the AI Challenge would be perfect for you.
Other than data, how else is the AI track different?
Please adhere to the AI track deadlines which are different from the General track dates. You will also be required to go through preliminary interviews, sign an NDA with us, and even submit your code through our partner platform. We will be releasing more details in time to come, so, stay tuned!
I am just a student, I have no company to work with.
That's ok,  we welcome your ideas! However, if you win, we would like to execute the project as a POC, and  would appreciate if you could spend some time during your studies to meet us and work on the POC.
Can I take part as an individual?
Yes, we welcome you!
Can I submit solutions for more than one problem statement?
Yes, you are most welcome to submit a solution for each problem statment. Please fill in the submission form once for each solution that you submit. Please also ensure you have separate proposals for each problem. Please draft a new proposal for each topic, and not just submit company brochures. All submissions should be in by the stipulated deadline.
Who owns the IP and rights to the materials submitted to you?
You will continue to own all IP rights to the materials submitted by you and while organizers may obtain a licence to use these materials, please be assured that the licence is non-exclusive in nature and you will continue to be free to use the materials yourself and/or license similar rights to third parties. Going forward, in the event of any joint-collaboration between the organizers and yourself, please be assured that we would details of such collaborations with you (e.g. IP ownership of jointly developed IP, details regarding the commercialization of such IP etc) before to embarking on the collaboration.
What should I submit?
For those interested in the General Track, submit your proposal via google form which will include details on:
1) a simple introduction of the key team members and their background,
2) which problem statement you are working on,
3) a simple introduction of the technology behind your solution,
4) an explanation of how your solution will help to solve our problem.If there are additional details that you would like to share, please also upload it in the relevant sections. For those interested in the AI Track, we will update you in due time.
What is the judging like?
There will be multiple rounds of screening this year. Dates and details will be made known to selected participants. However, all solutions will be judged together. Judging criteria will be follows-

  • Innovation
  • Technical Competency
  • Business Value
  • User Experience

We will be unable to reveal the exact breakdown of the scores. 
I took part before, can I take part again?
Sure! Just prepare your updated and relevant proposal and submit it again.
Can a different person pitch at pre pitch and final pitch?
Sure, we will judge mainly based on the content of the proposal.
Could I have a look at past years' challenges?
Yes, please refer to 2019 Challenges here
Have questions about the challenge?
Visit our Q&A page (updated periodically) or email info@ooo.sg.

Organising Partners

SCS Logo

Symphony Creative Solutions (SCS) focuses on changes that are happening right now in the Shipping & Logistics industry and strives to lead innovation by bridging industry with new technologies. As an innovative platform provider, we create business solutions that meet the needs of the industry and contribute to its development. We understand the hurdles in innovation and proactively seek partners to collaborate with, ultimately, to bring positive change to the Shipping and Logistics industry. Through Ocean of Opportunities (O3) Challenge, SCS aspires to identify and achieve the best and most effective solutions for the Shipping & Logistics industries.
For more information, visit www.scs71.com

NUS Logo

NUS Enterprise plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. As Asia's Thought Leader for Innovation & Enterprise, its initiatives complement and add a unique perspective to NUS teaching and research at the University and beyond.
For more information, visit www.enterprise.nus.edu.sg

Corporate Partners

Hapag-Lloyd Logo

With a fleet of 231 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.7 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. The company has around 13,000 employees and 392 offices in 129 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.6 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 121 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all the continents. Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin America and Intra-America trades.
For more information, visit www.hapag-lloyd.com

Kline Logo

The “K” LINE Group is an integrated logistics company based on a world-leading shipping business that not only owns and operates a wide variety of vessels, but also engages in land transportation business and warehousing business. They aim to achieve synergy for all in society and sustainable growth by making continuous efforts to ensure safe and reliable navigation and by tackling pioneering challenges to meet social needs, such as environmental preservation, so that it can continue to be needed as an operator of critical logistics and trade infrastructure that supports the affluent lives of people around the world in the next 100 years beyond its 100th anniversary in 2019.
For more information, visit www.kline.co.jp

ONE Logo

ONE(Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.) is a major new global container shipping company, that came to market in 2018, and is offering an extensive liner network service portfolio covering over 120 countries with more than 240 vessels internationally. Its key focus is on enhanced service and innovation, supported by a highly professional and experienced staff organisation with a strong financial balance sheet. The past year has seen ONE implementing numerous innovation projects, both internally and externally.
For more information, visit www.one-line.com

Yusen-Logistics Logo

Yusen Logistics is the insight-driven, customer-centric logistics partner to global business. They deliver this through an extended range of services from International Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics to Supply Chain Solutions and Industry insights - covering the entire supply chain. As a company committed to building shared value with their customers, they invest in a deep understanding of their customers' business and markets, the challenges they face and the goals they want to achieve. With 24,000 employees covering 46 countries and regions and over 550 locations, they are connecting people, businesses and communities to a better future every day. In short, they create better connections for the future of business.
For more information, visit www.yusen-logistics.com

Ecosystem Partner

Hong Kong Cyberport Logo

Hong Kong Cyberport is a government-owned entity and is an innovative digital community with about 1,500 technology companies. With a vision to be the hub for digital technology thereby creating a new economic driver for Hong Kong, Hong Kong Cyberport is committed to nurturing a tech ecosystem by cultivating talent, promoting entrepreneurship, supporting start-ups on their journey.
For more information, visit https://www.cyberport.hk/en

Challenge Supporters

Padang Logo

Incorporated in 2014, Padang & Co is a Singapore-based innovation catalyst, driving the future of work and innovation. We believe that helping large organisations and governments fulfil their innovation ambitions to drive sustainable growth will create a positive impact in this world. Padang & Co catalyses innovation in and with these organisations to solve big problems and develop opportunities in ways that are faster, cheaper, and more agile. We enable companies to utilise a range of innovation tools, forge partnerships with tech startups and innovators, and build Communities of Interest.
For more information, visit www.padang.co

Spire Global Inc Logo

Spire Global, Inc. is a space-to-cloud data and analytics company that specializes in the tracking of global data sets powered by a large constellation of nanosatellites, such as the tracking of maritime, aviation and weather patterns. We’re revolutionizing how maritime data is collected, analyzed, and delivered. Our innovations, like Dynamic AIS™, solve industry challenges and give our customers a competitive advantage. We build intelligent APIs that are easy to use, predictive, and customized to your needs.
For more information, visit https://spire.com/