The GITEX Africa Smart Port Challenge Hackathon 2024

The third edition of the Smart Port Challenge 2024 Hackathon successfully concluded in Marrakech, alongside the 2nd GITEX Africa Morocco event. Organized by the ANP and PortNet, in partnership with UM6P, the event saw participation from over 290 startups globally. They contribute to the creation of resilient, sustainable, and high-performing ports.

GITEX hackaton winners
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Key themes:

  1. Sustainability and environment: Innovations for responsible management and ecological impact reduction.
  2. Port performance: Solutions to enhance efficiency and reduce delays.
  3. Port security: Innovations for resilient operations and enhanced cybersecurity.


  • Up to 30,000 USD in funding for PoC.
  • 15 weeks of experimentation with port community support.
  • High-level coaching from UM6P experts and industry professionals.
  • Promotion of innovations at GITEX Africa.

Key highlights:

  • Over 174 innovations were presented, focusing on sustainability, port performance, and security.
  • The top initiatives, “Port Surveyor,” “BlueDove,” and “,” will develop proof of concepts (PoC).


  • Nadia Laraki (ANP), Youssef Ahouzi (PortNet), Yassine Laghzioui (UM6P Ventures), and Tarik Maouni (ANP) emphasized the importance of collaborative innovation for a modern and resilient port ecosystem.

The Smart Port Challenge aims to enhance port performance and competitiveness through collective intelligence and innovative solutions.

For more details, visit the official webpage of the Challenge, operated by Agorize.