HUNDREDS EXPLORED CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES AT THE PORTTECHEXPO
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 4th Annual PortTechEXPO a success!
Nearly 600 people attended the 4th Annual PortTechEXPO on September 11, 2013. The EXPO featured emerging clean technologies and gave participants the chance to connect with business prospects at Southern California’s ports.
“This year’s EXPO was bigger and better than ever,” said Stan Tomsic, PortTechLA’s Executive Director. “For the first time, we held the EXPO at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. This larger space allowed us to expand the event encompassing a broader scope of clean technology enthusiasts including the entrepreneurs who design it, the customers who buy it and the community member who benefit from it.”
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero launched the EXPO with a morning kickoff address, sharing his insights on economic growth, environmental stewardship and sustainable port development. Afterwards, during the panel discussion on energy, business leaders and energy experts discussed the opportunities and challenges of supporting increased energy demand as ports continue to improve efficiencies and implement clean and green policies.
EXPO attendees watched live technology demonstrations, saw interactive displays and investigated the best clean technology advancements for ports and beyond. Participants had the chance to witness oily water transform into clean water, ride the world’s most compact electric scooter and test drive an electric car.
During the luncheon, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave a rousing speech about the crucial business role entrepreneurs play in Los Angeles, the economic and community benefits of clean ports and the value of having PortTechLA advance clean technologies by helping startups. California State Controller John Chiang also announced the winners of the Entrepreneur Pitch Competition.
“This year, immediately following the EXPO, we opened up the event to the public for free as part of Clean Tech – Cool Tech,” said Tomsic. “Local students came to learn about pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math and experienced being a rocket scientist while operating The Aerospace Corporation’s rocket launch simulator. Community members also learned about new clean technologies and found out about the environmental and energy initiatives at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.”