PortTechEXPO 2014 Highlights
At the 5th annual PortTechEXPO clean technology companies large and small had the chance to connect with business prospects at Southern California's ports and explore opportunities with ports worldwide working to achieve a more sustainable future.
The EXPO featured clean technology demonstrations, interactive displays and the best technology advancements for ports and beyond.
PortTechEXPO 2014 Speaker Highlights
Kicking off PortTechEXPO 2014, Mike Quindazzi, Business Development Leader for the Pacific Southwest region of PwC, gave a presentation on Global Megatrends. The five forces shaping our futures include: demographic shifts, shifts in economic power, acceleration of urbanization, climate change resource scarcity, and technology advancement.
The morning session highlighted key megatrends impacting innovation and sustainability at ports worldwide. Port leaders including Chairman Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission; Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles; and Jon Slangerup, Chief Executive, Port of Long Beach shared their views on being at the forefront of these trends.
The EXPO luncheon began with a presentation by Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. MWD, a water utility company is the largest provider of drinking water in the world. Jeff focused on the need to develop new resources and technologies to continue to supply water to our growing Southern California population.
Jeff Malin, Senior Business Development Specialist, GO-Biz, presented California's plans for freight mobility and sustainable freight, the Innovation Hub program, and California's business investment services.
PortTechEXPO 2014 Award Highlights
The PortTech Pitch program discovers then mentors tomorrow's clean tech leaders. PortTech screens more than 100 startups each spring, then provides coaching to approximately 30 technology entrepreneurs to prepare them for funding presentation opportunities. The winners of the PortTechPitch final competition include: Transient Plasma Systems, SaveSorb and Malama Composites.
PortTechEXPO photos: Taso Papadakis Photography