• There is no fee for entry.

  • Any startup throughout the world is welcome to apply and become an Applicant.

  • Applicant(s) must be legally registered or planning to register in their country of residence.

  • Employees of the Organizers, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotional agencies, suppliers and immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the Competition.


  • Applications must be entered on the official platform – gtinnovationchallenge.com – to be considered.

  • Applications must be entered as a Team, according to the categories of the competition (see ‘Categories’ section below).

  • Applications must have a minimum of one (1) representative.

  • Team members must be 18 years old.

  • Only completed applications will be considered.

  • Applications and all events must be completed in English.

  • Applicants must take all necessary steps to ensure adequate protection of any intellectual property described in their submissions (i.e. appropriate intellectual property filings, patent and copyright notices, etc.).

  • The Global Organizers and National Organizers reserve the right, at any time, to disqualify any Submission that, in its judgment, violates the spirit of the competition, its guidelines, processes, Rules or Terms and Conditions.

  • Any Participating Team engaging in unethical activities, including lying, misrepresentations, or nondisclosure of material information, or any activity that may adversely affect the image of OneValley or Gulftainer, will be disqualified and barred from participation in the competition.

  • Applicants understand and agree that OneValley and Gulftainer team members will have access to all information submitted on the Competition Platform and the right to use use that information to facilitate the competition and identify potential opportunities for collaboration between Gulftainer and applicants.

Section 1: Categories

  • IOT and Robodoctors: The expansion of IoT and AI has created the opportunity for automated monitoring of critical equipment using smart sensing technology. These tools have the potential to significantly reduce maintenance costs and unplanned downtime. In the future, ports will pursue 100% predictive maintenance and repair, autonomous “robot-doctors” with the ability to fix anomalies at greater speed and accuracy and 3-D printers that can print required spare parts on site.

  • AI and Autonomous Drones: The increasing maturity of artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities combined with reduced costs of drone and geo-spatial technologies, has created unprecedented opportunities to enable fully automated operations, including autonomous inspections and drone-based cargo and container deliveries.

  • Big Data and Advanced Analytics: Big data and analytics technologies are making it easier than ever to gain real-time insights into business operations and perform automated modeling and simulations. These insights can help port operators optimize terminal operations, eliminate supply chain inefficiencies and maximize utilization of infrastructure. In the future, the movement of all physical objects and infrastructure will be digitally recorded and represented to provide perfect insight into operations.

  • Blockchain: Blockchain technology will revolutionize data exchange processes within ports and global supply chains, drastically reducing shipping transit time and cost, with increased transparency. In the future, “cooperating” robots that take over transport and machine handling will use blockchains to transact and validate, integrating seamlessly with supplier systems and reducing human intervention in document heavy transactions.

  • Bring your own Idea: The above tracks and descriptions are guidelines to the disruptive technologies Gulftainer is looking to embed within their operations. Over and beyond these tracks, we welcome pitches from start-ups that encompass exponential technologies and futuristic business models that will completely disrupt the ports and logistics industry.

Section 2: Phases of Participation

  • Phase 1: Registration and Profile Creation

  • Phase 2: Track Application

  • Phase 3: Judging Review

  • Phase 4: Additional Data Collection for Selected Companies

  • Phase 5: Phone Interview

  • Phase 6: Event

Section 3: Timeline

Section 4: Prizes and Awards

The winning company will receive (1) a cash prize, and (2) the opportunity to explore a a paid pilot/proof of concept deployment with Gulftainer. The cash prize will be $10,000 and Gulftianer will work with each winning team to scope a potential pilot/POC and determine if deployment is appropriate.

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