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The Freeport of Riga Authority announces innovation competition for students

BC, Riga, 31.03.2017.Print version
The Freeport of Riga Authority announces innovation competition for students “The Port for the City”, the main objective of the said competition is to promote solutions, that are appropriate for the modern technology age, in the Freeport of Riga (FPR) economic activities, including attraction of new cooperation partners from Asian countries.

Any student of  the institutions of higher education of the Republic of Latvia, as well as any Latvian national, who is currently studying at the higher education institutions outside Latvian borders, are invited to participate in the challenging  competition “The Port for the City”. Young people are encouraged to strive for and find new ideas for increasing the competitiveness of the port, focusing on five thematic topics: technology, competitiveness, logistics, environment and marketing. Innovation might be unique, that is, without existing analogous or similar products in the market, or the proposed idea may have already been used elsewhere in the world's ports and a successful solution has been provided.

In the framework of this creative competition the team of two people should develop and provide an innovation related to the mentioned thematic topics (full topic list is provided at During the second selection round of the competition or the finals the students will have to present their ideas in person, creating a concise and attractive video presentation of their innovation.

Last year, the winners were the Riga Technical University (RTU) students, who managed to develop  a product , which can be used in the framework of the port operation - an electronic pilot voucher system prototype.  

“The port operation is important for economic growth, especially when up-to-date solutions are available for implementation. We would like to involve young people so that they can provide their ideas on the port operation modernization and offer their solutions. The previous competition results demonstrated that there are creative and talented young people, who are able to offer not only innovative ideas, but even functioning solutions in the form of operating prototypes. We believe that this competition can contribute not only to the subsequent operation of the port, but also to the professional development of young people,” says the Freeport Deputy CEO Martins Ziemanis.

The objective of the competition “The Port for the City” is to create innovative and creative solutions that can be integrated into the port operation, as well as to stimulate young people's interest and understanding of modern port operation and its contribution to the city development with a special focus on provided opportunities for individual career development.

The student competition teams can apply for the participation in the said competition by April 28, 2017, at  the competition website , the competition works must be submitted by May 12, 2017,  while the competition finals will take place on  May 18, 2017. The award-winning work authors will receive the latest Samsung smartphones, Kindle e-readers, as well as surprise gifts from the Freeport of Riga.  

The Freeport of Riga is the largest port in Latvia - in 2016 the cargo turnover volume amounted to 37 million tons. The Freeport of Riga is a multi-functional port with a modern and secure infrastructure, where services are provided by 194 private merchants, operating at the port, including 35 stevedoring companies (cargo handling terminals).

The Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) manages the port, and is responsible for the maintenance of the port infrastructure, for the port security, as well as for the port land and infrastructure leasing to private enterprises. The FPRA is the executive body that implements the Freeport of Riga Board decisions on port development. The FPRA is not engaged in commercial activities at the port. Its revenues consist of port dues, collected from the vessels, as well as of land and berth rent fees. The FPRA operates in compliance with the principles of non-profit organizations - its financial resources are spent only for the port management and development

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