In July, the head of the APBA Innovation and Digital-Solutions Business Unit, Jesús Medina, took part in the Innovazul seminar on innovation and blue growth, organised as part of the 71st edition of the UCA Summer Courses in Cádiz.
The seminar, coordinated by Professor María Jesús Mosquera Díaz, Vice-Rector of Political Science and Technology, and Fernando Merello, Research-Results Transfer Office technician at UCA, served as the prelude to the International InnovAzul Conference 2022 which aimed to involve relevant actors from the Blue Economy in southern Europe and thereby contribute to the resolution of challenges and opportunities in both traditional and emerging sectors related to the blue economy.
Over the course of three days, professionals and experts tackled issues as diverse as renewable energies, maritime safety, ports and logistics, fishing and aquaculture, tourism and culture at sea and marine bioproducts, among others.
Specifically, Jesús Medina, with his speech entitled ‘Artificial intelligence for the Optimisation of Port-Logistics Operations’ analysed the challenges of the port-logistics sector and explained how APBA is currently developing the Port’s Digital Transformation and how innovation is being consolidated as a systematic process, integrated within the business. He also went on to present two projects recently developed in which Artificial Intelligence was applied in the Port of Algeciras.
The aims of this initiative, with more than one hundred registered participants and which could be followed both in person and online, can be summarised as: contributing to increasing and strengthening interconnection between Blue Economy innovation-system agents, promoting the circulation of knowledge and innovation as an engine for social change and the modernisation of Cádiz, Andalusia and Spain, and involving Cádiz society, and young people in particular, so that they may take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Blue Economy.