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The IHMA Young Maritime Professionals Innovation Pitching Competition Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders at the IHMA 2020 Congress with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

The shipping and maritime industry has developed a highly skilled, passionate and vibrant next generation of talent and the IHMA is delighted to launch its inaugural Innovation Pitching Competition in 2020 to promote and advance the ideas of these disruptors and future leaders.

Following their pitch, the winner will be selected via the audience vote.

Entries must be 400-600 words and include a concept title, name/contact details, institution and qualification underway/completed (including completion date), the issue being addressed and the solution/idea proposed. Final presentations can include multi and/or mixed media.

Entries will be judged by the IHMA Organising Committee on the benefits the idea could provide, its quality and relevance. The Organising Committee’s decision is final. No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.
The Finalists will be announced in October 2019.

Eligibility: Young maritime professionals*
Open to all maritime professionals who are 35yrs or under (as at 26 March 2020).

Finalists will receive:
Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their idea to our select panel of maritime leaders/judges at the 2020 IHMA Congress. The winner will be announced at the IHMA Gala Dinner on the 25 March 2020.

Finalists will receive complimentary attendance at the IHMA 2020 Congress and 5 nights’ accommodation at the Congress venue, the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The winner will receive:
The 2020 IHMA Pitching Competition winner will receive a speaking position and complimentary all-access pass to the 2022 IHMA Congress.

The winner will be decided by combining the scores of the judges (50%) and those of the audience (50%) as calculated via the audience vote on the event app.

The IHMA have secured a corporate sponsor for the Pitching Competition.
All intellectual property (IP) rights existing at the time of the Pitching Competition remain vested in the owning party. Once the Pitching Competition has taken place, the finalists grant this corporate sponsor a licence to use the IP and the exclusive right to take steps to commercialise the Pitching Competition ideas, in consultation with the finalists, for a period of 12 months after the 2020 Congress ends.

If you have queries, please contact Tina Karas, IHMA 2020 Conference Manager via or + 61 (2) 9080 4408 or + 61 (0) 431 442 504