Registration Open for Sept. 5-6 Conference and Competition

SAN PEDRO, Calif. —  PortTechLA  will host its 3rd  annual PortTechEXPO on Sept. 5th and 6th, with this year’s conference and competition focused on exploring and helping to fund the most innovative environmental, energy, transportation and security technologies for the maritime industry.

Expanded this year to include a pre-event evening session exclusively for the technology entrepreneur competition, the EXPO attracts business and community leaders, venture capitalists, maritime industry experts and technology entrepreneurs from around the region. 

“The PortTechEXPO is about finding and funding innovative technology solutions for an increasingly changing and competitive maritime industry,” said Jeff Milanette, executive director of PortTechLA “The EXPO provides both innovator and investor the opportunity to explore the latest technological advancements and help bring them to market.”

Hosted by PortTechLA, a coalition operated by the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles and the San Pedro and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce, this year’s conference will feature technology exhibits and demonstrations, as well as a host of panel discussions on such topics as “The Port Labor Force of the Future” and “Applying Technology at Today’s Ports.”  

The clean technology entrepreneur competition on Sept. 5 will feature 10 finalists, chosen from competitions to be held on August 16 and 22. Selected finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their innovative technology ideas to a panel of judges, investors and invited guests on the evening of Sept. 5. 

Entrepreneurs interested in entering the competition can contact John Dmohowski, director of client services at PortTechLA, via email at  

PortTechLA organized the first PortTechEXPO in 2010. The event has attracted more than 300 attendees and 50 exhibitors each year. Previous attendees have included maritime technology and homeland security entrepreneurs, marine engineering and technical services companies, government officials, maritime business owners and service providers, port customers, among others. This year’s event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro.  
PortTechLA is a public benefit, non-profit technology center and business incubator founded by the San Pedro and Wilmington chambers of commerce in collaboration with the Port of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. Its mission is to attract technology companies to the Los Angeles Harbor Area and to assist them in developing, testing, commercializing, manufacturing and marketing products for port-related environmental, clean energy, security and logistics challenges. The goal is to create the world’s premiere port-related technology business cluster.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.