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Student & Young Professionals Programs

PORTS '22 will feature an expanded Student and Young Professionals program including the return of our PORTS 101 track, especially focused for early-career port engineers, but equally applicable to mid-career engineers transitioning into the port industry, or senior-level managers who have port engineering oversight duties.

Young Professionals Reception – Sunday Evening

All young professionals are invited to this first Young Professionals event via a casual meet and greet! What better way to network amongst your peers from different parts of the world over great food and drinks! 

Location: Nautilus Suite
Date: Sunday, September 18th 
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: FREE 

PORTS 101 – Monday through Wednesday

The PORTS 101 series is a concurrent technical track where unique, port industry experience and knowledge is shared by expert practitioners in easily digestible 20-minute presentations. You can learn more about the PORTS 101 track on our interactive program.

Location: Sea Pearl 3/4
Date: Monday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 21th 
Time: Concurrent Track
Cost: FREE 

Young Professionals Networking Event – Monday Lunch

Are you a young professional (35 years old and under) looking to gain invaluable insight from other  seasoned engineers and your peers? 

If you answered YES, join us at the Younger Member Networking Event! This event connects emerging, diverse young professionals with seasoned professionals that are passionate about giving back during the PORTS ‘22 Conference through facilitating a networking/mentorship event.

Lunch and fun are free and provided for all attendees! Be sure to download the conference app once it is available to receive updates and venue location.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: Coral 4
Date: Monday September 19th
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:25 pm    Lunch and Facilitated Networking
             1:25 pm -  2:30 pm   Extended Informal Networking
Cost: FREE 

Young Professionals Team Building Event – Monday Afternoon

Team building event!

Join us for an afternoon of team building and professional networking whileoutrigger canoes on Waikiki Beach simultaneously participating in a unique Hawaiian experience: outrigger canoeing. Participants will be randomly divided into teams of ten to race against one another in an effort to be crowned the tournament’s champion. While your team is not racing, or if you aren’t interested in racing, we will have music and beach activities like volleyball for you to enjoy as you watch the tournament unfold. So bring your competitive spirit, and get ready to make lasting professional connections! We look forward to meeting you!

The first 100 registrants under 35 will receive a custom PORTS '22 Hawaiian shirt, designed by the COPRI Ports & Harbors Student & Young Professionals Task Committee. *Registrants must enter their age during registration to be eligible for the giveaway.           

Location: Dukes Beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
Date: Monday September 19th
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $50

Young Professionals Happy Hour – Monday Evening

All young professionals are invited to this casual Happy Hour! What better way to network amongst your own peers from different parts of the world over great food and drinks! 

Location: Maui Brewing Co. - Waikiki
Date: Monday, September 19th 
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free (limited seating)

Student Paper Competition

The COPRI Ports & Harbors Committee will once again hold the Student Paper Competition for the PORTS ’22 Conference. The winners of the competition will present their papers within the technical program which will take place between September 18–21, 2022, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii. Winners will also have their names and presentation titles listed in the conference program and will be published in the PORTS ’22 Proceedings.

The top four submissions will receive complimentary registration, access to the exhibit hall, as well as travel and hotel costs compensated up to $1,200 to attend the conference. The top three papers will be awarded a cash prize. Final scoring for the paper competition will be based on both the paper content and the delivered presentation.

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