Join your counterparts, customers and colleagues from 50 seaports from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America in one place over three days.


Impact Sessions & panels

Covering 7 impactful tracks over 3 days providing critical insight and information from leading ports, industry and government experts. 

Solutions Exhibition


Student Poster Contest

Undergraduate and graduate-level students contribute to the research in the port and maritime domains, gain professional recognition and build a network of like-minded colleagues and mentors.

Port of Houston Tour

90-minute round trip tour of the port and the Houston Ship Channel aboard the M/V Sam Houston. Learn about the port’s history, port operations, and the region’s maritime industry

Welcome to the 4th Annual Port of the Future Conference

The 2023 Port of the Future ConferenceTM will address the urgent and emerging  issues facing ports of entry, regulators, and associated industries. 

This year’s Conference seeks to bring the leaders of 50 seaports from the United States and Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America to Houston  – to apply their vast accumulated knowledge and experiences to address the port and maritime industries’ most pressing challenges, formulate viable solutions, and highlight best practices. 

Featuring keynote presentations, case studies, panel, interviews, and breakout discussions, the fourth annual Port of the Future ConferenceTM is a must-attend event for Port Executives in 2023. 

The 2023 Port of the Future ConferenceTM  is shaped by research and innovation, advances in technology, increased dependence on automation, enhancements in data security and information sharing, and heightened environmental compliance – all impacting the ability to move cargo and people rapidly and securely across international borders.

This conference, now in its fourth year, focuses on creating and revitalizing our Nation’s seaports, infrastructure, and processes – across maritime, air, land, and cyber domains. 

Participants will hear from industry leaders, government agency executives, and prominent researchers on their visions for Ports of the Future, projected trends and emerging challenges, promising research, and new, innovative technology.

The Port of the Future ConferenceTM is hosted by the University of Houston College of Technology and the Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute, a United States Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.


Poised for Growth

2021 Virtual Event

  • 800+ Registrants
  • 175 Speakers
  • 20 Sponsors and Partners

2022 In Person Event

  • 400+ Registrants
  • 60+ Speakers
  • 20 Sponsors and Partners


7 Impactful Tracks

  • AI and Automated Port of the Future
  • Digitalization and Information Sharing
  • Decarbonization and Alternate Fuels
  • Port Energy and Sustainability
  • Intermodal Connectivity
  • Port and Maritime Cybersecurity
  • Port Security


In 2023, we expect the Port of the Future ConferenceTM to grow significantly in size. The Conference is pleased to announce  strategic partnerships with:

  • The International Port Community Systems (IPCSA) Association; and
  • The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States whose influence will help extend the Conference’s outreach in Central and South America; and
  • The International Propeller Club.

Just a sample of our 2022 Attendees

  • ABS Group
  • American Association of Port Authorities
  • American Public University System
  • Aramco Americas
  • Aransas Terminal Company
  • Arizona State University
  • Autonomy Institute
  • Bay Houston Towing
  • Blue Sky Maritime Coalition
  • BP
  • BTI Institute
  • Canal Barge Company
  • Canaveral Port Authority
  • CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric
  • Consulate General of Canada
  • Consulate of the Republic of Croatia
  • Cross Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense
  • Cross-border Research Association
  • Crowley
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Dow
  • Duke Energy
  • ExxonMobil
  • FuelTrust
  • Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers
  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Greater Houston Port Bureau
  • Gulf Winds International
  • Hamburg Port Consulting
  • Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG
  • Houston Pilots
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • Huntsman
  • Innovation Norway
  • Institute for Homeland Security
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)
  • Intercontinental Terminals Company
  • International Port Community Systems Association
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Kirby Corporation
  • Kongsberg Maritime
  • Lamar University
  • Launch Alaska
  • Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise
  • Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development
  • Maryland Port Administration
  • Mississippi State Port Authority
  • Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Oceans & Applications Research Center
  • National Security Innovation Network
  • Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Norwegian Honorary Consulate – San Juan
  • NxtPort International
  • Oil & Natural Gas Information Sharing & Analysis Center
  • Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Petro-Nav
  • Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District
  • Port Freeport
  • Port Houston
  • Port of Antwerp
  • Port of Beaumont
  • Port of Corpus Christi
  • Port of Corpus Christi Authority
  • Port of Galveston
  • Port of Houston Authority
  • Port of New Orleans
  • Port of Newcastle
  • Port of Port Arthur
  • Port of Virginia
  • Port of Virginia
  • Port Technology
  • Porto do Acu
  • PortXchange
  • Royal Caribbean Group
  • Royal Norwegian Consulate General
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy
  • SAAM Ports
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Jacinto College
  • Scottish Development International
  • Shell Energy North America
  • Shell Shipping & Maritime
  • Shell Trading
  • Southern Cargo Handling
  • Stanford Unviersity
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stolt-Nielsen
  • Sunburst Truck Lines
  • Tampa Port Authority
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Commercial Airports Association
  • Texas Dept. of Transportation
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Transportation Security Administration
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • University of Calgary
  • University of of Houston
  • University of Texas
  • Ursa Space Systems
  • US Army Engineer Research & Development Center
  • Virginia Maritime Association
  • Wartsila
  • West Gulf Maritime Association