Smarthaton'17: a co-creation challenge for new ideas,
solutions, models for Smart Cities’ projects

Launching event: June, 7th, 2017
Lisbon, NOVA IMS Campolide Campus


The SMARTATHON'17 is a challenge aimed at fostering a co-creation community that may work with cities to address key-challenges such as: climate, energy, data, housing, (urban) space, water, wastes, mobility, work, and people and communities centric urban life.

The Smart City paradigm is challenging cities about procuring new ICT-based solutions to improve sustainability, climate responsibility, light, environment, knowledge and science in urban policies, quality of living and so extracting value from data.

The DREAM SmartCity project, contextual to SMARTATHON’17, is looking for new visions, models, solutions and paradigms to respond to those challenges. Better if responses are co-created under a collaborative environment where diverse approaches are brought together. This is what this co-creation challenge, SMARTATHON’17, is about.

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Areas for co-creation of smart cities solutions, concepts, visions, businesses, projects and ventures responding to urban challenges.

  • Energy

    This co-creation area is aimed at the promoting integrated and scalable energy solutions and targeting 100% renewables off-set, with a specific focus on local renewable energies and energy efficiency measures, smart grids, energy storage and on the spread of green power procurement, electric mobility and intelligent charging stations.

  • Space

    The main objective of this co-creation area is providing cities with ICT solutions to support public realm regeneration, urban management efficiency, development of multiple functions and activities using public space, coordination with greener, healthier and safer mobility solutions and enhanced urban spaces liveability.

  • Climate

    This topic relates to supporting urban strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emission, incrementing the use of local supply, supporting local utilities, sustaining new climate-friendly business models, integrating climate changed adapted solutions into new urban liveability models and promoting overall resilience of cities and communities.

  • Water

    The aim of this co-creation area is to develop ICT solutions to support smart water management solutions such as monitoring and control on pollution, real-time water consumptions monitoring, efficient and sustainable use of the resources and new water primary and secondary uses along the urban water cycle.

  • Light

    The aim of this co-creation area is to support deployment of innovative street light solutions that help cities to be more efficiently illuminated, to reduce costs, save energy, simplify maintenance and move towards service-based business models, automated control of street lighting diming and colour and green energy supply.

  • Knowledge

    The core of this co-creation area is to adopt a city-centric approach to digital information systems in order to generate data-driven innovative knowledge, namely through modelling, aimed at improving decision making processes, policy making, citizens participation, innovation and urban competitiveness.

  • Mobility

    This co-creation area is aimed at implementing fully adaptive, citizen driven and demand-side oriented, urban mobility and transportation integrated solutions, developing opportunities for more enhanced use of the city and facilitated access to urban services and spaces.

  • Data (ICT)

    This co-creation area is related to supporting city investments regarding the adoption of a large ICT solutions, including urban e-platforms which may serve citizens, engage business and support decision-making process as well as helping citizens’ access to government services. Also, this co-creation area involves the development of urban platform interfaces for urban services, infrastructures, facilities companies and collaborative citizens platforms as well as ICT solutions for urban health, safety, environment, sustainability, security, protection and care.

  • Work

    This co-creation area is aimed at implementing an environment for the creation of new business initiatives in the cities, promoting incubation of innovative solutions, supporting an entrepreneurial attitude among citizens, and supporting development of new co-working space clusters.

  • Housing

    This co-creation area is aimed at supporting innovative concepts of urban housing, towards a more inclusive and cohesive sense of community, a more efficient use of energy, water and construction processes, improved interconnection and interoperability environments for domestic consumers and prosumers, and a urban sustainability oriented relationship between housing and public space.

  • Waste

    This co-creation area focus on smart urban waste management systems, processes and solutions implementation, namely by promoting sustainable, automated, clean solutions for urban waste management cycle, adopting a sustainable waste management policy by engaging citizens and providing them with all necessary information, rising awareness into recycling, reusing and reducing waste measures.

  • People

    This co-creation area’s objective is to involve citizens in different areas of urban governance and so contribute to build an inclusive, engaged and empowered community, to improve urban level decision making, to easy access to public services, and to facilitate acceptance of new technologies and solutions and so improving urban competitiveness.

  • Co-create


The SMARTATHON’17 Challenge's develops as follows – main dates:

Challenge launching session, and first jury and mentors meeting June 7th 15.00 to 17.00
SMARTATHON’17 participating teams' first mutual presentation June 21st 16.30 to 17.30 Guimarães and virtual
DREAM Smart Cities co-creation challenges clustering session October 13th 12.00 to 13.00 (CET) Brussels and virtual
SMARTATHON’17 Challenge's projects final submission November 30th 17.00 (CET) On-line

The SMARTATHON’17 Challenge develops as follows – phases and milestones:

Starting Launching session – ZOOM event

Phase 1 Mutual presentation of participating teams

Phase 2 Smart City Co-Creation SMARTATHON’17 Challenge's contextual presentation

Phase 3 Distribution of materials and access to the Smart City SMARTATHON’17 Challenge platform

Phase 4 Collaborative session I (smart vision)

Milestone 1 Video micro-pitch and electronic voting

Phase 5 Collaborative session II (transformative concept)

Milestone 2 Video presentation and electronic voting

Phase 6 Collaborative session III (impact, to the city of the future)

Milestone 3 Debate and open voting

Phase 7 Open crowdworking

Phase 8 Collaborative session IV (urban value)

Milestone 4 Presentation and electronic voting

Phase 9 Co-creation session (Projects aggregation)

Milestone 5 Full presentation (Smart City Co-creation Challenge projects presentation)

Phase 10 Co-evaluation session

Milestone 6 SMARTATHON’17 award nomination (three awards)

Phase 11 Reporting and documentation session

Phase 12 Project submission

Milestone 7 Jury final evaluation session

Phase 13 Winning teams selection

Final SMARTATHON’17 Award ceremony


Manuel Vieira Lopes

Criador e detentor de vários direitos internacionais de propriedade intelectual e industrial - Tecnologia Casas em Movimento patenteada em 77 países; Autor e coordenador de “smart structures for the smart cities”; Consultor de arquitetura da FAUP;
Investigador e coordenador do projeto “cem | solar Decathlon Europe”; Coordenador/ colaborador da exposição CEDRIC PRICE’S GENERATOR and the Frazers’collection realizada na Faculdade de Arquitetura em 2008; Coordenador de equipa de projeto em Gabinete de Arquitetura (2003 a 2010) participação em diversos projetos de edifícios habitacionais, industriais, serviços, hotelaria, comércio e religiosos.

Paulo Novais

Paulo Novais is an Associate Professor with Habilitation of Computer Science at the Department of Informatics, in the School of Engineering of the University of Minho (Portugal) and a researcher at the ALGORITMI Centre in which he is the coordinator of the research group ISlab - Synthetic Intelligence.
His main research aim is to make systems a little more smart, intelligent and also reliable. He is the co-author of over 300 book chapters, journal papers, conference and workshop papers and books. He is the president of APPIA (the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence) for 2016/2017.

Álvaro Lopes Dias

Full professor in marketing, strategy and branding. PhD in marketing, MsC Strategy, Post graduate in E-business, MBA in International Management, Management Degree. Master and Phd coordinator. Several international research and development programs.
Management consultant since 1995, working with several institutional organizations (IAPMEI, AIP, AEP, Economy Ministery, AERLIS) and private firms. Author of 17 technic books in management, marketing and strategy. More than 20 peer reviewed papers.

Georg Dutschke

Doutorado em Ciências Empresariais pela Universidade de Sevilha, com registo da tese em Portugal na Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. É professor e investigador em universidades portuguesas e espanholas. Possui uma vasta experiência como gestor de empresas, tendo ocupado diversos cargos de cargos de gestão e direção em empresas multinacionais e portuguesas.
Atualmente, além de docente universitário, é consultor para a industria farmacêutica e Partner do projecto Happiness Works, que mede o nível de felicidade organizacional, e tem como parceiros a Universidade Atlântica, Lukap, Revista Exame e Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Pessoas.

José Damião

Business Designer, is Director of Madan Parque Incubator (NOVA FCT), Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IADE and NOVA FCT), and Executive Director of “Bolsa do Empreendedorismo” a program from the Representation of the European Commission in Portugal.
Holds a degree in Economics from Universidade de Coimbra, a Master's degree in Marketing from ISCTE, graduated in Innovation from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and attend a PhD in Industrial Engineering at NOVA FCT. Collaborator of several entrepreneurial projects in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Carlos Laia

Mechanical engineer having more than 25 years' experience in the fields of energy efficiency and RES (Renewable Energy Sources). Currently, he is managing partner of CEEETA-ECO, a Portuguese SME focused in consultancy in energy maters. He has being involved in many national and European projects including acting as an expert for "ManagEnergy", under the energy efficiency scope, and "THERMIE" Programmes of the European Commission.
Previously he has been technical director at Vivapower, project manager at CEEETA, director of the Almada Local Energy Agency (AGENEAL) and deputy director at the National Energy Agency (former CCE, now ADENE).

Bruno Oliveira

Bruno Oliveira (M) is Head of the Information Systems Division since December 2010. He completed Degree in Management Computer in 2003 at the University of Minho. It is responsable for the technical coordination of ICT components in various areas of municipal intervention, namely Administrative Modernisation, quality management and certification, public procurement electronics, several intermunicipal projects and national with particular emphasis on the AveDigital, Municipal Simplex and more recently implementation of Citizen Space in 17 parishes of the municipality.
It is also part of the working group assigned to manage the participation in project proposals with European funding (Horizon 2020) and national (Portugal 2020 and NSRF).

Miguel de Castro Neto

Miguel de Castro Neto is Assistant Professor and Associate Dean at NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS) where he is President of the Pedagogical Council and Coordinator of the Post-Graduation in Smart Cities. He was Secretary of State of Spatial Planning and Nature Conservation in the XIX and XX Portuguese Government. Smart Cities Personality of the Year (Green Business Week 2017 / Fundação AIP).
Presently he is President of the Portuguese Engineers Professional Association Agronomy College, coordinator of the Group Cities and Spatial Planning in the think tank Sustainable Growth Platform and President of the Festival Terras Sem Sombra Curators Board. He is founding-partner of the company Agriciência, Consultores de Engenharia, Lda. He develops his research and teaching in the field of Business Intelligence and Smart Cities.

Hália Costa Santos

Doutorada em Mass Communications pela Leicester University (UK), iniciou a sua carreira como jornalista na Rádio Press e continuou no jornal Público. Em 2001 iniciou a sua carreira académica no Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (IPT) que, numa fase inicial, conciliou com a assessoria de imprensa do então ministro da Educação.
Entretanto assumiu a direção da Licenciatura em Comunicação Social da Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Abrantes (ESTA), do IPT. Foi diretora do Jornal de Abrantes e atualmente é cronista do

Ilidio Mestre

Licenciatura em Engenharia Mecânica; Mestrado em Ciências Económicas e Empresarias; Especialização em Engenharia de Organização Industrial, Universidade de Sevilha; Docente dos cursos de Licenciatura e de Mestrado da Universidade do Algarve / Instituto Superior de Engenharia;
Diretor do Instituto Superior de Engenharia / Univ. Algarve; Diretor do Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica do ISE; Participação em diversos projetos de extensão / TT da UALg; incluindo pivot científico de projectos financiados pelo programa CRESC Algarve 2020; Consultor em planeamento de sistemas de transporte (analise de viabilidade técnico-economica).

Alexandre Almeida

Alexandre Passos de Almeida obtained his PhD in Telecommunications and Information Systems, in 2012. He is a member of IEEE since 1997. His scientific interests are Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, Wireless Sensor Networks, Audio Signal Processing and Big Data.
Currently he works as an Aux. Prof. at ISCTE-IUL where he teaches courses on Computer Architecture and Electronics Circuits. In 2016 he received the first prize attributed by the School of Technology and Architecture for pedagogical work. He has also worked in the industry, both in Europe (CNET - The Centre national d'études des télécommunications, Grenoble, France and Mead-Microelectronics, Lausanne, Switzerland) and the U.S.A. (Rockwell Semiconductors, Newport Beach, California).


The three SMARTATHON’17 Challenge winner-team nominees will be awarded with a registration to ZOOM Smart City event. The SMARTATHON’17 winner team’s academy will be partner associated to DREAM Smart City project, conditioned to H2020-SCC01-2018 funding to the winning proposal implementation in Guimarães. Additional prizes are directly awarded by sponsoring companies.


This Smartathon is currently open for registration for 2-3 members teams representing Universities or Higher Education Institutions. To each team, a mentor jury member is designated. The mentor represents the participating team and institution in jury meetings.
Send us your expression of interest for participating on the SMARTATHON'17. The expression of interest should include: (1) Name and email contact of each team member; (2) University or higher education institution; (3) Faculty and course or degree, in case of students; research group or lab in other cases; (4) Area of interest, among the 12 challenge areas; (5) One sentence about Smart Cities (mandatory); (6) One abstract (1000 chars) about an academic project for development with a DREAM consortium city – Guimarães, Vilnius, Thessaloniki, Weimar, Salamanca, Dundee, Timisoara, Kharkiv (optional).



The SMARTATHON’17 launching event is hosted by ZOOM Smart Cities event and will be held at NOVA IMS Campolide Campus. The event locations are on campus’ map. On the map, the event rooms and timings are indicated.