Smartathon'18: a co-creation challenge for innovative ideas, solutions, technologies and models for DREAM proposal under Smart Cities programme
Expression of interest

January 9th, 2018
Platform of Arts, Guimarães

- Conference Room -

April 16th, 2018   |   June 08th, 2018   |   October 12th, 2018


The SMARTATHON’18 is a challenge aimed at fostering co-creation to address Smart City 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 opening new opportunities for cities. Science, knowledge, data-driven innovation are critical to build-up climate friendly, environment responsible, socially valuable, citizencentric smart solutions. New challenges to design, create, procure and integrate smart city solutions are emerging – the present cocreation action contributes to address those solutions.

Guimarães DREAM Smart City programme, contextual to SMARTATHON’18, is looking for new visions, models, solutions, technologies and paradigms to respond to those challenges. A collaborative environment where diverse approaches are brought together is critical to development a Smart City oriented co-creation process. SMARTATHON’18, is about generating a co-creation collaborative environment.

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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


 January 9th 2018, Guimarães

 09:30 – 10:00     Registration

 10:00 – 10:15     Welcome session     Ricardo Costa, Municipality of Guimarães

 10:15 – 10:45     DREAM Smart cities for all     Marcos António Nogueira, IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution

 10:45 – 11:15     Coffee Break

 11:15 – 11:30     InfoSec Challenges in Smart Cities     Henrique Santos, University of Minho

 11:30 – 11:45     Get Ready! Happy Smart Cities: We can     Paulo Novais, University of Minho

 11:45 – 11:55     João Moutinho, Center for Computer Graphics

 11:55 – 12:05     Rui Alves, R&D Nester

 12:05 – 12:15     Marciele Berger Bernardes, University of Minho Student

 12:15 – 12:25     Sérgio Bruno Costa, Simbiente

 12:25 – 12:35     Ricardo Santos, LabSecIoT

 12:35 – 12:45     Carlos Neves, Entrepreneur

 12:45 – 13:00     Debate and wrap-up


Ricardo Jorge Castro Ribeiro da Costa

Currently councillor of Municipality of Guimarães, since 2013. Areas of responsibility: finance, heritage, economic development, administrative modernization and quality, information systems, surveillance, municipal police and sports. BA in Philosophy and Enterprise Development at the Catholic University. Postgraduate in Finance and Taxation (Faculty of Economics, University of Porto).
MBA in General Management Companies (EUDEM - School of Spanish Business). Was manager at Banco BPI, having previously played roles in the Portuguese Business Bank, Banco Internacional de Crédito and Banco Espírito Santo, having joined the Millenium BCP 20 years. Is Chairman of the Board of Taipas Turitermas and President of the Social Center Padre Manuel Joaquim Sousa - IPS.

Paulo Novais

Paulo Novais is an Associate Professor of the IT department and an investigator in the ALGORITMI center of Minho University. His main goal of investigation is to design (more) intelligent, reliable and sensitive systems. He is also the coauthor of more than 350 scientific articles published in international magazines, conferences and books. He is the President of APPIA, the Portuguese association for artificial inteligence, since 2016.
Coordinator of the Scientific Comission of the Scholarships Programme of Gulbenkian, New talents in artificial inteligence. It also works as an expert for the European Comission, Foundation for Science and Technology, National innovation agency, among other entities.

Henrique Manuel Dinis dos Santos

He has been Associate Professor at the Universidade do Minho. He works in the area of Electro technical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Among his activities, it highlight out for its contribution for more information on the technologies of information and communication.
The topics of research where Henrique works are: Security in Information Systems, biometric technologies in authentication, detection of Intrusions in Computer Networks and information technologies for teaching.

Marcos António Nogueira

Master in Mechanical Engineering, Energy. As a researcher in the field of mathematical modeling, was the author of a substantial number of publications and systems used by international industry groups. As a consultant, support the development of a significant number of public, national, local and regional entities with special emphasis on innovative models, programs and platforms for cities and regions.
Managing partner, IrRADIARE Science for Evolution.


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.

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).

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.

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).

Georg Dutschke

PhD in Business Sciences from the University of Seville, with thesis registered in Portugal at the Faculty of Economics of the New University of Lisbon. He is a professor and researcher at Portuguese and Spanish universities. He has extensive experience as a business manager, having held various management positions in multinational and Portuguese companies.
Currently, besides being a professor, he is a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and a partner of the Happiness Works project, which measures the level of organizational happiness, and has as partners the Atlântica University, Lukap, Exame Magazine and the Portuguese Association of People Management.

Hália Costa Santos

PhD in Mass Communications from Leicester University (UK), she began her career as a journalist on Radio Press and continued in the Público newspaper. In 2001 she began the academic career at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (IPT), which, at an early stage, reconciled with the press office of the then Minister of Education. In the meantime, she assumed the direction of the Degree in Social Communication of the Superior School of Technology of Abrantes (ESTA), of the IPT. She was director of the Jornal de Abrantes and is currently a chronicler of

Ilidio Mestre

Degree in Mechanical Engineering; Master in Economic and Business Sciences; Specialization in Industrial Organization Engineering, University of Seville; Teacher at the University of Algarve / Institute of Engineering;
Director of the Superior Institute of Engineering / Univ. Algarve; Director of the Mechanical Engineering Department of ISE; Participation in several UALg extension / TT projects; including scientific pivot of projects funded by the CRESC Algarve 2020 program; Consultant in transportation systems planning (technical-economic viability analysis).

João Tremoceiro

Degree in Biophysical Engineering from the University of Évora and Post-Graduation in Territorial Planning and Management of Water Resources by Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa. Currently, João Tremoceiro works as Coordinator of the Open Data Policy of Lisbon and as Coordinator of the Mission Team for the Development of the Lisbon Integrated Operational Center at Lisbon City Hall.
He was involved in the revitalization of the Monsanto Forest Park and the Ecological Park project, as head of the Matas division at Lisbon City Hall. He was director of the Chelas Project Unit, the Project Unit that manages the Viver Marvila Program. He was also Municipal Director of the Territorial Coordination Unit, also at Lisbon City Hall.

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.

Manuel Vieira Lopes

Creator and holder of several international intellectual and industrial property rights - Casas em Movimento Technology patented in 77 countries; Author and coordinator of "smart structures for smart cities"; Architectural consultant of FAUP;
Researcher and coordinator of the project "one hundred | solar Decathlon Europe "; Coordinator / collaborator of the exhibition CEDRIC PRICE'S GENERATOR and the Frazers'collection held at the Faculty of Architecture in 2008; Coordinator of project team in Architecture Office (2003 to 2010) and participation in several projects of residential, industrial, services, hotel, commerce and religious buildings.

Ricardo Machado

Information Technology Specialist with more than 15 years of experience, degree in Electronics and Computer Science from Universidade Lusíada and a postgraduate degree in Management from Universidade Lusíada. MBA in Innovation, Internationalization and Intelligent Growth from Universidade Lusíada - North.
Actively assumes several roles in the areas of management, entrepreneurship, innovation and associativism, assuming responsibilities as Vice President in numerous business, cultural, sport and social associations.


The SMARTATHON’18 best ideas, according to the Jury’s proposal and Guimarães acceptance, will be associated partner to DREAM Smart City proposal, conditioned to H2020-LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018 funding.


This Smartathon is currently open for participation for 2-3 members teams representing entities with registered Expression of Interest. In case of academic teams of students, a mentor jury member is designated. The mentor represents the participating academic team and institution in jury meetings with supervisor role.
Send us your expression of interest for participating on the SMARTATHON'18. The expression of interest should include: (1) Name and email contact of each team member; (2) Entity; (3) Faculty and course or degree, in case of academic teams of students; (4) Area of interest, among the 12 challenge areas; (5) One sentence about Smart Cities agenda and idea (mandatory); (6) After the SMARTATHON event, one abstract (1000 chars) about a project for development with a DREAM consortium city – Guimarães, Vilnius, Thessaloniki, Weimar, Trieste, Dundee, Timisoara, Kharkiv – is due for evaluation. In case of selection further expanded abstract is due for integration in the Guimarães DREAM Smart City programme and H2020-LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018 proposal.


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