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

February 9th, 2018
City of Vilnius


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, citizen-centric smart solutions. New challenges to design, create, procure and integrate smart city solutions are emerging – the present co-creation action contributes to address those solutions.

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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


 February 9th 2018, Vilnius

 09:30 – 10:00 Registration and admission

 10:00 – 10:30 Welcome session and reciprocal introduction

 10:30 – 11:00 Vilnius DREAM programme overview

 11:00 – 11:30 Break and networking

 11:30 – 12:30 Presentations and pitches session

 12:30 – 13:00 Discussion

 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

 14:30 – 15:30 Presentations and pitches session

 15:30 – 16:00 Discussion

 16:00 – 16:30 Break and networking

 16:30 – 17:30 Presentations and pitches session

 17:30 – 18:00 Discussion

 18:00 – 18:30 Final remarks and wrap-up


Povilas Poderskis

Currently Advisor to the Mayor of Vilnius City since 2015.
Director and co-founder of Kompiuteriukų paramos fondas, studied Electronics and Telecommunication in Kaunas University Tecnhology.

Antanas Čenys

Vice-Rector for Research at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU).
Head of IT security Lab at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University from 2006 to 2014.

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.


Antanas Čenys

Vice-Rector for Research at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU).
Head of IT security Lab at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University from 2006 to 2014.

Mindaugas Danys

Mindaugas holds a Master or Public administration degree and during his professional career of over 15 years in both private and public sectors has been engaged in shaping and implementing economic development, SME promotion and social innovation policies on regional and national levels in Lithuania. He was managing SME department at the Ministry of Economy in Lithuania in 2012-2014 and was member of two EU working groups: SME envoys and Social Business initiative.
Presently Mindaugas is heading the Project Management Department at the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists. He has been an expert and project manager of multiple EU funded projects. In the context of urban innovation, he has practical experience with shared spaces, public spaces, open data, startups and urban gardening.

Rolandas Urbonas

Dr. Rolandas Urbonas, male, within Lietuvos energetikos institutas since 1997; Deputy Director for Science and International Affairs since 2014. In 2002 he received his Dr. degree in the study field of Energy and Thermal Engineering.
His research experience lies in simulation thermal hydraulic systems, managing national and international projects, organising conferences and events. Participated in H2020, FP7, FP6, national programmes. Since 2014 – Representative from Lithuania for H2020 priority “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy” Programme Committee.

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


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, Trieste, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Timisoara, Kharkiv, Koper – is due for evaluation. In case of selection further expanded abstract is due for integration in the Vilnius DREAM Smart City programme and H2020-LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018 proposal.