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
Vilnius Municipality

- Konstitucijos pr. 3, LT-09601 Vilnius, 1 floor -


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 Municipality

 09:00 – 09:30     Welcome and registration

 09:30 – 10:00     Openning session
                              Povilas Poderskis, City of Vilnius
                              Antanas Čenys, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

 10:00 – 10:20     DREAM Smart Cities objectives and programme
                              Marcos António Nogueira, IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution

 10:20 – 10:40     Vilnius Smart City, view from industry and technology
                              Rolandas Urbonas, Lithuanian Energy Institute

 10:40 – 11:00     Coffee break

 11:00 – 11:15     Smart and Real Vilnius: From Challenges to Solutions
                              Gintaras Stauskis, VGTU - Department of Architecture

 11:15 – 11:30     Energy efficient, Smart & Knowledge Based Urban Community
                              Kestutis Valancius, VGTU - Department of Building Energetics

 11:30 – 11:45     The Evaluation and usage of municipal waste incineration bottom ash in the Civil Engineering
                              Saulius Vasarevičius, VGTU - Department of Environmental Protection

 11:45 – 12:50     Discussion and pitches session

 12:50 – 13:00     Final remarks and closure


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.

Gintaras Stauskis

He is the Head of the Lithuanian cluster responsible for carrying out the R&D&I activities. G. Stauskis is a Doctor of Humanities in Architecture, Professor at the Department of Architecture at VGTU with research and management skills in design of built environment and industrial products. He has long and successful record in leading the research projects under different EU programmes.
Gintaras Stauskis is managing the Green Building Council activities in Lithuania with training, certification and lobbying processes to impact transformation of the construction and product’s market towards sustainable development and green economy. G. Stauskis has a long and successful experience of collaborative research and demonstration projects in the EU. Activities within the project: EV interior design, user’s interface, project management.

Kestutis Valancius

He is assoc. prof. dr. in the Department of Building Energetics at VGTU. His specific fields of expertise include Energy efficiency evaluation and optimization of building thermal services, Building energy consumption monitoring; Energy efficient building energy management.
K. Valančius has experience participating in participating in several EU projects from which the most relevant were: Sustainable Energy Buildings, Energy Research to Innovation: Reinforcing cooperation with ENP countries on bridging the gap between energy research and energy innovation, ENER2i and Sustainable Production of storage technologies, SusPIRE.

Konstantinas Pečiulis

Konstantinas holds a Master’s degree International and European public law and during his professional career in both public and private sector has worked on a number of large scale international projects related to new innovative solutions for the public sector.
Currently Konstantinas is heading the Projects Department at the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists.

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.

Mindaugas Danys

Mindaugas Danys holds a Master degree of Public administration and during his professional career of nearly 20 years in private and public sectors has been engaged in shaping and implementing economic development, SME promotion and social innovation policies in Lithuania.
He was managing SME department at the Ministry of Economy in Lithuania in 2012-2014. 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, sustainability, tactical urbanism, open data, startups and urban gardening.

Povilas Poderskis

CEO of Vilnius Municipality administration.
Director and co-founder of Kompiuteriukų paramos fondas, studied Electronics and Telecommunication in Kaunas University Tecnhology.

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.

Saulius Vasarevičius

Professor, Head (from 2014) at the Department of Environmental Protection, Faculty of Environmental Engineering. Expert on waste management in the international and national projects (sustainable recovery of materials from waste, evaluation of waste flows, evaluation the impact on environment, evaluation of waste as secondary row materials etc.).
He has published more than 100 research papers, supervisor of 5 defended PhD thesis. His research areas of interest is waste management, waste prevention, and environmental technologies.


Vilma Purienė

Vilma Purienė is a Head of Knowledge and technology transfer centre at VGTU. She has extensive experience in national and international project management. She was a project manager of “New financing scheme: Innovation Voucher” (2010–2012); “Green Innovation Programme” (2012–2014); and Co-leader of the flagship project under EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy “BSR Stars Programme” (10 countries, programme for innovation, clusters & SMEs networks, 2012–2014); Coleader, Communication WP in “StarDust” project (10 countries, 32 partners & 33 assoc. partners, 2011-2014).
She is an Innovation policy expert and participated in the design and implementation of EU and national (State) research and innovation policy. She worked for more than 8 years in the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania and was responsible for the State Innovation policy formation. Areas of expertise: demand driven innovation policy, IPR, commercialization, science & business cooperation, clusters, innovative SMEs and innovation support infrastructure policies.

Knowledge and Technology Transfer Centre

Paula Peiró

Paula Peiró García has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration by the University of Valencia. Paula works since 2013 in IrRADIARE in collaboration with ISG University, Lisbon, in the international department as Project developer in European funding programs like H2020, Interreg and Erasmus + among others.
She participated in a TEMPUS project “Inter-university Start-up centers for students’ innovations development & promotion” and FABLAB “University-business-industry networking on fablab platforms”. Paula Peiró is operating as project developer for DREAM.

IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution


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.