Aveiro Tech City Challenges

The initiative Aveiro Tech City has one of its main goals to assume the city of Aveiro as a living laboratory, promoting the use of the Aveiro Tech City Living Lab - only laboratory in Portugal with an operational 5G network in the urban center of a City - to support and promote innovative projects in the fields of ​​Smart Cities, Internet of Things, Mobility, Environment, Sustainability, Energy, Waste, Tourism, Industry 4.0, Health and Defense.

It is also intended to attract to Aveiro the most innovative and disruptive projects, developed by companies, R&D centers or higher education institutions, which will allow us to have a vision of what future cities will be like.

In this context, the program “Aveiro Tech City Challenges” aims to give the opportunity to companies and R&D centers to develop and test innovative solutions and products, in a real environment, in the area of ​​Smart Cities and the Internet of Things.

The prizes amount to 20,000.00 euros per winner, in addition to monetary support for participation. The 2nd Edition will elect a total of 5 finalists.



The programme is addressed to three types of beneficiaries:

  • Startups.
  • Scaleups.
  • R&D Institutions.


Categories and Challenges

Aveiro Tech City Challenges fall under the following two categories:

a)      Urban Challenges – are presented three challenges, with different themes and objectives:

  • Urban Challenge #1 – Surveillance Drone Platform: System for automatic detection of waste and residues, through the use of Drones.
  • Urban Challenge #2 – Digital Construction Book: Implementation of a digital construction book that supports the municipality’s servisse of private constructios inspections and supervision.
  • Urban Challenge #3 – Integrated Management of Sports Insfrastructures: Integrated and shared management of IE (sports) that allow the sharing of resources between entities, communication, and use by the public.

b)       Aveiro Tech City Living Lab - it is intended to select 2 projects that take advantage of the existing infrastructure in Aveiro (see Resources - Aveiro Tech City Living Lab) and that intend to develop projects in the area of Smart Cities and Internet of Things.


Schedule and Stages

Aveiro Tech City Challenges will be implemented with the following timeline:

  • 31st of March to 31st of May 2023: Application submission period.
  • 1st to 9th of June 2023: Pre-Selection Period of Semi-finalist projects.
  • 12th of June 2023: Announcement of 25 projects to participate in Aveiro Tech City Pitch.
  • 17th of June 2023Aveiro Tech City Pitch | Selection and Announcement of 5 finalist projects.
  • 22nd of June 2023: Kick-off Event.
  • 23rd of June to 22nd of September 2023: Development and Trial stage.
  • 22nd of September 2023: Progress Report delivery including a proposal of demo and presentation of the solution during Aveiro Tech Week 2023.
  • 2nd to 7th of October 2023: Demodays @ Aveiro Tech Week 2023.
  • 6th or 7th of October 2023: Final Pitch.
  • 23rd of September to 22nd of December 2023: Final Tests and Conclusion of the challenges.
  • 22nd of December 2023: Delivery of the final report.

Over the past years Aveiro Municipality has promoted two editions of Aveiro 5G Challenges. Get to know the winners of 2020 edition here and 2021 here. Also during that  period, two editions of Aveiro Urban Challenges were promoted.