Big Data + Smart Brains + Creativity = Big Smart Creative Solutions


It all started in 2015, in Porto, by getting the tech community together to create interesting technological solutions and ignite a co-creation mindset. In 2016 we challenged cities all over the world, with the support of OASC initiative (Open and Agile Smart Cities) to work together as a first attempt to implement an integrated approach of the use of data for the creation of innovative city solutions. This year we will offer a new challenge, with details soon to be revealed.


The FIWARE Platform provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors, whose specifications are public and royalty-free. Besides not costing money when acquired, these software modules and components are quicker to adapt to changes in the marketplace and allow the developers to use the same pieces of technology in their software architecture while designing and implementing for different domains.


Fernando Benitez
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Kiev Gama
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Rafael Pires
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Ricardo Vitorino
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Paulo Calçada
Margarida Campolargo


Joana Leite


Diogo Sampaio
Hernani Santos
Ricardo Vitorino
Roque Souza
Rui A. Costa


    Fernando Benitez is a researcher at the Geospatial Technologies Research Group (GeoTec) in Jaume I University-Spain, P.hD. Candidate at GEO-C: Enabling Open Cities European project which research topic is the improving of usability and discoverability of open data in cities, he is also an assistant professor at Del Valle University-Colombia. Cadastral and Geodetic Engineer at Francisco José de Caldas District University in Bogota–Colombia, He was the head of a geographical innovation team and development program Manager in Esri Colombia creating geographic applications.
His primary interests are Open Data, GIS, development of native/web applications and spatial analysis.


    Kiev Gama received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Grenoble (France) in 2011. He is an assistant professor at the Center of Informatics of Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (CIn-UFPE) and a researcher of the Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology for Software Engineering (INES). With an academic background in Software Engineering and Distributed Systems, his current research efforts are applying those in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities.

Gama’s current research is focused on topics such as realtime data stream processing, the Web of Things and the dynamics of civic hacking. 


    After some years working as a software engineer consultant, supporting organisations like BPI and SAGE, Rafael dedicated all his time to entrepreneurship and innovation with Startup Pirates and PortugalStartups.com. He was also a contributor in the creation and growth of initiatives like Startup Braga Acceleration program and ScaleUp Porto.

Nowadays, Rafael also leads Sonae’s (BIT) technological experimentation program.


   Ricardo Vitorino, is the R&I Manager at Ubiwhere. Ricardo holds an MSc. Degree in Computer Science from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He started working in 2011, in a three-year nationally funded project in the Smart Cities and Mobility area, where he helped creating an open-data platform for urban mobility called One.Stop.Transport (OST). Since then, he has worked on projects related to the smart cities context and had some experience with FIWARE technology, mainly in the FIWARE Lisbon pilot, where he helped publishing data from OST into CKAN, FIWARE’s open data portal.

He joined Ubiwhere in early 2015 to work on its Smart Cities solutions (Citibrain), mainly the backend services (REST APIs) regarding mobility. He has also cooperated in the development of the “Porto as a FIWARE-enabled city” project, by deploying FIWARE technology for the city of Porto and cooperating to the process of publishing real-time environment and traffic data, from the city council infrastructure in the FIWARE node. Ricardo is at the moment the responsible for the technical team behind Citibrain’s software solutions.