The city of Porto (also known as Oporto) is the second largest city in Portugal, the capital of the Northern region and one of the major urban areas in southern Europe.

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Porto has over 250.000 inhabitants and a larger metropolitan with 1.8 million inhabitants.


The historic center of Porto was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1996 and the city of Porto was awarded “European Best Destination” in 2017.  The regional economy is strongly based on traditional sectors industries, combined with a  significant growth of knowledge-intensive service activities. Porto is a centre for research and innovation, with a rapid growing sector of creative and technological industries and the hub of the country’s main exports.


In 2010, the city launched a new strategic plan aimed to support Porto as a knowledge based city, where innovation is paramount.

The strategic priorities are to use ICT, sensing, communications and data to improve municipal services and urban processes; use an intelligent and integrated approach to create entrepreneurship and ICT focused companies; combine data on the municipal level across departments and institutions to enhance transparency and efficiency; invest into organisational development to best manage a smart city.


In recent years the city has developed a dynamic and vibrant innovation ecosystem, with a engagement from stakeholders. It launched 3 main programmes to support the city as an innovation Hub based on civic participation, economic growth and sustainability: Porto Innovation Hub, ScaleUp Porto and Desafios Porto.


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