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.