The fourth edition of SmartCatalonia Challenge seeks to improve the operations of Port de Barcelona with innovative solutions


The challenges detected at the harbor and the dynamics of the competition will be presented at the Port de Barcelona auditorium on March 18th

The SmartCatalonia Challenge competition, promoted by the Ministry of Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and the Digital Society of the Catalan Government, continues to foster open innovation in Catalonia, this year with the collaboration of Port de Barcelona.

This edition aims to involve start-ups and SMEs in solving the main challenges of the harbor ecosystem through services and technological solutions.

On March 18th, a presentation will be held at the World Trade Center Barcelona, where the competition rules and the challenges identified in different areas of activity of the Port will be announced. The session is free and it is open to all those people and entities interested in the initiative.

Those responsible for the different departments of the Port of Barcelona will explain in detail the needs that they wish to solve so that the participants can offer the best solution. The welcome addresses will be delivered by Mrs. Mercè Conesa, President of the Port de Barcelona and the Hon. Mr. Jordi Puigneró, Minister for Digital Policy and Public Administration

Once the presentation is finished, there will be a time for queries by the public and a coffee break to exchange impressions in a more casual way.

Mobility, 3D maps, data analysis or real notifications

The present edition of SmartCatalonia Challenge seeks to optimize the management in a diversity of situations inside the harbor thanks to mobile applications, Big Data, IoT and other advanced technologies. Challenges have been detected in the following areas:

  • Real time occupancy monitoring
  • Mobility in cruises and ferries
  • Usage and applications of the Port’s 3D map
  • Aquatic drone for bathymetry and state of docks and piers
  • Automatic measure of volume and weight
  • Network of sensors to check marine pollution

The deadline to present proposals for the competition is June 7th. Once received, a jury of specialist will pre-select the 10 best solutions or technological products.

The winners will be chosen from these 10 finalists and will have the opportunity to receive monetary prizes worth 10.000 € and to carry out pilot tests at the Port de Barcelona.

Those interested in participating in the competition with a viable solution or prototype can register at the official website.