11/13/2020

Finalist announced for Portugal’s biggest technological innovation award

The Altice International Innovation Award, launched in September 2016 to reinforce Portugal's position in the development of technological innovation, has just selected the six finalists of its 4th edition. 3 in the Academia category and 3 in the Start-ups category.

ACADEMIA

  • ARGIS - Augmented Reality for Geographical Information Systems: Mixed reality holographic application for geographic information systems, where the elements under analysis in the field appear in the field of view as 3D holograms.
  • Citymetrics:Development of an artificial intelligence system that, based on data collected through IoT, monitors infrastructure, predicts its future state, and supports decision-making on building maintenance activities.
  • Passive Backscatter Sensors for Internet of Things applications: This project aims to develop a passive sensor that uses a radio frequency to transfer data and another frequency to receive energy that is emitted by transmitters. Its applicability is vast and may range from environmental monitoring to industrial control.

Currently considered the biggest monetary prize for technological innovation in Portugal, the AIIA is once again stands out for its simultaneous connection to academia and start-ups, as well as for the total value of the prizes awarded to its winners. In the case of the winner of the Academia category, the project will receive a monetary prize of € 25,000.

STARTUPS

  • ​AquaInSilico: Development of a digital solution for real-time control and monitoring of performance indicators for wastewater stations. This solution aims to optimize biological treatment processes, in addition to allowing the recovery of critical materials, making waste into new bio-based products.
  • C-mo: the revolutionary cough-monitoring wearable: Development of a wearable that monitors coughs and aims to revolutionize the way diagnoses of diseases in which coughing is a symptom (respiratory and gastroesophageal) are conducted; the way in which the progression of predominantly respiratory conditions (such as asthma, COPD, COVID-19, etc.) and chronic patients is monitored; as well as how the efficiency of the implemented therapies is tested.
  • N9ve.REE+Li: Development of technologies and processes for the removal, concentration and recovery of rare earth resources and lithium from contaminated waters and aqueous solutions, using simple, low cost and environmentally friendly procedures for biosorption in live saline macroalgae.

 

The 1st place in the start-ups category is awarded € 50,000 and the possibility of completing a pilot (proof of concept) with the Altice Group, with a minimum duration of 9 months.

The initiative also, for the 4th consecutive year, counts on partnership with the National Innovation Agency (ANI (NIA)), which will attribute the Born from Knowledge distinction to the finalist project that results from research and development (R&D) activities thus, promoting national scientific and technological knowledge.

On November 18th, the winners of the 4th edition of the Altice International Innovation Award will be announced. In a digital format ceremony and broadcast on SAPO.PT and on the social networks of Altice Portugal and Altice Labs, the winners will be chosen by a Grand Jury made up of national figures: Alexandre Fonseca, Executive President of Altice Portugal; Alcino Lavrador, General Director of Altice Labs; André Veríssimo, Director of Jornal de Negócios; António Bob dos Santos, Administrator of ANI; Daniel Traça, Professor and Dean of Nova SBE; Elvira Fortunato, Vice-Rector of Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Pedro Dominguinhos, President of the Coordinating Council of the Higher Polytechnic Institutes; Pedro Duarte, President of the Strategic Council for the Digital Economy of CIP; Pedro Matias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISQ and Sara do Ó, Founder and CEO of Grupo Your.

The six finalist projects were chosen from more than 100 applications - 116 – which was a record number for AIIA. This initiative reinforces innovation as a strategic priority for Altice Portugal not only for the development of an ecosystem of fundamental partnerships, but also for the country itself, whose economy and competitive capacity depend directly on investment in technological innovation.​

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