Economy and Innovation
Lisboa’s diversified entrepreneurial ecosystem (incubators, start-ups, accelerators, companies, fab labs and creative hubs) has contributed significantly to creating an atmosphere of constant innovation.
The Municipality of Lisboa plays a key role in promoting several projects, not only by promoting innovation but also by acting as a mediator between all entities involved in collaborative innovative projects (Open Innovation), namely Universities, Companies, the State and the citizens.
Municipal initiatives SMART OPEN LISBOA and LISBOA ROBOTICS municipal initiatives represent excellent examples of a strategy whose purpose is to turn Lisboa into an open laboratory for innovation.
Launched in 24 February 2017, the Lisboa Robotics Cluster – Lisboa Robotics – is a project led by a set of entities, including the Lisboa City Council, the Lisboa School of Engineering Institute of Systems and Robotics and the Portuguese Robotics Society, which aims to unite the Robotics community in Lisboa and promote development in this field. More than 30 partners are already involved in this project.
The Lisboa Robotics Strategic Programme involves the phased development of the following projects:
- establishment of a network of Hotspots, i.e. testing and experimentation spots in a controlled environment;
- creation of a Think Tank, a group of experts that meet to reflect upon major issues arising in connection with the development of Robotics, namely ethical, legal and societal issues;
- creation of Living Labs, i.e. areas within the city where people can interact with robots;
- creation of a Robotics incubator to support and promote sector development.
The Lisboa Robotics programme aims to ensure that the city is prepared to welcome the certain development of the Robotics sector and capable of meeting the challenges entailed in the near future.