The “Technological Demonstrator” series of events was launched on the 28th of February at the Innovation in Polymer Engineering Centre (IPEC) in Guimarães, with more than 100 participants including entrepreneurs, researchers and representatives of non-corporate entities of the R&I system, who discussed Industry 4.0 challenges for business competitiveness. The opening session was attended by the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, João Correia Neves, the President of the ANI, Eduardo Maldonado, and the President of the IPEC, João Cortez.

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9.30am-10.00am | Participants reception


10.00am-10.40am | Opening Session

João Cortez, Chairman of the IPEC Board of Directors

Eduardo Maldonado, Chairman of the ANI’s Board of Directors


10.40am-11.50am | Visit to the IPEC and the technological demonstrators space

Get to know all the projects presented in the IPEC Technological Demonstrator 


11.50am-12.20pm | João Correia Neves, Secretary of State for Economic Affairs


12.30pm-2.30pm | Lunch


2.30pm-3.50pm | Round Table: Industry 4.0 - challenges for the competitiveness of the SME

Moderator: Prof. Júlio Viana / Critical Materials - UMINHO

Participants: DTX; BOSCH Car Multimedia Portugal; COTEC Portugal; ATEC, SIEMENS Portugal

See the presentations and the programme here


3.50pm | Closing Session 4.00pm-5.30pm | Open Innovation Session (Brokerage event)


Bilateral meetings between companies, non-business entities of the scientific and technological system and academic institutions.

The purpose of these bilateral meetings is to put up against one another, in individual meetings lasting up to 20 minutes, entities that can analyse and discuss common technological problems and find innovative solutions.

Participation in the Open Innovation Session will be closed, by mandatory prior registration on a specific platform for the management of bilateral meetings, through which a customised meeting agenda will be generated for each participant according to their needs and objectives.


The Technological Demonstrator initiative, promoted by ANI within the scope of the CASS - Knowledge Transfer Initiative, aims to involve the national business fabric with the results of science and technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship.



Event co-financed under CASS - Knowledge Transfer Initiative.

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