Winners of the CCG Innovation Awards

The winners of the CCG 2018 Innovation Awards are already known. The awards of these prizes were delivered on the CCG – Centro de Computação Gráfica, on November 23, during the solemn session to commemorate the 25 years of this institution.


The company rewarded with the 2018 CCG Innovative Product Award was Neadvance, Machine Vision, SA, with the product “URBAN PROBE”, having been given 50 hours of technical consultancy.

Teresa Martins of Neadvance, Machine Vision, SA receives the 2018 Innovative Product Award from CCG, delivered by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor

The Urban Probe is a modular, replicable, metropolitan-scale platform capable of addressing a complex problem for which there is currently no acceptable solution available on the market. This problem refers to the analysis and monitoring of the behavior of people and vehicles in large areas. Thus, this product is equipped with objective metrics capable of valuing a particular medium (mupy, Digital Signage, Corporate TV, etc.), or to quantify aspects related to the behavior of populations in an urban environment. This solution presents the same level of performance both indoors and outdoors.


The winner of the Innovative Idea Award CCG 2018 was the company ADAPT4YOU,Lda, with the idea “SMILEACCESS”. This company received € 3,000 and 30 hours of technical consultancy as prizes for the idea developed.

Andreia Matos of ADAPT4YOU receives the 1st Prize of Innovative Idea CCG 2018, delivered by Rui Vieira de Castro, Rector of the University of Minho and Domingos Bragança, Mayor of Guimarães

“SMILEACCESS” is intended for people with some types of disabilities, who are specially conditioned on access to and interaction with computers because they may not be able to perform movements or have the necessary strength in their upper limbs to do so. Ensuring an easy and intuitive interface, as access to different technologies is, above all, a social imperative.

There are people who can only communicate with facial expressions and only with these expressions they can not express themselves in full. Thus, with digital communication frames and with SMILEACCESS, it is possible to combine facial expressions with communication, allowing people to express themselves better, with more vocabulary and have a more extensive and fluid communication.

In second place was ARQI – Tecnologias de Informação, lda, with the “ARNOTE” idea, winning € 2.000 and 30 hours of technical consultancy.

Gustavo Maçães of ARQI – Tecnologias de Informação, lda receives the 2º Prize of CCG Innovative Idea, delivered by Rui Vieira de Castro, Rector of the University of Minho and Domingos Bragança, Mayor of Guimarães

ARNOTE allows to use augmented reality in conjunction with realistic 3d models to create real digital stores in the place that the customer wants, only by using their smartphone or tablet. A back-office is also provided to the seller, which enables the quick and simple management of the products. The solution connects directly to the store’s online sales platform for purchasing products.

In third place was the company SHAPE, lda, with the idea “PEERS®MR”, deserving a prize of € 1,000 and 30 hours of technical consultancy.

Fernando Barbosa of SHAPE, lda, receives the CCG Innovative Idea 3rd prize from the hands of José Luís Encarnação, from Technische Universität Darmstadt and Fraunhofer Institute IGD (and founder of the CCG)

“PEERS®MR” is a 16-week interactive, motivational, interactive, science-based social competence training program for children, youth and adults with autism, hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression and other social challenges.

In each group session, important social skills are taught, creating opportunities to practice them during socialization activities. Parents learn to help their children make and keep friends, feedback is provided through coaching during the weekly homework assignments. Virtual and augmented reality technologies and human-computer interaction are used. This was the first time the promoter’s family member was able to access and interact with a computer.f

The Innovative Idea 2018 and Innovative Product 2018, promoted by the CCG, are co-financed by the Norte2020 Regional Operational Program of the North and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. They are framed within the context of the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge to the business sector.

Photo gallery of the CCG Innovation Awards