1st anniversary of Som-Inn Port

It has been one year since June 21st 2018, when the launch day of the Port of Tarragona Ecosystem of Innovation took place. Consequently, during the 5th session of Agora, the results of this first year were presented and the 1st anniversary was celebrated with members and innovation agents of Som-Inn Port.

Som-Inn Port was born with 23 intentional agreements and with 12 affiliated members. Currently, 31 members are affiliated and 2 are collaborating members.

With regard to the Innovation Agents, who represent their member entities of Som-Inn Port and participate in the various activities, they have increased from 26 initial to 50 to this day.

During the first year, the open innovation pilot cycle was carried out, where the innovation agents were able to use innovation tools in order to find solutions to the challenges that were initially raised, through exploration, co-innovation (Design Thinking), rapid development of prototypes (Design Sprint), and the validation with the potential users.

In this open innovation pilot cycle, five challenges related to the Port of Tarragona have been determined. These have been worked on by 6 innovation cells, which have generated 272 ideas to solve these challenges. Posterior to this, 4 prototyping cells have created a prototype for each of their solutions and have been able to validate them with potential users.


Other relevant data for this first period are:
  • 14 initial presentations were made to the departments of the APT, 1 presentation to the Port Community, and a multitude of individual presentations to potential members with the aim of capturing their interest in generating this Innovation Ecosystem.
  • 10 sessions of the Innovation Commission and the Agora have been held.
  • 8 innovation workshops have been carried out with Design Thinking and Design Sprint methodologies.
  • 18 networking activities have been carried out.
  • 10 training pills have been held.
  • 2 inspirational talks have been carried out.
  • The webpage has been created, and it has been improved by adding drop-down menus and making it available in three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.
  • The digital platform has been created, which has been improved, adding sections such as sector exploration and the proposal of challenges.
  • Accounts have been opened in the social networks of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, to keep the members informed and to make the activities carried out visible.
  • A Benchmark study on open innovation in ports has been carried out, which is available to members of Som-Inn Port through the digital platform. This study has been up-dated during this first year and the 4th version is currently available.
  • At the level of communication: 12 posts have been uploaded to the intranet of the Tarragona Port Authority as well as 14 posts for the news section of the web and for the social networks of Som-Inn Port. There have also been 370 comments on the digital platform, 99 tweets, 19 publications on Facebook and 18 publications on the LinkedIn group. Several interviews have been made by different media sources.
  • Som-Inn Port was presented at the Open Innovation in the Public Enterprise seminar.
  • Awards were given to the most active Innovation Agents of Som-Inn Port, which consisted in being able to participate in the 4YFN Connecting Start-ups during the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona.
  • Recognition was received from the Tarragona Smart Mediterranean Region Foundation, within the framework of the Tarragona Smart Forum.

This first year’s life of Som-Inn Port has been full of activities, learning, work, effort, discoveries… and emotions. That is why we have decided to reflect it in this video, as a gesture to congratulate all those who have helped to make it possible:





Studies and Innovation Department

26th June 2019


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