Despite its multiculturality, RobotCraft was born in Coimbra, Portugal, and it is there that it takes place every summer, every year. Portugal, or the Portuguese Republic, is the oldest state in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest European nation-states, located in the southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain.

As a founding member of NATO and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, Portugal is also a member of numerous other international organizations, including the United Nations, the European Union, the eurozone and the OECD. Portugal is a developed country with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards, being among the twenty countries best placed in terms of social progress. Portugal was one of the big winners at World Travel Awards’ Europe Gala Ceremony 2017, receiving the prize as Europe's Leading Destination 2017 (Country Portugal), as Europe's Leading Tourist Board 2017 (“Turismo de Portugal”) and as Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2017 (The Algarve, south of Portugal).

The Portuguese cuisine is considered a Mediterranean cuisine and, therefore, very diverse (to not say the best!). Portuguese cuisine is particularly famous for seafood. The influence of Portugal’s former colonial possessions is also notable, especially in the wide variety of spices used. These spices include piri-piri and black pepper, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron. Olive oil is one of the bases of Portuguese cuisine, which is used both for cooking and flavouring meals. Garlic is widely used, as are herbs, such as bay leaf and parsley.

And let us not even start talking about the wine! Summery vinho verdes from the green northwest. Full-bodied reds and fruity whites from Douro, Dao and Alentejo. Bubbly from Bairrada; legendary Port and Madeira vintages. Honeyed moscatel from Setubal. Rare tipples from odd places like the Lisbon surfer suburb of Carcavelos. Or the World Heritage vineyards clinging to a mid-Atlantic volcano on Pico Island. Just pick and let us meet at are wine tasting RobotCraft even soon!

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Porto, also known as Oporto, is located in the North Region of Portugal, situated near the sea along the river Douro. Porto spread out over the hills overlooking the river, creating an exceptional urban landscape that bears witness to a history of two millennia. Its continuous growth can be read in the profusion of the monuments that live there, from the Cathedral and its Romanesque apse to the neoclassical Santa Clara church of Manueline style. Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by 16 other municipalities that combine a unique range of assets. As a city on the rise, Porto tempts travellers with its vibrant cultural life, its world–class university, its unique city center and its excellent wine bars.
As Portugal's second-largest city, Porto has an innovative profile and the tradition of undertaking its own initiatives, promoting significant economic, health, and environmental benefits for its inhabitants. The abundance of natural streams of water, forests, arable land and the long coast line makes Porto as one of Portugal's richest regions. The city of Porto has an international airport known as the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.
The city of Porto gave the name to Portugal (Portucale) and to the world famous wine that goes by the same name. It is often referred to as "Cidade das Pontes" (City of the Bridges), "Cidade Invicta" (Unconquered/ Invincible City) and "Capital do Norte" (Capital of the North).
RobotCraft takes place at Ingeniarius’ headquarters, in the city of Alfena, which belongs to Valongo; one of the municipalities of Porto.


Ingeniarius is a private SME that aims for research and technological development in the many fields of engineering, including robotics and automation, as well as all components within human society, namely the quality of life, sports and health. Ingeniarius has been providing several R&D services that led to well-validated state-of-the-art solutions, accessible to everyone. These solutions followed the typical product development cycle, being currently at a technology readiness (TRL) level 8 and 9, thus as fully integrated as commercial products.

Besides R&D, Ingeniarius also organizes and promotes events, such as professional training, scientific/technical conferences and entertainment, educational and promotional events of technological nature. RobotCraft is the most successful example, being an international internship with a unique summer course in robotics for students from higher education level.