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Valerann wins 1st prize at the Sacyr Foundation Innovation Awards

The British-Israeli firm secured the win at the 13th Sacyr Foundation Innovation Awards, with theirs being the best out of more than 200 proposals.

Manuel Manrique, Sacyr Chairman, presented Valerann’s representatives with the maximum award of the Sacyr Foundation Innovation Awards by the Sacyr Foundation. Kraken Sense and SPH Engineering came out as this edition’s runner ups.

Valerann’s solution to enhance infrastructure safety and sustainability was the winner on the 13th edition of the Sacyr Foundation Innovation Awards. 

Out of the 205 submitted proposals, theirs was the one that best addressed one of the three challenges we issued in our Open Innovation program Sacyr iChallenges. 

Manuel Manrique, Sacyr Chairman, stressed that innovation is a must for our company to remain competitive. “We’re keeping a close eye on the evolution of AI to incorporate it into our infrastructure projects, that must adapt to be kinder, safer, more resilient and sustainable”, the Chairman said.

Ángeles Blanco, journalist and conductor at the event and Manuel Manrique, Chairman and CEO of Sacyr


Roads challenge

Valerann offers a last generation smart traffic management platform. By using data analysis this technology facilitates faster response, generates automated notifications, and communicates relevant information to infrastructure users.

Valerann’s solution answers to Sacyr iChallenges’ Roads challenge: Solutions for safer and more sustainable infrastructure.


Runner-ups: Kraken Sense and SPH Engineering

Canadian firm Kraken Sense got the runner up prize at the Sacyr Foundation Innovation Awards for their real-time pathogen and pollutant detection system in wastewater. Their solution, submitted for the Water challenge, automates the sampling and testing process to measure microorganism concentration in trace elements. 

On their end, SPH Engineering was the runner up of the Construction challenge. The Latvian firm was recognized for their drone based aerial and bathymetric GPR solution. This solution enables bathymetric lift operations via drone applications in areas where access and operation are complex.
 Sergio Álvarez Teleña, Economist and PhD in Computer science, main speaker at the event


205 submissions from 34 countries 

The Sacyr Foundation acknowledges the best initiatives submitted by the innovation community in Sacyr iChallenges, our Open Innovation program. Sacyr iChallenges is one of the drivers of our innovation and transformation strategy, which is based on a bid on teamwork and co-creation with the innovation ecosystem globally.

International turnout went up by 40% this year with submissions coming from 34 countries. 

Besides from Spain, countries with the highest volume of submissions were the United States, Canada, Israel, Finland, the United Kingdom, or South Korea. Thus, Sacyr iChallenges consolidates its presence in English-speaking countries, which made up 27% of turnout this edition. 

Turnout in innovation agents with over 10 years of experience went up 40%, too.

Learn more at https://www.sacyrichallenges.com/

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