Record participation in Sacyr iChallenges 2020 with 270 proposals

The third edition of Sacyr’s open innovation program seeks innovators to solve four business challenges


The third edition of the Sacyr iChallenges program has been well received, closing the submission phase with a total of 270 proposals, 40% more than the 192 received in the last edition.

In total, Sacyr iChallenges received proposals from 39 countries, including Spain with 73 new submissions, the United States with 30, and the United Kingdom with 20. Moreover, in Latin America, where Sacyr has a large presence, the company received 26 proposals from Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Mexico.

Sacyr iChallenges is one of the pillars of Sacyr’s digital transformation and innovation strategy, based on a commitment to teamwork and joint creation with innovators on a global scale. 

With this open innovation program, Sacyr is looking for partners with whom to promote sustainable solutions that improve the quality of citizens’ lives through better infrastructure and services.

In this edition of Sacyr iChallenges, four business challenges are posed: i) to automate site monitoring, ii) to anticipate the geotechnical behavior of terrain, iii) to measure and report the carbon footprint of Scope 3, and iv) Vision Zero for lane closures. 

Evaluating the proposals

All of the proposals received will be evaluated by a panel of experts consisting of several heads from Sacyr’s various business areas. 

The panel will assess the projects that provide the most innovative and efficient solutions, technologies, or business models to address the proposed challenges. Moreover, the experts will take into account the scalability of the projects and their growth prospects in conjunction with Sacyr.

At the Sacyr Innovation Summit, the selected innovators will present their solutions to the program’s four challenges to the public. 

In addition to the lines of collaboration that will develop between the innovators and the company, the Sacyr Foundation will recognize—as part of the 10th edition of the Sacyr Innovation Awards—some of the initiatives submitted by the innovation community as part of the Sacyr iChallenges program.

Success of previous editions

Although Sacyr is launching the third edition of the program this year, the company has been working regularly with the innovation community for over ten years, identifying and developing solutions with the potential for application in its various business areas. 

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