Sacyr celebrates the Sacyr Innovation Summit, its annual open innovation event

•    A total of 12 innovators from six countries presented solutions to the four business challenges proposed in the third edition of the Sacyr iChallenges program.

•    Sacyr iChallenges is the multinational’s open innovation program through which it seeks partners with whom to promote sustainable solutions that improve quality of life through better infrastructure and services.

Sacyr has celebrated its annual open innovation event, the Sacyr Innovation Summit. Hosted in virtual format, the conference featured the participation of 12 innovators from six countries (Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, Finland, Israel, and Hong Kong), who submitted the best solutions to the four business challenges proposed in the third edition of the Sacyr iChallenges program. 

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. 

In his opening address at the Sacyr Innovation Summit, company CEO, Manuel Manrique, stressed the importance of “proposing new ways to design, build, and manage large infrastructures and services, placing sustainability and innovation at the center of this entire transformation process.”

“We are eager to undertake new projects that help us address these challenges and bring together the best from inside an outside Sacyr,” he added. 

The finalists in each challenge are:

Challenge 1: Automating construction site monitoring
The solutions proposed by the companies Contilio, Buildots, and best addressed the challenge to find solutions that report progress and incidents on building sites by using the data captured by sensors installed around the project. 

Challenge 2: Anticipating geotechnical behavior
The second challenge—to predict, anticipate, and warn operators about the geotechnical behavior of a given site in a civil works context—was addressed best by the companies Detektia, GeoKinesia, and Tyris AI.

Challenge 3: Carbon footprint measuring and reporting for Scope 3
The ideas of Ártabro Tech, Emitwise, and One Click LCA best solved the challenge of measuring and reporting the impact of the carbon footprint for Scope 2, ensuring the transparency, veracity, and reliability of information.   

Challenge 4: Vision 0 for lane cuts 
Proposals from SmartFlag, Secmotic, and CORUS best responded to the search for a new system to be implemented during lane closures that improves the placement of equipment, optimizes the safety of workers, and safeguards drivers’ lives.

Outstanding turnout

The third edition of the Sacyr iChallenges program was 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.

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

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

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.

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