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Innovation Awards 8th Edition

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Sacyr celebrates the 8th edition of the Sacyr Startups Innovation Awards

For the eighth year in a row, Sacyr celebrates its Sacyr Startups Innovation Awards, which recognizes the best proposals developed by the innovative community for the infrastructure and urban services industry.

At Sacyr, we understand that innovation delivers a wide variety of opportunities and new business models that help companies to remain competitive, improve their efficiency, ensure the success of their operations and, most importantly, improve the quality of service to the user. For this reason, we launched different platforms and initiatives - internal and external - to drive the innovation. 

Sacyr promotes the co-creation of projects with startups and other innovative agents through Sacyr iChallenges, an open innovation program that seeks the solution to five business challenges related to our main areas of activity: Smart Cities, water, infrastructures, engineering and services. The search for innovative solutions for these challenges, together with other agents of the innovative ecosystem, has as main objective the continuous improvement of the quality of life of the citizens, from better infrastructure and better urban services.

This year, we wanted to collaborate in five challenges:

Smart cities: New waste identification models generated by each citizen in order to promote recycling. 

Water: Application of virtual and augmented reality in water treatment plants 

Infrastructure: Advanced prediction of long-term pavement deterioration on roads.

Engineering: Intelligent planning of large construction sites

Services: Internet of Things and analytical system for the predictive maintenance of roads according to indicators management

Sacyr iChallenges’ projects have been valued and contrasted throughout a process of interactions with the Sacyr executives responsible for the five challenges. In this regard, we have studied around 80 proposals related to the resolution of these challenges. Finally, we have selected three finalists who will compete for the Sacyr Startups Innovation Awards. Plus, proposals with greater viability to solve the challenges could become collaborative projects.

From Sacyr, we offer the innovative community a joint work with our experts, access to our commercial network, validation and scaling of business models, establishment of commercial and strategic "win-win" relationships and flexibility and ability to adapt to the projects of the different innovative agents.