Sacyr celebrates Sacyr Innovation Summit, its yearly event with the innovation ecosystem

  • A total of 12 innovation agents from different countries have presented their solutions to four business challenges issued by the company for the fourth edition of Sacyr iChallenges.
  • Sacyr iChallenges is the company’s open innovation program. With this initiative, Sacyr seeks partners with whom to promote sustainable solutions that improve quality of life through better infrastructure and services.

Yesterday evening, Sacyr its annual open innovation event, Sacyr Innovation Summit. This conference, hosted in hybrid format, featured the participation of 12 innovation agents from Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, the United States, Netherlands, Italy and Germany. These agents submitted the best solutions to the four business challenges issued by the company in the fourth edition of Sacyr iChallenges.

Sacyr iChallenges is one of the pillars of Sacyr’s innovation and digital transformation strategy, based on teamwork and co-creation with the innovation ecosystem on a global scale.

Manuel Manrique, Chairman of Sacyr, gave an opening speech at the evento, and stressed that the challenges consequence of the pandemic “demand new ways of designing, building and managing infrastructures and services”.

“These challenges have brought to light that the collaboration between public and private agents is basic to tackle the great challenges that we face as a society”, Manrique added.

Outstanding turnout

In this edition of iChallenges, Sacyr has received a total of 245 proposals, from 25 different countries. After meticulously analyzing all the ideas, the company selected the 12 agents that best solved the challenges issued by the program. These are the agents that presented their proposals at Sacyr Innovation Summit 2021:

  1. Challenge 1: Generate. How to build and transform our lineal infrastructures into green energy generators that are self-sufficient and put power surplus at the service of the market? The solutions submitted by companies Alpha 311 (U.K.), Greerail (Italy) and Lusoco (Netherlands) were the best.
  2. Challenge 2: Sustainable Campus. How can you transform the waste, water, and power cycles of big institutions like universities to minimize the carbon footprint and achieve energy independence on campus? BDP EnviroTech LLC (U.K.), Heliatek (Germany), SEaB Power Ltd (U.K.) were the companies with the best proposals for this second challenge.
  3. Challenge 3: Smart Inventory. How to optimize the elaboration of inventories of elements on the street? The ideas from DotGIS (Spain), ESRI (Spain) and SEITECH Solutions SL (Spain) answered best to this challenge.
  4. Challenge 4: Natural Capital. How can we improve the valuation and management of the natural capital of Sacyr’s projects? The proposals by ARIES-BC3 (Spain), Creando Redes SL (Spain) and NBI (Portugal) were the chosen ones for this challenge.

Next steps

By setting Sacyr iChallenges in motion, the company looks for travel companions to promote sustainable solutions that improve the citizens’ quality of life through better infrastructures and services.

This way, the best submitted proposals will come to life in collaborations between the innovation agents and Sacyr. Likewise, the Sacyr Foundation will recognize as part of the 11th edition of the Sacyr Innovation Awards, some of the initiatives submitted by the innovating community as part of the Sacyr iChallenges program.

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