The challenge of workplace safety


People's safety is a top priority for Enel, Eni and Leonardo, as well as for society at large. That’s why we’ve launched a new challenge dedicated to safety at work on our Open Innovability platform®. This initiative is jointly promoted by the three big companies and implemented with the help of the COTEC Foundation for Innovation.

The starting point was the realization that occupational safety risks can often be predicted in advance based on certain worker behaviors. Highlighting them is a technological challenge that could significantly increase people's safety, particularly certain occupational groups that are subject to higher risk: drivers, operators and field workers.

The "Safety systems to detect warning signs in drivers, operators, and field workers" challenge is dedicated to this issue: we seek technological solutions to detect warning signs and other anomalies in worker behavior that could lead to a dangerous or hazardous situation.

The challenge is aimed at citizens of the European Union and the United Kingdom; to participate, simply submit a written proposal in English following the specifications in the challenge text and the terms in the regulations. The proposal should be detailed and contain data, case studies, references to patents and publications, as well as an analysis on scalability. The solution should be simple, effective, non-invasive and meet other requirements such as integrability with existing tools and of course compliance with current regulations (in particular EU Regulation No. 2016/679). Full details can be found on the dedicated page.

The deadline for the challenge is May 2, 2023. The evaluation committee will review the proposals received based on criteria including scientific and technical feasibility, technological novelty, and economic and commercial aspects. Winning proposals will receive a monetary award (up to $20,000 each) and their authors will be contacted to discuss next steps.

The initiative is part of our sustainability-driven strategy, and specifically contributes to three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations: SDG 3 (Good health and well-being), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure).

We are confident of broad support for this challenge, because sustainability and safety at work are priorities that affect everyone.