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In recent years, the amount of Public Administration Open Data has increased substantially, as well as other datasets publicly available produced by Research, Academic and No Profit institutions, but the maximum benefit from this information has not been fully realized and there are few relevant and impactful services exclusively based on open data analysis. Enel X is looking for new ways of leveraging the open data to create tailored solutions for municipalities.

This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and experimental proof-of-concept data.



Enel X is a global business offering smart, simple, and fast technologies and services to help our customers make more intelligent decisions about the way energy is created, stored and managed. Enel X is interested in identifying new and effective technologies/solutions – ideally based on the open source paradigm - that leverage open data as main input and synergize with the current solutions to deliver added value within its Public Services Offering. Solutions have to be cost-effective making Enel X competitive in tenders while diversifying and enlarging its offer. In particular, solutions have to focus on:

  1. public lighting: innovative solutions to improve the performance and /or simplify operation & maintenance (ex. planning, performance, and predictive analysis)
  2. architectural lighting evolution: to enhance the visual impact of historical and valuable buildings
  3. urban mobility (including e-bus)
  4. city analysis: relevant analysis to produce indicators and actionable insights that can help public administration in planning and managing their services in a most effective way and that can improve citizens quality of life.


Enel X thinks it is also particularly useful to monitor the status of the services and the related trends over time, and offer an "intelligence layer" to discover important and significant correlations among the various data points.

Optimal solution can address a real pain point of cities, producing through open data valuable outputs for cities, analysis  useful to improve infrastructures/services operation & maintenance or to increase city resiliency and citizens quality of life.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • SDG 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

For questions about the challenge and your proposal you can contact EnelOpenInnovabilityChallenges@innocentive.com.


Challenge rules

All proposers are invited to read carefully the challenge and the Regulation of this challenge, attached below in the Attachments section, before submitting a solution.

By submitting a solution they automatically accept the attached Regulations other than the Terms of Use of this platform.



The employees of Enel X who are involved in the organization and management of the Challenge or admitted to the Open Innovability Portal back office, as well as their spouses or partners and their relatives up to the fourth degree, are not eligible for participation in this Challenge.

Also, employees of the companies of the Enel Group who work at Enel X Innovability, e-city Global team and e-city country Italy, in the moment of the competition, or their spouses, partners or any of their relatives up to the fourth grade determined according to Italian law, are not eligible for participation in this Challenge. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to verify with the members of his/her kinship or spouse or partners (or with regard to his/her team members’) whether any of them is connected in any way to the Competition or the Open Innovability Portal and request (by e-mail to OpenInnovability-support@enel.com), if necessary, any additional information to ENEL X to fulfill such obligation, as well as their spouses or partners and their relatives up to the fourth degree, are not eligible for participation.



This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and experimental proof-of-concept algorithms, models, data.

Upon Acceptance of a Proposed Solution by the Seeker and payment of the Award, the exclusive IP rights of the winning Solution will be transferred to the Seeker.

The total prize pool budget is $30,000. The minimum full award amount is $15,000 for solutions that meet all of the stated Solution Requirements. Furthermore, partial awards may be considered for solutions that meet some, but not all, of the Solution Requirements.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on October 9th, 2020. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

Specific regulation in the CSA attached at the bottom of this page.

What happens next?

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions.

Enel will evaluate the proposal using the following criteria:

  • Overall scientific and technical feasibility of the proposed solution;
  • Economic potential of concept (e.g. Total Cost of Ownership);
  • Business potential for Enel;
  • Novelty and creativity;
  • Potential for proprietary position (i.e., is the technology novel or protectable);
  • User’s capabilities and related experience;
  • Realism of the proposed solution;
  • Maturity level of the proposal.


In case the reward includes “Collaboration with Enel”, once suitable solution/s have been identified, Enel will reserve the opportunity to start a collaboration, by way of example, all or part of the following activities:

  • Test execution;
  • Supply of prototypes (if an equipment);
  • Installation and site tests;
  • Follow up and monitoring of the proposed idea behavior.


Upon completion of the evaluation, you will receive feedback.

In case of success, an Enel contact person will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps.

The final award for this Challenge is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the verification process, including acceptance of the Challenge-Specific Agreement (CSA) that is the regulation for this Challenge.

The verification process includes obtaining the following from the Solver: signed affidavit (based on the CSA), employer waiver (if applicable), Counterparty Analysis Questionnaire and proof of identify.



InnoCentive collaborates with Enel to manage this challenge.

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.


About the seeker Enel-Enel X

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Enel Open Innovability User Guide

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Regulation - CSA RTP (Non-Exclusive License) Enel X e-city

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