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Digital technologies have allowed us to build a more connected world, but when women are excluded from constructing that world, they are excluded from building the future. From basic education to the productive economy, digital gender equality can make a positive impact.

To bridge this gap, we are now looking for new solutions across the key areas outlined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD):

  • Improving access to digital devices and skills;
  • Development of digital facilitation tools and initiatives;
  • Promotion of women’s access to digital/STEM professions;
  • Upskilling and reskilling initiatives;
  • Solutions to fight online gender-based violence and disinformation.

Join us in the Challenge Webinar organized with Wazoku on September 20, 03:00 PM - 03:45 PM CEST.

In this Challenge Space, we will delve into the digital gender gap — an issue that spans various dimensions and necessitates a multifaceted approach. 

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In our session, we will be talking with the Enel Challenge Submission team, aiming to talk more about innovation, sustainability, diversity, the Challenge topic, solutions' potential impact, and learn from your experiences as Solvers in taking part in our Challenges.



Technology and the internet can be a great enabler for women and girls but a lack of opportunities, skills and a fear of discrimination prevent many from using and creating digital tools and online content.

Girls and women often have less access to technology and the internet compared to boys and men. In addition, stereotypes around technology and fear of being discriminated against stop girls from using digital tools. Last year alone, over 259 million more men than women were online.

The digital gender gap is multidimensional, which is why there are many effective ways to advance digital gender equality. Being a digital company, Enel is committed to help close the gender gap in the tech sector through dedicated projects, including aimed inwardly at improving company policies and outcomes for women. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) have outlined several key areas where this gender divide or gap is most often seen online and in digital spaces:

  • Improving access to digital devices and skills;

  • Development of digital facilitation tools and initiatives;

  • Promotion of women’s access to digital/STEM professions;

  • Upskilling and reskilling initiatives;

  • Solutions to fight online gender-based violence and disinformation.

By contributing to Enel work in this area through joining this Challenge, you are directly helping to overcome the digital gender gap – both in Enel itself and worldwide. 



With considerable economic growth coming from the tech sector, it is vital to have women's participation in technology. To reach this goal, Enel will leverage innovative solutions to promote women’s digital empowerment in terms of inclusion and representation, access to digital resources and finance, assistance as a tech incubator, the promotion of women role models, and more.

Enel are searching for mature proposals, with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of ≥ 7, that will help to move the needle and ensure that the digital gender gap is reduced. Performance indicators of your digital solution can be both qualitative and quantitative: for instance, self-assessment and survey responses are as valuable as engagement metrics and number of programs delivered. 

Your submission to this Challenge should fulfil at least 1 of the OECD areas around the digital gender gap: improving access, development of tools, promotion of access to digital professions, upskilling and reskilling, and/or fighting online gender-based violence and discrimination. 

As this is a multidimensional issue, Enel’s aims are not limited to one specific type of solution: your submission can be of a digital solution, method, or tool that will help to bridge the digital gender gap, or it could be acceptable to submit an investigation or methodology that can report on the use, barriers, and shortcomings of digital technologies.

Enel aims to provide positive outcomes in this digital gender gap project. Enel will promote and help to scale the solutions submitted to this Challenge, as well as finding new ways to use them within the company, a global enterprise with operations in 26 countries.



Your proposed solution must have the following qualities:

  • Being a digital solution or a method/project that can report on the use, access, and barriers of digital technologies;

  • Able to collect data and insights: both to understand the current barriers towards representation for women and to report on progress made in this area;

  • Promote awareness on the topic;

  • Have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) ≥ 7;

  • Applicable to Enel context – submission of a digital solution or investigative method that can be used to reduce the digital gender divide in Enel itself.



The submitted proposal should contain two parts:

 1. Collaboration Proposal including:

a) A description of the proposed solution with an explanation of how the Solver proposes to address all of the Solution Requirements. The Seeker desires a solution with a minimum technology readiness level (TRL) of 7 and Solvers should provide enough information to indicate that their solution achieves this level. The Solver can withhold proprietary details, if necessary, but should provide convincing evidence for Enel to appreciate the merits of the approach. The description of the solution should include, but is not limited to:

  • Adopted method and/or technique;

  • Advantages and weaknesses of the proposed solution;

  • Technical specifications in terms of specific working requirements, technical constraints, time needed for application and deployment;

  • Cost indications for the supply and operation of the solution.

b) A brief discussion of capabilities, equipment, and relevant expertise for executing the proposed solution. The Solver should explain what they can provide and what might be required of the Seeker. For example: “I can construct a prototype, but I would need the Seeker to help with scale up and distribution”;

c) An overview of the proposed path forward (materials, deliverables, timelines, cost estimates);

d) Data, video, case studies, patent and journal references or any additional material that supports the proposed solution.

2. General Information about the Solver including:

a) The key contact person for this Challenge (including phone number and email address). 

b) Organization/Company/University name and address (including website, if available)



This Challenge contributes to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequality

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 Winning Solution will be rewarded with the possibility to negotiate a collaboration agreement with the Seeker.

Explain your proposal clearly in English, attach documents (max 5 files, 35MB total size) if needed.



The Challenge is reserved to all the legal persons which are not part of the Enel Group. 

The spouses, partners and relatives up to the fourth degree of the Seeker’s employees who are involved in the organization and management of the Challenge and of all the people admitted to the Open Innovability® Portal back office, are not eligible for participation in this Challenge. 

Also, the spouses, partners and relatives up to the fourth degree of the employees of the Enel Group’s companies who have worked or currently work in the technical sector of Digital Sustainability to improve diversity and inclusion are not eligible for the participation in this Challenge.



This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaboration agreement. In any case, the Seeker has no obligation to select a winning proposal.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

The proposals will be admitted until October 13, 2023 and the evaluation will start after this date.

Late submissions will not be considered.

Specific regulation attached



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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, however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided...

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 not obviousness;

  • 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.

If the reward includes the opportunity to collaborate with Enel, once one or more suitable solutions have been identified, Enel will reserve the opportunity to start a collaboration, by way of example, on all or part of the following activities:

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

At the end of the assessment, 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), employee waiver (if applicable), proof of identify and Counterparty Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ).



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