ENEL OPEN INNOVABILITY CHALLENGE | Ensuring autonomy to people with disability moving around buildings

31/07/2020 - Enel

Challenge Expiration Date: October 15, 2020

Reward: Collaboration with Enel 


Enel is looking for solutions that can contribute to allow people living with disability free mobility when entering and moving around public or private buildings. There is also an interest to look for solutions that can facilitate orienteering inside the buildings for any kind of disability.

How can we make access and move around public or private buildings an experience that everyone can live independently, simply, efficiently, effectively and safely?

The aim is to empower people living with disabilities unlocking the business, social and economic value of solutions for them.

Meet our challenge!

This challenge provides contribution to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world: 

  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequality 
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 



Around 1.3 billion people in the world are affected by a disability to some degree (15% of the global population, or 1 in 7 people), with a disposable annual income of $8 trillion a year. Notwithstanding these data and the fact that combined with friends and family, disability touches 53%* of consumers, their value is routinely not valorized by business. 

Looking ahead, the global trends in ageing populations and the higher risk of disability in older people are likely to lead to further increases in the population affected by disability.


Around the world, persons with disabilities face a number of obstacles starting with physical and technological barriers that, preventing people from actively participating in society, may become also cultural and attitudinal hurdles. On the other hand, Enel think that granting autonomy and accessibility is a precondition to equal participation and leading role in society. This will help in turn: 

innovate the context in which people with disabilities live; 

  • integrate concerns about disability in everyday life;
  • increase visibility of people with disability thus activating involvement and spreading knowledge of the issues at stake;
  • ensure smart and sustainable growth;


Enel is looking for solutions to ensure autonomous mobility and facilitate orienteering of people with disabilities throughout buildings such as private houses, public buildings and offices. 

In particular the main goals of this challenge are: 

  • provide free mobility within buildings without depending from someone who assists the person with disability; 
  • overcoming architectural barriers or detect the presence of obstacles;
  • create safe paths for people with disability even in private houses;
  • facilitate orienteering for blind people and people who cannot speak to ask for directions in a large building.
Some examples of problems that have been scouted are related to: 

  • turnstiles too narrow and fast for wheelchair users, guide dog access or access with an assistant 
  • badge check and information about check-in/check-out time
  • use the elevator safely for persons that speak the sign language (e.g. emergency sign language tool)
  • use of toilets autonomously for people with reduced mobility (e.g lack of ergonomic toilets, lack of spatial information useful for blind people)
  • go through the corridors safely when crossing other people (e.g. for people with reduced mobility and blind people)
  • use the stairs (in particular in case of an emergency)
  • orienteering in new environment (e.g for blind people and people with reduced mobility)
  • how to integrate artificial intelligence in electronic wheelchairs

 The above list in not exhaustive and Enel is looking for solutions that solve also problems that have not been listed/identified. 


Submissions must have the following Solution Requirements: 

  • Any solution have to be verified and documented (not just an “idea”); 
  • All solutions must be safe and compliant with the local regulations where the solution is going to be implemented
  • All solutions must be sustainable environmentally and economically;
  • The solution must be innovative in terms of technology used with a multifaceted impact analysis (social, economic and technological aspects) and tested or designed with the help of people with disabilities;
  • TRL = 7;
  • Solutions should support Enel’s commitment on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) with specific emphasis on SDG8, SDG10, SDG11.

In addition, the following qualities are highly desired but not required:

  • It is preferable that the solution is designed including Artificial intelligence tools that monitor and learn from the PwD experience. 
  • Applicable in a global context (that is, they would be transferable to different parts of the world)


The submitted solutions should consist of a detailed description, including:

  • A detailed description of the solution, through a mean which is fully accessible to everybody e.g. a video with subtitles with automatic translation, accessible website or document. (note that the system allows you to upload a maximum of 5 files, 25MB total size) 
  • Rationale for the proposed technology/solution, including direct cost
  • A written detailed technical description and explanation (see solution form when you click CREATE YOUR SOLUTION);
  • An analysis of the technical, environmental, social and economic aspects:
  • quantitative and qualitative assessment of the environmental impact of the proposed overall process on the ecosystem;
  • costs and benefits;
  • Identification of potential risks or eventual constraints;
  • Identification of possible uses of products/byproducts and of stakeholders/third parties that may benefit from the development or the implementation of the solutions, creating a value chain;
  • Certify involvement of people with disabilities in designing or testing the solution (e.g. associations)
  • Data, case studies, patent and journal references or any additional material that supports the proposed solutions

Meet our challenge!


Tipologia: Challenge prize

Fonte: https://bit.ly/Enel-Disability-Autonomous-Mobility

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