Challenge <p>Seeking Partners to Develop Integrated Planning and Virtual Trip Assistance Applications</p>

Seeking Partners to Develop Integrated Planning and Virtual Trip Assistance Applications

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Deadline: Jun 27 2018 23:59 EDT
Posted: May 14 2018
Challenge ID: 9934127
 
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Abstract

The Seeker, through this challenge, is looking for trial solutions in order to define new experimental business models aimed at identifying a partner that can develop a web-based or smartphone application that provides real-time natural language cognitive and predictive virtual assistance to help customers in pre-trip (planning, purchase), on trip (e.g. in case of disruption to optimize the planned journeys) and post-trip (e.g. suggestion of customized ancillary services), in order to support integrated (multimodal) journey planning.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

Overview

Seamless and “frictionless” mobility in cities is a key challenge of current societies. Particularly challenging is the scenario where disruptions occur and the citizens need an alternative route to get to their destination with minimum delays and/or impact. Currently, in such situations, the burden is entirely put on the citizens to organize themselves and look for those alternative solutions that will allow them to complete their journey.

Various applications (web based or smartphone) partially address these needs, but to the Seeker’s understanding, none has the “full package”. The Challenge is even greater for operators in this field if one wants to give citizens a tool that:

  1. Assists them in real-time during the entire lifetime of the journey (pre-trip, during the trip/disruption, and post-trip, and
  2. Includes multi-transportation modes in the initial planning of the journey and real-time assistance

Hence, the Seeker, through this challenge, is looking for trial solutions in order to define new experimental business models aimed at identifying a partner that can develop a web-based or smartphone application that provides real-time natural language cognitive and predictive virtual assistance to customers during pre-trip (planning, purchase), on trip (e.g. in case of disruption to optimize the planned journeys) and post-trip (e.g. suggestion of customized ancillary services), in order to support integrated (multimodal) journey planning.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 5-10 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed upon time frame. The parties will enter into the collaboration contract in full compliance with the Italian, European and International antitrust and procurement rules.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Only proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work as the collaboration partner will be considered. The Seeker will award the best proposal(s) from a pool of $5,000 USD before moving into the discussion of the partnership terms.
  • The Seekers are strongly committed to this project and are highly ambitious; with that in mind, only proposals that can present and support a strong case that their proposed solution will work will be considered for a collaboration.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on June 27, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.

This Challenge is hosted on the Enel Open Innovability Site and further details are available there.  You will be redirected there when you click ‘View Challenge Details’.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in 35 countries across 5 continents, generating energy with a net installed capacity of almost 85 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km.

With 63.5 million end users around the world, Enel has the biggest customer base among its European competitors, and it is one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity and reported EBITDA. The Group is made up of nearly 62,900 people who help promote Enel’s two cardinal principles: innovation and sustainability.

Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its openinnovability.enel.com crowdsourcing platform, the company connects people and ideas from across the world, encouraging anyone to propose sustainable innovation projects and solutions that help develop local communities.

Enel is also committed to helping to achieve four of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  1. Access to affordable and clean energy
  2. Support for quality education
  3. Contributing to socio-economic development in the communities in which Enel operates
  4. The fight against climate change

Enel and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane have started a collaboration to deploy innovative projects in the fields of energy and transportation, focusing in particular on electric mobility and energy efficiency.

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane is an international mobility company, integrating several modes of transports, and offering a wide range of transport services. It is Italy’s top industrial group in terms of investments (€5.6bn) in 2017 with revenues at €9.3bn, EBITDA at €2.3bn and net profit at €552m. Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group’s strategy is based on technological innovation, internationalisation and digitalisation, offering a large integrated mobility project.  FS Italiane transports over 750 million passengers every year by rail (600 in Italy, 150 abroad), 290 million by bus (160 in Italy, 130 abroad) and 50 million tonnes of freight.

Enel X is a global company that uses smart, simple and fast technologies to help our customers discover a new way of using energy, all over the world.

In order to provide the new solutions requested by customers Enel X has structured its business line into four Global Product Lines:

  • e-Industries, offering solutions aimed at large-scale customers, with a particular focus on flexible services;
  • e-Mobility,  with the aim of becoming the technological leader in the sector and promoting increasingly widespread and efficient electrical mobility;
  • e-Home, dedicated to residential customers;
  • e-City, offering public administrations and municipalities integrated services and connectivity solutions.

Alongside the four Global Product Lines, Enel X has also created the “Innovation & Product Lab,” which conceives, develops and tests new products and services. This is often with the help of customers.

What is InnoCentive?
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.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

eRFPs allow Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to help solve a business challenge to the InnoCentive Solver community. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

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

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