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Challenge Everywhere Commerce in the Digital World

Everywhere Commerce in the Digital World

Award: $20,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Posted: Aug 05 2019
Challenge ID: 9934149
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Enel is interested in finding solutions to combine digital communication and sales for electricity and gas market customers.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


With the development of the internet, an abundance of information can be found quickly and easily. This is especially useful when researching several options before deciding what to buy. Gone are the days where marketing consisted solely of commercials on the radio/television, flyers in the newspaper/magazines, and telemarketing calls. New digital marketing options are available, yet people who are bombarded by messaging may simply ignore these advertisements when using an app, checking their email, or surfing the web.  

Enel is a multinational energy company that is a global leader in sustainability and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Specifically in support of their commitment to provide affordable and clean energy, Enel is searching for digital solutions that allow existing and potential customers the ability to seamlessly browse and purchase products and services, anytime and anywhere.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDG:

•     SDG 9

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This is a Theoretical Challenge, which requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the submission by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer the exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solver will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on October 1, 2019. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

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 is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in 34 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 almost 71 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 Enel Group is made up of approximately 69,000 people from around the world whose brilliant work is based on our values of Responsibility, Innovation, Trust and Proactivity.

Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its 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 six of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

7 – Access to affordable and clean energy

4 – Support for quality education

8 – Contributing to socio-economic development in the communities in which Enel operates

9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

13 – The fight against climate change

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