Hunt is on for construction’s top innovators and entrepreneurs

A search for construction’s top innovators and entrepreneurs has been launched by software company Construction Industry Solutions (COINS).

The COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge has two key competitions:

  • New and emerging technologies: aims to uncover a technology-based idea that will significantly reduce energy consumption at any or all stages in the lifecycle of built assets. This could relate to any stage or process in the construction lifecycle, from component design and manufacture through to build and ongoing use, or have an impact throughout the whole construction lifecycle. The prize for the winning entry for this competition is a place on the Singularity University’s seven-day executive programme
  • Leadership 35: is for people under 35 who have the vision and personal qualities to bring a new approach to sustainability leadership within construction. The prize for the winning entry will be a place on the postgraduate certificate in sustainable business or value chains at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Bouygues UK is also offering each of the winners a three-month paid internship in its sustainability department. The company is also offering a special discretionary award for the applicant with the most promising idea, who will win the chance to have their idea taken forward as part of Bouygues UK’s corporate R&D programme.

The judging panel includes: Larry Sullivan, Derek Leaver and Robert Brown of COINS, Dr Deborah Morecroft of NanoFab Tools, Aleksandra (Sasha) Njagulj of Bouygues UK, Mike Halsall of Singularity University, Catherine Tilley and Kayla Friedman of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Ian Heasman of Taylor Wimpey, Tomas Lau of Laing O’Rourke, Christopher Dyson of Carillion, and Ben Haldin of Fulcro Engineering.

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