Digital Innovation and Teamwork Combine to Deliver Exciting Solutions for our Business

7 December 2018 Kingspan Group
This year saw the launch of Kingspan’s first ever Global Digital Challenge announced during Innovation Week* by Louise Foody, Director of Digital and Brand. Its mission was to bring together colleagues from across the world; devising new and innovative digital solutions to enhance customer experience and accelerate business growth now and for the future.

Exceeding all expectations, the challenge resulted in entries from 52 teams across 14 countries and included over 160 participants. The standard of entries was so high, as was the impressive level of progressive ‘digital’ thinking, that 27 teams made it to the final stage.

The challenge involved three strategic phases- Ideation, Business Case and Implementation Plan. This was then concluded with each team submitting and presenting their proposal to our Digital Challenge Panel; where they explained their concepts and ideas and how it would be delivered as a project if it were commissioned.

The ultimate success of the challenge is evidenced by our plans to move forward and implement all 27 of the final projects into the business. These final projects will be given the opportunity to move forward through a combination of financial investment, strategic groupwork and executive sponsorship. The projects spanned a variety of business solutions including advanced customer service channels, digital design tools, and the integration of technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

* During Innovation Week, Kingspan employees heard from industry experts from across the globe about ways innovation in construction and other industries is evolving, while also hearing from peers showcasing some of the innovative projects and developments that are underway within the Kingspan Group.  

Louise Foody, Director of Brand and Digital said:
 
In a fast-paced changing environment all sectors are striving to create new business solutions using all resources available to them. Digital tools and Innovation come hand-in-hand as we push to meet our customers’ evolving needs. As a team of over 13,000 based in every corner of the world, we have stories and learnings to share with each other, and the Global Digital Challenge was a new way to bring members of the Kingspan team across the world together to flex their innovation muscles, share ideas that ultimately improve our business while empowering team members across the world to excel in their roles. We know our customers better than anyone else, we understand the complexity of their needs. We also play heed to industry wide expectations as we are presented with new and improved solutions every day. With the high calibre of ideas displayed during Kingspan’s Global Digital Challenge, I have no doubt that providing digital solutions is an area where our business can deliver.
Winners and commendations for the Global Digital Challenge were awarded in the following categories:
  • Best Integrated Digital Strategy
  • Best Application of Digital Technology
  • Best Digital Team
  • Digital Commerce
  • Digital Internal Communication
  • Design Productivity
  • Smart Factory

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