The Connected Industry Observatory awards recognises the most innovative ideas for its replicability and job creation

The panel of judges picked out ideas which combine innovation, replicability, entrepreneurship and job creation as its top criteria Acerinox’s CEO, Bernardo Velázquez, member of the panel, reaffirms its compromise with the initiative

The judges for the Connected Industry Awards at Observatorio 4.0 today awarded the third Prize for the Advancement of Connected Industry to Álvaro Sánchez, founder and CEO of Easytem System, “in recognition of his work in developing and implementing enabling technologies in the primary sector, allowing the creation of high value- added jobs in rural areas, through the use of tools which are readily applicable in other industries.”

The CEO of Acerinox, Bernard Velázquez, was a member of the panel, which was made up of senior executives from companies and institutions such as Pladur Gypsum, Engie España, Fujitsu, Everis, Ceoe, Saargummi Ibérica, Steelcase, Fundación Tomillo and Icai- Icade, and which was unanimous in its choice of the winner.

There were also nine runners-up in recognition of the “high quality of entries” to: Ismael Humbrías, CEO of Paymarkfast; Miguel Gallego, CEO of Quartkts; Antonio Marco, Director of Digital Transformation at Sener; Victor Cantón, Industry 4.0 Manager at Continental; David Marín, Head of Advanced Fabrication Pilot Projects at the Antolin Group; Javier Sesma, Director General of Thyssn Krupp's Global Centre for Development and Innovation; David Vicario, CEO of Thyssen Krupp Elevators; and, Emilio Sánchez, CEO of Idea Ingeniería.

In awarding the prizes, the judges looked especially at important criteria such as the degree of innovation of entries, and that these translate well into the identification and development of new business opportunities, replicability in other industries and markets, entrepreneurship and job creation.

The Industry 4.0 Observatory is a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience, comprising individuals working in different industrial sectors. It is neutral as to technologies and solutions, and looks out for new developments, standards, regulations and best practices with a view to enriching our day-to-day thinking in our professional lives.