Innovation Award

15th edition

The Leonardo Innovation Award, marking its 15th edition in 2019, is one of the most eagerly-awaited events by company employees and students who are keen to explore the new frontiers of research and technology

This initiative, which Leonardo has been proudly supporting for many years, generates great interest not only within the Company but also among university students, graduates and undergraduates in STEM disciplines (Science, Technologies, Engineering, Mathematics), who have been invited to participate in this competition since 2015.



Since the first edition in 2004, the Innovation Award has involved over 30,000 Group employees and generated 10,000 innovative projects and patent proposals. The 2019 edition saw about 930 projects presented (more than 100 on the topic of artificial intelligence), 27% more than in 2018, of which 45% were from the Company’s international employees.

This year, the prizes for students will be assigned at the end of Innovathon, the Leonardo’s contest dedicated to technological innovation that will use the hackathon approach to trigger new ideas. 

Innovathon is an Open Innovation event designed by Leonardo to stimulate the outside world through technological and business challenges designed to contribute to our innovation process, promote and implement creative solutions and glean inspiration for new products and services. 

Discover more about how to take part in the competition and send your application. The initiative is open until 31 October!