Basis of participation



The following rules regulate the call for applications and participation in the XXI edition of the Talgo Award for Technological Innovation. The objective of this Award is to promote and develop innovation projects that add value to railway technology and mobility and are organized by TALGO PATENTS, S.L.U., with registered office in Las Matas, Paseo del Tren TALGO nº 2, Las Rozas, Madrid with Tax Identification Number B-84528553 (hereinafter, “TALGO” or the “ORGANIZER”). Participation in the Prize implies full acceptance of these rules.

This edition of the Talgo Awards for Technological Innovation will be divided into two categories as set out below:


⇒ RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY AWARD. In this category, projects that represent a technological advance whose application in railway operation will result in significant improvements will be valued.


⇒ MOBILITY AWARD. In this category, projects in a more global framework, such as mobility, will be evaluated. Projects related to industry 4.0, Big Data, security, accessibility, intermodality, circular economy, sustainability, digital transformation, user experience, passenger services, last mile services and cybersecurity will be valued.

Each of the two prizes of this edition will be endowed by:

Fifteen thousand euros (€15,000.00), for the person or group of persons presenting the winning project. In the event that the prize is awarded to a group of persons, the ORGANIZER shall distribute the prize equally among the group of persons who have submitted the project.

⇒ A commemorative sculpture.

Likewise, the author or authors of those works that the jury considers worthy of a mention of quality, may publish their project in a prestigious magazine related to the railway sector and mobility, with the expenses of such publication to be paid by the ORGANIZER.

The Awards are open to individuals of legal age (as individuals or as a group) or legal entities that submit works or projects in accordance with the provisions of these Rules and Regulations. There will be no limit to the number of projects submitted per individual, legal entity or group of individuals. The same person may submit projects in both categories and be the winner in both categories. Proposals may be submitted by both Spanish nationals and internationals.

The call for applications will be open from February 1, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. until June 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m., and will be open exclusively from February 1, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. until June 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

To participate in either of the two categories, the form found on the website ( must be completed. The projects and papers must be submitted in digital format and should preferably be written in Spanish; alternatively, they may be presented in English.


The Selection Committee chosen by TALGO will analyze and evaluate the projects submitted by the participants within the deadline and will choose those that, according to the criteria described below, should be considered as potential winners.

If the Selection Committee deems it necessary, it will request and summon deserving finalists for a public defense of their proposal and/or expansion of the information presented. Refusal to participate in this public defense or failure to appear at the defense will result in the participant’s resignation to continue participating in this edition of the awards.


An Official Jury made up of prestigious personalities will choose, from among the works and projects previously selected by the Selection Committee, those that, according to the criteria described below, deserve to be the winners. The decision of the Official Jury shall be final.

TALGO reserves the right to declare the call totally or partially void in the event that it considers that none of the projects presented satisfy or fulfill the criteria formulated.

The Jury will value positively the following criteria in both categories, although they are not obligatory:

⇒ INNOVATION. Use of new technologies, novelties or modification of elements that confer an added value not previously obtained.

⇒ IMPACT. Potential of the project with respect to the proposed or related objectives.

⇒ RELATIONSHIP WITH RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY. In both categories, the relationship of the proposal with railway technology and, especially, with TALGO technology, will be positively evaluated.

In compliance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016, as well as the applicable national regulations on data protection, Organic Law 3/2018 of 5 December on the Protection of Personal Data and Guarantee of Digital Rights, you are hereby informed of the basic elements of the processing of your personal data:

Responsible for the treatment:

PATENTES TALGO, S.L.U., with address in Las Matas, Paseo del Tren TALGO nº 2, Las Rozas, Madrid. Tel: +34 91 431 85 96

Purpose of treatment:

a) its participation in this and subsequent editions of the Talgo Technological Innovation Awards, as well as to inform it of the announcement of the awards,

b) the management and delivery of the prizes in case of winning,

c) the dissemination of the awarding of the prizes in the event that their project is chosen as a winner or finalist,

d) any dissemination or promotional action of the prize both during the term of the present and future editions.


The consent of the interested party to participate as an applicant for the Award, as well as the fiscal and tax regulations applicable to it.

Type of data:

Name and Surname, ID card or equivalent identity document, contact telephone number, contact e-mail, academic degree, University where he/she has studied, Department to which he/she belongs, position, time in current position, years of seniority in the Company / Organization, awards obtained in the scope of the Award, or in any other, image.

Data recipients:

PATENTES TALGO S.L.U. and affiliated companies of this one, within the purpose described above, for the correct management of the Prize.

International transfers:


Conservation period:

For the duration of the processing of the Awards and, once it has been completed, the interested party authorizes Talgo to keep his/her data indefinitely for the sole purpose of being included in its Annual Reports and corporate publications, limited to his/her image and name and surname. In addition, in application of Law 10/2010 on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, your data will be retained by law for a period of 10 years, exclusively for the purposes of these regulations.

Rights of the interested party:

⇒ Access to data: obtain confirmation of whether or not the data is being processed.

⇒ Rectification: to obtain without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him/her.

⇒ Cancellation: to obtain without undue delay from the controller the deletion of personal data concerning him/her.

⇒ Limiting the processing of your data: limit the processing operations that in each case would correspond, although the data will continue to be stored in the files intended for this purpose.

⇒ Opposition to processing: to oppose the use of any personal data for a specific purpose, without prejudice to those that are essential for the purpose.

⇒ Claim before the AEPD, in case your requests are not met.

How to exercise your rights:

You can exercise your rights of access, rectification, suppression, limitation of the treatment, portability of the data and opposition before the person in charge of the treatment directing your request in writing with the reference “Personal Data” to TALGO or by sending an e-mail with the same reference to specifying which right you wish to exercise.

Response time:

We will respond to requests within a maximum of one month from receipt of the request. This period may be extended for a further two months, if necessary, depending on the complexity and number of applications. The person in charge shall inform the interested party of the extension within one month of the request.


The awarding of these Prizes does not entail any commitment for TALGO in relation to the application, development or implementation of the winning project or work. Nevertheless, and in relation to the selected finalist projects, TALGO may offer to the author or authors of the same the possibility that TALGO takes charge of the expenses of the realization and Presentation of the corresponding Patent, being in any case the author or authors the ones who will take the final decision in this respect. If such collaboration is chosen, TALGO would be the owner of the patent and the rights of the same in the terms agreed between the parties, recognizing at all times by TALGO the authorship of such Patent. Therefore, unless otherwise agreed, the rights to the projects will belong to the participants.

Participation implies acceptance of these Rules, and expressly submit to the interpretations made by the promoters. The Promoters reserve the right to change, suspend or cancel the conduct of the Awards based on the needs of the Awards. The interpretation and enforcement of the Rules shall be governed by Spanish law. The Courts and Tribunals of the city of Madrid shall be competent to hear any disputes that may arise as a result of this Promotion.

The prizes will be paid by TALGO to a representative of each of the winning projects by bank transfer to the account expressly designated by the winners.

In the event that any of the prizes is awarded to a public administration, entity, body or organization, with the exception of Universities, the winning entity will have a period of one month to choose an Association or Foundation (public or private and outside a political party), to which to donate the full amount of the prize, with the aim of promoting research in any of its fields.

Once chosen, it must be communicated to TALGO for approval. Since then, the winner will have another week to make the transfer to the beneficiary organization, which must issue a donation receipt to the winner. Both the donation receipt and the transfer receipt must be sent to TALGO by the winner.

The delivery of the prizes will be made within two months from the date of delivery of the prizes, unless the payment details have not been provided to TALGO by the winners, in which case TALGO is not obliged to make any payment until it is clearly informed of where to proceed with the payment.

No member of the staff of TALGO or its Foundation will be eligible for the XXI Edition of the TALGO Awards for Technological Innovation. The members of the Selection Committee and the members of the Official Jury, as well as their relatives, are also ineligible.

A maximum of three calls is established to present a project. Those works that exceed this number will not be considered by the Selection Committee to be eligible for the award in any of its categories.

For any inquiries or questions, the contact email is: