Andrew Low was technology director at offshore engineering specialist Intecsea when, in 2017, the company held a “FedEx Day” — a 24-hour hackathon for engineering teams to work on and deliver a proposal for any technology they wanted, provided it fit within the company’s core business.

The exercise generated about 300 proposals, and while it may have been a day of lost revenue, Low recalls, it produced something less tangible but of no less value.

“What we wanted to do was create an environment that would allow people to feel they are really contributing, and we got the full engagement of teams everywhere,” says Low, now senior director of the Technology Ventures arm of Intecsea’s parent company, Worley.