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What is Da Vinci?

Innovation is core to JLL’s culture. Our employees are constantly generating new solutions, best practices and potential products. The Da Vinci Awards were created in 2003 to honor the game changers and the visionaries.

The Da Vinci program is critical for JLL because it’s designed to create new ways to drive value for our clients. One of our ambitions as a company is to nurture a culture of continuous innovation, and the Da Vinci Awards are an outstanding example of that drive.

Greg O’Brien, CEO, Americas.

Each year, out of hundreds of submissions, we select six to eight gold winners who have the unique opportunity to pitch their ideas to our executive judging panel during an event that is broadcast live to all JLL employees. In addition to a cash prize and the opportunity to scale their ideas around the world, they can connect with executive committee members and compete for future investment.

One of the winning solutions in 2018, JLL InSite, enables workplace and space planning, 3D walk-through visualization and budgeting, while the other winner, Flexible Lease Essentials, provides flexible, scalable lease administration and critical date management services. (Read more about the 2018 awards.)

JLL Americas CEO Greg O’Brien (center) with the Da Vinci award-winning Flexible Lease Administration team.

JLL Americas CEO Greg O’Brien (second from left) with the Da Vinci award-winning JLL InSite team.

Alec Humphries, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Product Development and Da Vinci Global Lead, says Da Vinci has “become part of JLL’s innovative DNA. It allows us to harness the entrepreneurial spirit and power of all 80,000 JLL employees in order to execute our leadership’s strategic vision and direction of our company. This unique approach is something that does not exist in our industry today, and has dramatically impacted our employees, our clients and our firm."


Watch the story of Dave Crowell (2017 Da Vinci winner)

Ideas fuel our ambitions

At JLL, employees are encouraged to chase big ideas, knowing that their creativity is supported, their vision is valued and their drive never goes unnoticed.

Our Innovation & Product Development (IPD) platform is what brings big ideas to life. By facilitating continuous innovation, IPD helps develop new solutions for JLL clients and crowd source best practices that come from our employees. Their innovative ideas not only save our clients more than $200 million each year and have contributed more than $800 million in revenue to JLL, but were one of many pieces of JLL’s Innovation program that received CoreNet's coveted 2016 H. Bruce Russell Innovator's Award

Because we're so proud, we host the Da Vinci Awards to source and share our employees' top ideas. What started as a simple, celebratory dinner in 2003 has grown into a global program recognizing the year's best innovators.

Explore our past Da Vinci winners