Rules & Conditions

I. Vision & Objectives

For 180 years Schneider Electric has been committed to changing the way we access energy. As a global specialist in energy management, with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including utilities & infrastructures, machine manufacturers, non-residential buildings, data centres & networks, and in residential buildings. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 170,000 plus employees achieved revenues of over 24.7 billion euros in 2016 through an active commitment to helping individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

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Schneider Electric’s international business case challenge (the “Contest”), also called Go Green in the City, aims at supporting the emergence of innovative solutions to meet future challenges in intelligent energy.

The Contest is organized in three steps, with each step followed by a period of review, assessment and selection who will move onto the next stage in the competition.

  1. Phase I – Submission of the Initial Application will run from February 8, 2018 – June 1, 2018 (as defined below).
  2. Phase II – Semi-finals, as defined below, will run until September 3, 2018.
  3. Phase III – The Final Round will run until the final presentations in November 2018.

The Final award will be announced by the jury upon the conclusion of the Final presentations during November 2018.

II. Eligibility

Only university students eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of submission of the Initial Application are permitted to submit their proposals.

Students worldwide must be registered in a bachelor’s (at least the 2nd year), master’s or MBA program of business or engineering are eligible to compete in the Contest.

The Contest is open exclusively to individual students in teams of two, of which at least one team member is female. Both of the team members must study in the same country for the duration of the competition. They are not, however, required to be from the same university, nor are they required to study the same subject or be in the same year, as long as they are not in their first year of their undergraduate education. Likewise, the students are not required to be permanent residents or nationals of the country in which they are studying in order to compete. Should an individual student Entrant be disqualified, that Entrant’s team will no longer be able to participate.

Schneider Electric’s customers, their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, and their respective employees, officers, directors, representatives, agents, consultants, contractors and their family members are not eligible to participate. Schneider Electric reserves the right to limit, or restrict upon notice, participation in the Contest to any person who fails to comply with these Rules and Conditions.

III. Submission Guidelines

1. HOW TO ENTER
1.1. Phase I: Initial Application

You must register for the competition as an individual. However, to submit a full application you must also register as a team of two.

    Accepted formats for the initial application:

  • Text description: .doc or .pdf format, max. 500 words, 12-size Arial or Times New Roman font, file size max. 15 MB
  • Infographic: .ppt or .pdf format, max. 4 slides/pages including 1 cover slide, file size max. 15 MB

Make sure to clearly state your objectives and ideas for a solution to any of the world’s energy problems, or one of the Schneider Electric’s four business case challenges. Be creative!

Deadline to submit your case solution is June 1, 2018, 12 PM (noon) GMT. Check what the deadline time is in your country.

Initial Applications must be submitted online in plain English. In submitting the application, the applicant accepts these Rules and Conditions (RAC) and the rules governing the submission of the application form available online at www.gogreeninthecity.com by each team. Each individual applicant is allowed to enter the Contest as a part of only one team and to submit only one Initial Application.

1.2. Important Notice

Initial Applications for Phase I shall be treated as a confidential, non-public disclosure according to various applicable national patent laws for the duration of Phase I and Phase II. By submitting an Initial Application, each team’s Entrants understand that after Phase II all such submissions will no longer be maintained on a confidential basis by Schneider Electric, and Entrants understand the potential impact of and agree to allow Schneider Electric the right to publicly disclose their Initial Application or any document based on, or derived from their Initial Application. Each Entrant agrees that by submitting their Initial Application they waive any claim relating to confidentiality against Schneider Electric for any disclosure or use of confidential information provided to Schneider Electric by any Entrant.

As permitted by applicable relevant law, by submitting the Initial Application, each team Entrant agrees to assign its Intellectual Property Rights related to the Initial Application to Schneider Electric. (Where compliance with local law dictates that additional requirements be met, such compliance will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.) If an Entrant has sold or otherwise committed their idea to a third party, or has obtained or is in the process of obtaining any granted Patent or pending Patent application relating to their Initial Application, whether before or after submitting their Initial Application, each Entrant shall notify Schneider Electric of such event upon submitting the Initial Application (indicating whether such activity is with the prior knowledge or involvement of Schneider Electric) and Entrant hereby a) grants a worldwide, non-exclusive, fully sub-licensable, royalty-free, transferable license (including the right to sub-license) to make, have made, use, import, and directly or indirectly sell and offer to sell, and otherwise distribute and dispose of any product or any service under any Patent based on information described in the Initial Application and b) irrevocably agrees to not assert such Patent against Schneider Electric, its affiliates, distributors, customers and/or clients for the manufacture, use, import, offer for sale, or sale of any product and/or service and the use of any method employed in the manufacture, distribution or use. Each Entrant agrees not to initiate any such action (i.e. filing for a patent application on or committing or licensing any IP rights in their Initial Application) after submission of the Initial Application, without first obtaining the prior formal written consent of Schneider Electric. If an Entrant has any contractual or employment relationship with any other entity, such shall be disclosed upon application.

Initial Applications shall be valid only if the Participation Form is submitted by all the entrants of the team before the end of the submission phase: June 1, 2018, on the Go Green in the City website.

1.3. Selection for Phase II

The jury, composed of Schneider Electric managers, will select regional semi-finalists. All Initial Applications are evaluated on the same basis.

All the participants will be informed about their selection status via the contact details provided when entering the Contest.

    The most important selection criteria include:

  • Innovation: does the proposal introduce a new, creative, innovative, unique and/or compelling solution to the case?
  • Feasibility: is the proposed idea both technically and economically feasible for implementation? How does it fit in with Schneider Electric’s current mission?
2. PHASE II: Semi-Finals
2.1. Phase II: Top teams selected as semi-finalists

If your team is one of the regional top teams selected by Schneider Electric to proceed to Phase II, you will be asked to present a 1000-word synopsis of the case based on your initial idea for intelligent energy management in a city. In addition, each team should also submit a 2-minute video case presentation.

The presented idea needs to be a clear evolution of the idea you submitted in Phase I. Selected teams will be assigned a mentor from the Schneider Electric team. The mentor will coach the team and help them to evolve their synopsis.

The deadline for the synopsis and video presentation submission follows regional timelines.

2.2. Mentoring

Each team qualified for Phase II will be coached by a mentor who is an employee of Schneider Electric. The mentor’s task is to support and challenge the realization of the team’s solution. Interactions between the mentor and their assigned team will be made by phone and e-mail or Skype. The frequency and mode of communication between the mentor and their assigned team will be decided by the mentor, taking into consideration preferences of both parties.

2.3 Selection to Phase III

A new jury, composed of Schneider Electric managers, will select up to 10 of the most promising business cases from the previously selected set for Phase II. All the participants will be informed about their qualification status via the contact details provided when entering the Contest.

    The most important judging criteria include:

  • Innovation: how does the idea introduce a new, creative, innovative, unique and/or compelling solution related to the case?
  • Technical feasibility: how feasible is it to implement your proposal from a technical perspective?
  • Economic feasibility: how does it fit in with Schneider Electric’s current business scope?
3. PHASE III: Final Round
3.1. Phase III: Case Presentation
  • Once Schneider Electric has reviewed the participant synopses, the top 10 teams will be announced. These teams will be flown to Atlanta, Georgia, USA to participate in the finals in November 2018.
  • The 10 teams will be invited to Atlanta, Georgia, USA by Schneider Electric to present the case challenge solutions for intelligent energy management that they have worked on with their mentors.
  • All selected individual finalists are guaranteed an interview for internship positions with Schneider Electric.
  • A final jury panel, composed of Schneider Electric’s executive leaders, will judge the final presentations.
  • The selected teams for Phase III will have to provide support material for a live oral presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the jury panel.
  • After the oral presentations of all 10 finalist teams, the jury will choose one team as a winner, which will be announced at the end of the Final day of the event.

    The most important judging criteria at this stage are:

  • Feasibility: how feasible is it to implement this proposal from a business perspective?
  • Profitability: what is the return on investment? How much are customers ready to pay for the solution? How is the solution differentiated and how can this be valued?
  • Solution Innovation: How creative is it compared to currently available solutions?
3.2. Internship Opportunities

Interviews for internships are guaranteed for the regional semi-finalists qualifying for Phase I. The interviews will be conducted by the HR team of the respective Schneider Electric office in the home country of the participants.

Note: Schneider Electric’s policies for internships are specific to each country and Schneider does not guarantee any internship positions or offers, but only the guarantee of an interview.

IV. Winning Team

  • By the end of final round, one winning team will be selected.
  • The winning team will be given the opportunity to travel to an additional two countries (after the final event) in which Schneider Electric has the available resources. The team will have the opportunity to visit Schneider Electric’s offices, network with employees and interact with high level management.
  • The two winning team members will be extended a job offer within Schneider Electric, in accordance with the availability of open positions. At this stage, the two winning team members have the possibility to accept or reject Schneider Electric’s proposal, and thus Schneider Electric shall not be held liable should the two winning team members wish not to accept the offer extended.
  • Schneider Electric will not guarantee the country of the job opportunity nor the functional area.
  • In addition, Schneider Electric and/or its Affiliates will evaluate further the industrialization of the winning concept and subject to normal business considerations the potential to commercialize the solution. In any manner, none of the above shall be construed as an obligation for Schneider Electric and/or any of its Affiliates to industrialize/ commercialize the winning concepts and/or recruit any of the Entrants.
  • The winning team will be given the opportunity to travel further to an additional 2 countries (after the final event) in which Schneider Electric may have the available resources, and have the opportunity to visit Schneider Electric’s offices, network with employees and be greeted by high level management.

V. Intellectual Property

Once submitted, Entrants waive all rights to any intellectual property (IP) rights in the submitted Initial Application, as permitted by applicable law. (Where compliance with local law dictates that additional requirements be met, such compliance will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.) Schneider Electric may, at its sole discretion, file one or more patent applications based on an Initial Application, Semi-Final or Final submission and/or any derivatives thereof. Each Entrant agrees to cooperate with Schneider Electric in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of any such patent application, including completing any requested documentation related to the patent application, such as an assignment of patent rights to Schneider Electric. If Schneider Electric elects to file a patent application based on an Initial Application, Semi-Final or Final submission and Entrant cooperates with Schneider Electric as described above, Entrant shall be eligible for consideration to receive a patent award in a monetary amount equal to the patent award that would be received by an employee of Schneider Electric from the same country as Entrant. Schneider Electric may, at its sole discretion, file one or more trademark applications based on an Initial Application, Semi-Final or Final submission and/or any derivatives thereof. Each Entrant agrees to cooperate with Schneider Electric in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of any such trademark application, including completing any requested documentation related to the trademark application, such as an assignment of trademark rights to Schneider Electric. Schneider Electric may, at its sole discretion, publish a document based on an Initial Application, Semi-Final or Final submission and/or any derivatives thereof, such as a paper, report, presentation, or summary. Each Entrant agrees to cooperate with Schneider Electric in the preparation of any such document, including completing any requested documentation related to the document, such as an assignment of copyrights to Schneider Electric.

VI. Conditions of Participation

Please read carefully the legal notices available on the website www.gogreeninthecity.com By registering the application form on the Contest website, each Entrant must check the checkbox to acknowledge their understanding of all Rules and Conditions of the Contest and further agree to those Rules and Conditions.

VII. Contest Modification

By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in these Rules and Conditions, or the Contest itself, and agree to be bound by these Rules and Conditions by all decisions of Schneider Electric, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these Rules and Conditions may result in disqualification from this Contest. Schneider Electric reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Contest and/or these Rules and Conditions without advance notice for any reason. Any changes to the Rules and Conditions will be posted on the Rules and Conditions page of the Contest website and an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address of each Entrant used to enter the Contest. Schneider Electric and its representatives reserve the right to make changes to any elements of this Contest, or these official Rules and Conditions at any time with or without notice. Schneider Electric further reserves the right to postpone, amend or modify the Contest for any reason, in the sole discretion of Schneider Electric.

The Rules and Conditions of the Contest have been officially registered by Olivier BRISSE – Marie-Josèphe BOUVET – Jérôme LLOPIS, Huissiers de Justice Associés, 354, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 PARIS, France and are available by simple request at no cost (postage cost reimbursed upon presentation of a written request to the address indicated (Schneider Electric «Go Green in the City», 35 rue Joeph Monier, 92506 Rueil Malmaison, France).

VIII. Governing Law and Definitions

1. Governing Law

The laws of France, without regard to conflicts of law, shall construe any issue concerning the construction, validity and enforcement of these official Rules and Conditions, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and Schneider Electric.

2. Definitions

“Intellectual Property” or “IPR” means any and all intellectual property rights including all of the following and all rights in, arising out of, or associated therewith: (i) procedures, designs, inventions, and discoveries; (ii) works of authorship, copyrights and other rights in works of authorship; (iii) mask work rights, (iv) know-how, show-how and trade secrets on a worldwide basis, and (v) all Patents issued or issuable thereon, and all trademarks, trade names, or other forms of corporate or product identification.

“Patents” means all classes or types of patents (including, without limitation, originals, divisions, continuations, continuations-in-part, extensions or reissues) and applications for these classes or types of patent rights in all countries of the world.

Appendix I – Application Form

1. All persons involved in the preparation of the Initial Application shall be identified below. Any Initial Application submitted without such form being duly submitted by the date of closure June 1, 2018, shall be disqualified and discarded and will not be reviewed by Schneider Electric. Application form to only be submitted online for each team member on an individual basis.

Name:
Middle name:
Surname:
Gender:
Birth year:
Postal mail address:
City:
Zip code:
Email address:
Phone number incl. country code:
University:
Country of studies:
Occupation:
Education level/ highest degree attained (Bachelor’s, Master’s or MBA):
Major:
Specialization:
Expected date of graduation:

Use of information

We will use any personal information submitted in accordance with the Sqore’s’ Terms & Conditions.

2. EITHER include text document (.doc or .pdf format, max. 500 words, 12-size Arial or Times New Roman font, file size max. 15MB.) OR an infographic illustration of your idea (.pdf or .ppt format, max. 4 slides/pages incl. cover slide/page, file size max. 15 MB)

By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions, you agree to abide by the Sqore’s Terms & Conditions in relation to your use of Sqore’s website.

By entering this Contest, you consent to the use by the organizers of the Contest of all images, text, videos and other materials that you submit for any purpose, in any media, for an unlimited period, without remuneration, in accordance with the Sqore’s Terms & Conditions.