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.
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.
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.
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.
3. PHASE III: Final Round
3.1. Phase III: Case Presentation
3.2. Internship Opportunities
Once Schneider Electric has reviewed the participant synopses, the top 10 teams will be announced. These teams will be flown to USA to participate in the finals in October 2018.
The 10 teams will be invited to 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.
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.