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Rules and Conditions

I. Vision / Objectives

About Schneider Electric: as a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine manufacturers, Non-residential buildings, Data centres & Networks, and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of almost 24 billion Euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. Click here to read more about Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric’s International Business Case Challenge contest (the “Contest”) aims at supporting the emergence of innovative solutions to meet the future challenges of intelligent energy.

The Contest is organized in three steps, each step being followed by a period of review, assessment and decision to decide on who is selected for the following step.

1. Phase I - Submission of Initial Application will be run from November 15, 2013 to February 15, 2014 (as defined hereinafter).

2. Phase II – Synopsis of Business Case as defined hereinafter will be run until March 31, 2014.

3. Phase III – Final Round will be run until Finals presentation on June 17-21, 2014.

The Final award will be announced at the end of Finals presentation in front of the Jury on June 21, 2014.

II. Eligibility

Only students aged eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of the submission of a Public Proposal are permitted to submit their proposals.

Only students registered in universities and higher education schools enrolled in the bachelor’s (at least the 2nd year), master’s or MBA program of business or engineering studies worldwide are eligible to compete in the Contest.

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. 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. Should an individual student Entrant be disqualified, that Entrant’s team will no longer be able to participate.

III. Submission Guidelines


1.1. Phase I: Initial Application

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

Accepted formats for the initial application:

  • Word or PDF (max. two A4 size sheets, max. 200 words, max. 15 MB).
  • PowerPoint presentation. This presentation may be in any form: images, collages, text or drawings – any way you like (max. two slides, max. 15 MB).

Make sure to clearly state your objectives and ideas for a solution to any of the world’s energy problems. You must explain why your team would be suitable participants in Schneider Electric’s case challenge. Be creative!

Submit a one page CV per team member and an individual personal statement where you explain why you would be a suitable participant in Go Green in the City and a good candidate for an internship with Schneider Electric, together with the competition application.

Deadline for your creative presentation is February 15, 2014.

Initial Applications must be submitted on-line in plain English, by accepting these Rules and Conditions (RAC) and submitting the application form available on-line at www.gogreeninthecity.com by each team.

1.2. Important Notice

Such Initial Applications for Phase I shall be treated as a confidential, non-public disclosure according to applicable various 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 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 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 any 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: February 15, 2014, on the “Go Green in the City” website.

1.3. Selection to Phase II

The jury, composed of Schneider Electric managers, will select at their sole discretion up to the top 100 Initial Applications. All Initial Applications are evaluated on the same basis.

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

The most important selection criteria include:

  • Innovation: does the proposal introduce a new, creative, innovative, unique and/or compelling solution relating to sustainable initiatives to reduce energy consumption?
  • Business Fit: how does it fit in with Schneider Electric’s current mission?

2. PHASE II: Synopsis of Business Case

2.1. Phase II: We Select Top Two-person Teams as Participants

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

Your case must present ideas for sustainable initiatives to reduce energy consumption. This can be achieved through increased efficient energy use, together with reduced energy consumption and/or reduced consumption from conventional energy sources. The presented idea needs to be similar to what you submitted in Phase I.

Your presentation should be a synopsis presenting the case you aim to solve and must not be longer than 800 words. Selected teams will be assigned a mentor from the Schneider Electric staff in their country. The mentor will help the team prepare the synopsis.

The deadline for the synopsis is March 31, 2014.

2.2. Mentoring

Each team qualified for the 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 Schneider Electric Business Case.

Interactions between the mentor and his/her assigned team will be made by phone and e-mail or Skype. Schedule and mode of communication between the mentor and his/her 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 at this stage up to the 12 most promising Business Cases.

All the participants will be informed about their qualification status via the contact details provided by them 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 relating to sustainable initiatives to reduce energy consumption?
  • Feasibility: how feasible is it to implement this proposal from a technical perspective?
  • Business Fit: How does it fit in with Schneider Electric’s current scope?

3. PHASE III: Final Round

3.1. Phase III: Business Case Presentation

  • Once Schneider Electric has reviewed the participant synopses the top 12 teams will be announced. These teams will be flown to Paris to participate in the June 17-21, 2014 finals.
  • The 12 teams will be invited by Schneider Electric to Paris for a five-day visit to present the business case 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 new jury panel, composed of Schneider Electric’s high level managers, will judge the oral presentations.
  • The selected teams to Phase III will have to provide support material for a live 15 minutes oral presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the Jury Panel.
  • After the oral presentations of all 12 finalist teams, the jury will choose one team as a winner, which will be announced at the end of the Final day of team presentations.

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 customers are ready to pay for the solution? How much is the solution differentiated and how this can be valued?

3.2. Internship Opportunities

Interviews for internships are guaranteed for the 12 teams qualifying for Phase III.

Then 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.

Please note that in this Contest we do not guarantee any internship positions or offers, but only the guarantee of an interview.

IV. Winning Team

  • By the end of Phase III, one Winning team is selected.
  • The winning team will be given the opportunity to travel to a further two countries (after France) in which Schneider Electric may have the available resources and have the opportunity to visit Schneider Electric’s offices there, network with employees and to be greeted by 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 not 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 such concept and subject to normal business considerations will potentially commercialize such solutions. In any manner, none of these 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.

V. Intellectual Property

Once submitted, Entrants waive all rights to any IP right in the submitted Initial Application as permitted by applicable law. (Where compliance with local law dictates that additional requirements be met, such 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 or Business Case 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 or Business Case 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 or Business Case 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 or Business Case 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 submission of the application form and any further requested submissions, each entrant thereby acknowledges they understand all rules and conditions of the contest and further agrees 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 RAC without advance notice for any reason. Any changes to the RAC 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 Entrants 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 RAC 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 February 15, 2014, 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 Studentcompetitions.com Terms & Conditions.

2. EITHER include document (Word or PDF, max. two A4 size sheets, max. 200 words, max. 15 MB) OR presentation (PPT, max. 2 slides, max. 15 MB)

3. Include CV (Word/PDF, max 1 page)

4. Include a personal statement (Word/PDF, max 1 page)

By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions, you agree to abide by the ‘Student Competitions’ Terms & Conditions in relation to your use of the Student Competitions 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 Student Competitions’ Terms & Conditions.

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