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Learn more about the SAP Innovation Awards 2021 program


What is new and different about the Innovation Awards program for 2021?
For the 2021 program, we have made several changes, including:
 
1.  Submissions will close on February 1st, 2021
 
2.  New online self-assessment form. Now it is easier to check if you are eligible to participate in the 2021 awards and it will only take 2 minutes. Click here to take the self-assessment
 
3.  Simplified submission process. Replaced the excel entry form with an online form that includes the ability to save a draft of the submission before sending it, and to come back for additional updates. Click here to access the new entry form  
 
4.  Seven categories updated to reflect new business realities and priorities
 
5.  Newly added eligible countries: Belarus, Brazil, Croatia, Italy, Nigeria
 
6.  New requirements for proof of concept (POC):
 
Customer POCs – Must be using at least one of the following advanced technologies: Machine learning or artificial intelligence Robotic process automation, conversational AI, AI-based knowledge graph, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Intelligent data management (Multi-cloud, data virtualization and governance, smart data tiering, persistent memory, data privacy), Advanced and augmented analytics (real-time and steaming analytics, special analytics, Natural language query and generation, AutoML to identify trends, patterns and outliers, Predictive analytics (time series analytics and forecasting, regression, classification), Data and analytics solutions in the cloud (Unified data and analytics cloud platforms by SAP, Modern/self-service data to analytics), Advanced cloud integration (API economy - monetization and API marketplaces), AI-based or crowdsourced integration, High throughput, low latency digital integration hub), Industry cloud platform or 3D Printing
 
7.  New requirements for SAP Partner submissions:
  • Submit on behalf of your customers. In this case the end customer will be the one eligible for prizes and the partner will be recognized. Submit a developed next-gen application using at least one of the advanced technologies: Machine learning or artificial intelligence Robotic process automation, conversational AI, AI-based knowledge graph, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Intelligent data management (Multi-cloud, data virtualization and governance, smart data tiering, persistent memory, data privacy), Advanced and augmented analytics (real-time and steaming analytics, special analytics, Natural language query and generation, AutoML to identify trends, patterns and outliers, Predictive analytics (time series analytics and forecasting, regression, classification), Data and analytics solutions in the cloud (Unified data and analytics cloud platforms by SAP, Modern/self-service data to analytics), Advanced cloud integration (API economy - monetization and API marketplaces), AI-based or crowdsourced integration, High throughput, low latency digital integration hub), Industry cloud platform or 3D Printing
  • Submit an SAP customer in this case partner is using SAP technology in their own organization.

 

What is the timeline for the SAP Innovation Awards?
3rd August, 2020 Submissions Open
1st February, 2021 Submissions Close
2nd February - 12th March, 2021 Finalist Selection
17th March, 2021 Finalist Announcement
15th March - 9th April, 2021 Winners Judging
14th April, 2021 Announce Winners
 
Which countries are eligible to participate in the Innovation Awards?

Each year the innovation awards team works with legal counsel to expand the list of eligible countries i.e., verify local laws governing contests. The following five countries: Brazil, Belarus, Croatia, Italy, and Nigeria, have been added as eligible countries this year. And, the following list of countries are eligible for the SAP Innovation Awards 2021:

 

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada (excluding Quebec), Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,  Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, eSwatini, Sweden, Switzerland,  Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

 

Additionally, the application that is the subject of the Entry must be deployed in an Eligible Country or has been developed and intended to be sold, and used by customers in an Eligible Country.

 

Companies with deployments in non-eligible countries may participate in the awards and stand a chance to be selected as winners and receive a trophy. However, they are not eligible to win any of monetary the prizes.

What are the prizes available to winners of the award?
 A judging panel will select 20 winners. Each winner will be awarded with a trophy and one complimentary pass to SAPPHIRE NOW 2021 OR $1,000 USD donation gift card to Global Giving (in the event of SAPPHIRE NOW not occurring.).
 
In addition, winners will be offered several opportunities to participate in promotional activities such as podcasts, events, videos, media /analysis interviews, social media, and more..
 
Note: Prizes are subject to change. Travel and expenses to attend SAPPHIRE NOW are not provided.
 
EXCLUSIONS:
Government and Government related entities employees are not eligible for the prize identified above, but may receive recognition for their achievements in the form of a trophy
Participants from non-eligible countries and or deployments in non-eligible countries are not eligible for the prize identified above, but may receive recognition for their achievements in a form of a trophy
Can a submission win more than one award?

Yes, a single submission can win multiple awards and would receive multiple trophies. However, a winning entry is entitled to a maximum of one (1) SAPPHIRE NOW pass or Global Giving gift card.

How are finalists and winners selected?
All entries will be reviewed and scored by a panel of judges, composed by SAP Experts, based on the judging criteria, that you can review here. After the 60 finalists are chosen, they are reviewed and scored by a new panel of judges, composed by SAP Experts and external thought-leaders, influencers, and community members that will select the 20 winners. Once those judges are confirmed, their profile will be published on the SAP Innovation Awards website.
 
Additionally, compelling submissions that do not get selected as winners will be formally acknowledged by the program as Honorable Mentions when winners are announced.
 
What are the judging criteria for the Innovation Awards?

The 2021 judging criteria is:

  • Use Case: How compelling and disruptive is the use case described in the entry? Does the use case involve a big idea and innovative approaches? Can it drive significant change?
  • Outcome: What was the result of the project? What is the magnitude of the outcome? What is the impact on individuals? How compelling are the quantified results?
  • Intelligent Enterprise: How well does the entry demonstrate the company’s journey to becoming an intelligent enterprise? Is the company effectively using advanced technologies and best practices to transform its business model, reengineer a business process(es), reimagine work, become more sustainable, or deliver delightful experiences to customers and/or employees? 
Who can submit an entry?
  • For all categories: SAP Customers with live deployment of SAP solutions
 
Note: SAP Partners that are using SAP solution within their own organization and are submitting those stories are considered SAP Customers for the purpose of the Awards, and should identify themselves as such in the entry form when selecting their relationship with SAP.
 
  • For Transformation Champion category:
SAP customers with POC (Proof of Concept) if they are using at least one advanced technology: Machine learning or artificial intelligence Robotic process automation, conversational AI, AI-based knowledge graph, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Intelligent data management (Multi-cloud, data virtualization and governance, smart data tiering, persistent memory, data privacy), Advanced, and augmented analytics (real-time and steaming analytics, special analytics, Natural language query and generation, AutoML to identify trends, patterns and outliers, Predictive analytics (time series analytics, and forecasting, regression, classification), Data and analytics solutions in the cloud (Unified data and analytics cloud platforms by SAP, Modern/self-service data to analytics), Advanced cloud integration (API economy (monetization and API marketplaces)), AI-based or crowdsourced integration, High throughput, low latency digital integration hub), Industry cloud platform or 3D Printing.
 
  • For Partner Paragon category:
SAP Partners that developed a next-gen app using at least one advanced technology: Machine learning or artificial intelligence Robotic process automation, conversational AI, AI-based knowledge graph, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Intelligent data management (Multi-cloud, data virtualization and governance, smart data tiering, persistent memory, data privacy), Advanced and augmented analytics (real-time and steaming analytics, special analytics, Natural language query and generation, AutoML to identify trends, patterns, and outliers, Predictive analytics (time series analytics, and forecasting, regression, classification), Data and analytics solutions in the cloud (Unified data and analytics cloud platforms by SAP, Modern/self-service data to analytics), Advanced cloud integration (API economy (monetization and API marketplaces), AI-based or crowdsourced integration, High throughput, low latency digital integration hub), Industry cloud platform or 3D Printing.
 
 
How can SAP Partners Participate?
For all categories, except Partner Paragon:
  • On behalf of your Customer:  By showcasing how your customer is using SAP products to innovate and describing your role and contribution as the partner in the project. In this case, the customer is the actual participant of the awards and will win the prizes in case the entry is selected, but partner will be recognized as well. 
  • As a Customer: When your organization is using SAP solutions internally for its own benefit.

 

For Partner Paragon category only:

  • As a Partner App Developer: When your organization has developed a next-gen application using at least one of the advanced technologies: Machine learning or artificial intelligence (Robotic process automation, conversational AI, AI-based knowledge graph, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Intelligent data management (Multi-cloud, data virtualization and governance, smart data tiering, persistent memory, data privacy), Advanced and augmented analytics (real-time and steaming analytics, special analytics, Natural language query and generation, AutoML to identify trends, patterns and outliers, Predictive analytics (time series analytics and forecasting, regression, classification, Data and analytics solutions in the cloud (Unified data and analytics cloud platforms by SAP, Modern/self-service data to analytics), Advanced cloud integration (APIeconomy (monetization and API marketplaces), AI-based or crowdsourced integration, High throughput, low latency digital integration hub), Industry cloud platform or 3D Printing.
Can a 3rd party submit on behalf of an SAP Customer?

Yes, 3rd parties, i.e., SAP partners and SAP employees, can submit on behalf of an SAP Customer. In the entry form, you must:

  • Enter the customer’s contact details as participant (competing for the awards and eligible for prizes)
  • Confirm in the entry form that the customer has agreed and provided consent to participate

 

 Note: The SAP Innovation Awards team will send the participant (customer) an email if entry is published/ selected as finalist or winner and the you, as submitter, will be copied. 

How do I submit an entry?
Participants interested in entering can submit by:
 
1.   Eligibility Self-Assessment (optional)
  • Use the online tool to check your submission eligibility before you start developing your Pitch Deck.
 
 2.   Prepare your Pitch Deck (required)
  • Maximize your chance of winning by submitting a compelling and well-structured story using the pitch deck template. Once posted, you can continually refine your Pitch Deck until the end of the submission period.
  • Use the pitch deck guidance document to help you structure your pitch deck. 

 

3. Create your SAP.com Account (required)

  • If you do not have an account created on sap.com, you will need to create one before accessing the online entry form (see next step).

 

4.   Submit your Entry (required)
  • Along with the Pitch Deck, you must also complete the online Entry Form with information about you (participant) and your company. It also includes promotional opportunities that you might like to participate in.
  • Remember to upload the pitch deck in PPT format, the company logo, an optional participant photo, and the participating SAP partner logo (if applicable).

 

 Each entry will be reviewed for eligibility. Qualified entries will be posted on the awards website. Entries must be in English.
Does the solution have to be live/deployed to qualify for an award?
Submissions must utilize one or more SAP products and be deployed in production (go-live.) The exception is for Transformation Champion and Partner Paragon categories as specified in “Who can submit an entry?”.
What languages do the innovation contest support?

While the winning entries can be in any language, the submissions i.e., Entry Form and Pitch Deck, must be in English.

What are the benefits of participating in the SAP Innovation Awards for a customer?
There are many benefits to participating in the award program for SAP customers.
Celebrate your project success
  • Gain global recognition as an innovation leader and claim sole bragging rights​
  • Win a trophy and prizes (see question "What are the prizes available to winners of the award?" for details), a virtual badge and other assets for promotion and social media​ 
  • Get support from SAP to create and promote your innovation story​

 

Share your expertise in exclusive promotional opportunities
  • Engage with SAP executives at a dedicated exclusive celebration event​ 
  • Get your brand amplified via Innovation Awards promotional materials ​ 
  • Participate in SAP activities such as webinars, podcasts, interviews, videos, blogs, social media, and more!

 

Extend your network and do good

  • Connect with your peers and other prominent business leaders ​​ 
  • Support social causes through charitable contributions of $100 per submission (up to a total of $20,000) on behalf of customers to different organizations worldwide ​
  • Improve people’s lives by donating the awarded $1,000 Global Giving gift card to one or more causes of their choice.(Note: The Global Giving gift card is valid only if SAPPHIRE NOW is not possible. Public sector companies and related public sector companies and entries from non-eligible countries are not eligible to receive the gift card). 
What are the benefits of participating in the SAP Innovation Awards for a partner?

There are many benefits of participating in the award program for SAP partners.

 

Promote your company’s innovation story

  • Gain global recognition as an innovation leader ​
  • Build credibility with their customers, prospects, and industry peers​
  • Win big prizes​


Promote your customer’s innovation story

  • Showcase your customer successes, amplify their story to a broad audience positioning them as leaders and innovators
  • ​ Promote your role as a trusted partner helping customers to innovate​ 
  • Take advantage of the many opportunities to tell your customers’ stories through the SAP Innovation Award (online/social media, SAPPHIRE NOW Reimagined activities, press and analyst opportunities, webinars, and podcasts) ​

 

Promote your innovative next-gen application to enter a market or capture an opportunity

  • Promote your innovative solution to SAP employees and SAP customers​
  • Gain bragging rights over peers with validation of innovation leadership from SAP​
  • Get exposure and opportunities to interact with SAP executives virtually
What are the special Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) for government entities and non-eligible countries?
  • Government and Government related entities employees may participate and are not eligible for the prize identified above, but may receive recognition for their achievements in the form of a trophy.
  •  Participants from non-eligible countries and/ or deployments in non-eligible countries may participate and are not eligible for the prize identified above, but may receive recognition for their achievements in a form of a trophy.
Where can I see examples of other Innovation Award entries?

All previous award winners are publicly available on the awards website –  from 2020 and previous years. Submissions for the 2021 awards will be posted on the website as soon as they are verified.

Which charities have been selected this year?
The SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team has selected the following two charities:
 
The Acumen Fund:
Acumen is a global community changing the way the world .tackles poverty. More than two billion people around the world lack access to basic goods and services—from clean water and electricity to education and the freedom to participate in the economy. Their vision is a world based on dignity, where every human being has the same opportunity. Rather than giving philanthropy away, they invest it in: Companies focused on serving low-income customers, Leaders with the courage and moral imagination to disrupt the status quo, Ideas that innovate and accelerate solutions to poverty. Since 2001 Acumen has invested 126M USD in 126 companies in 14 countries impacting 263M lives.
 
Global Business Coalition for Education:
The Global Business Coalition for Education is a movement of businesses committed to ending the global education crisis and unleashing the potential of the next generation. Their mission is to ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future. They are committed to bringing together the expertise and resources of the business community with the campaign for global education and Sustainable Development Goal 4. They serve as the business community’s social impact advisor, combining the expertise of education and business to develop customized programs and identify investments, partnerships, and opportunities that will have the greatest impact
Where can the SAP Innovation Awards logos be downloaded?
The SAP Innovation Awards logos can be downloaded by clicking on the following links
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