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Learn more about the SAP Innovation Awards 2020 program


What is new/different about the Innovation Awards program in 2020?

For the 2020 program, we have made several changes.

·      Entries opened earlier on May 7, 2019 and close earlier on Jan 3rd, 2020 

·      Participants from non-eligible countries can participate for a chance to be selected as winners; however, they are not eligible to win the SAPPHIRE NOW pass.

·      3 additional countries eligible: Swaziland, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia

·      Entry form for 2020 is excel format and must be attached in excel format when submitting entries.

·      Pitch deck attachment must be uploaded as PPT format when submitting entries to allow the award team to correct SAP product names.

·      New requirements for proof of concept (POC) and SAP Partner submissions

o   Customer POCs – Must be using at least one of the following advanced technologies: 3D printing, blockchain, IoT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Conversational AI, Robotic Process Automation, Data Anonymization, Augmented Analytics

o   Partner Submissions – Have developed an application that extends SAP’s intelligent suite using intelligent technologies or digital platform and successfully deployed in production (go-live) by at least one customer or verified (POC) validated by at least one customer using at least one of the advanced technologies: 3D printing, blockchain, IoT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Conversational AI, Robotic Process Automation, Data Anonymization, Augmented Analytics

 

What is the timeline for the SAP Innovation Awards?

7th May 2019

Entries Open

3rd January 2020

Entries Close

17th February 2020

Announce Finalists

18th March 2020

Announce Winners

May 2020

SAPPHIRE NOW

June – December 2020

Continued engagement and exposure for award winners and finalists

 

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 list of countries are eligible for the SAP Innovation Awards 2020:

 

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (Excluding Quebec), Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,  Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Swaziland, 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 have been developed and intended to be sold to 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 the prizes.

 

What are the prizes available to winners of the award?

20 SAPPHIRE NOW passes are up for grabs.

 

A judging panel will select the 20 winners. Each winner will be awarded one complimentary pass to SAPPHIRE NOW 2020 and a trophy. Note: 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.

 

How are winners selected?

Finalists will be reviewed and scored by a panel of judges selected by SAP. The panel will include SAP employees, thought-leaders, influencers, and community members. As the judges are confirmed, a short profile for each participating judge 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. They will receive a trophy, certificate, winners SAP community badge, and be included in all award winner communications and promotional activities however, they will not receive a SAPPHIRE NOW pass.

 

What are the judging criteria for the Innovation Awards?

The 2020 judging criteria are:

·      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 technology and innovative approaches to transform its new business model, reengineer a business process(es), reimagine work, or deliver delightful experiences to customers and/or employees? Does the project and the associated outcomes showcase the power and potential of SAP’s intelligent suite, intelligent platform, or experience management?

 

Who can submit an entry?

 

For Best Run Leader, Experience Innovator, Technology Disruptor, Business Transformation Champion, Cloud Genius, Adoption Superhero: SAP customers with live deployments of SAP products

 

In addition, for Technology Disruptor:

SAP customers with POC (Proof of Concept) if they are using at least one advanced technology: 3D printing, blockchain, IoT, machine learning, artificial intelligence, conversational AI, robotic process automation, data anonymization, augmented analytics

SAP partners with applications that involve SAP’s intelligent suite, intelligent technologies or digital platform if they use at least one advanced technology listed above

 

Note: If a partner’s entry is about using SAP products for their own benefit, then the partner must select “SAP Customer” in the field “Relationship to SAP “in the entry form.

 

How can SAP Partners Participate?

1)   On behalf of Customers

·      Showcase how a customer is using SAP products to innovate

·      Describe your role and contribution as the partner in the project

·      Customer is Participant and will be competing for the award. Partner will be recognized if customer wins.

·      LIVE deployments will be competing for Best Run Leader, Experience Innovator, Technology Disruptor, Business Transformation Champion, Cloud Genius and Adoption Superhero awards

·     POCs using at least one advanced technology (3D printing, blockchain, IoT, machine learning, artificial intelligence, conversational AI, robotic process automation, data anonymization, augmented analytics) will be competing for Technology Disruptor award

2)   Partners as Customers

·   Using SAP products for your own benefit

·   Partner is Participant and will be competing for the award. Be sure to enter “SAP Customer” in entry form field “Relationship to SAP”

·   LIVE deployments will be competing for the Best Run Leader, Experience Innovator, Technology Disruptor, Business Transformation Champion, Cloud Genius and Adoption Superhero awards

·    Live deployments and POCs will be competing for Technology Disruptor award

3)   Partner Application

·   Developed an application that involves SAP’s intelligent suite, intelligent technologies, or digital platform deployed (Live) / verified (POC) by at least one customer using at least one advanced technology (3D printing, blockchain, IoT, machine learning, artificial intelligence, conversational AI, robotic process automation, data anonymization, augmented analytics)

·   Partner is Participant competing for the Technology Disruptor award

 

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 above) and

·   Confirm in the entry form that the customer has consented to participate.

·   Note that the SAP Innovation Awards team will be sending the participant an email if entry is published/selected as finalist or winner and you as submitter will be cc’ed.

 

How do I submit an entry?

Participants interested in entering should download the Entry Form and the Pitch Deck template.

 

Entrants must complete all fields in the Entry Form and prepare their Pitch Deck. The completed Entry Form (excel format), Pitch Deck (PPT format), company logos, and Participant’s photograph must then be submitted on the submission page.

 

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 Technology Disruptor award 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 of participating in the award program for SAP customers.

 

Celebrate your project success

·      Win bragging rights for you and your team with a trophy for your office and a badge to use on social media sites

·      Earn a FREE pass to SAPPHIRE NOW if selected as one of 20 award winners

·      Get support from SAP to create and promote your innovation story

·      Gain global recognition as an innovation leader

 

Share your expertise in exclusive promotional opportunities at SAPPHIRE NOW and beyond

·      Engage with SAP executives at an exclusive celebration event

·      Get your photo and company logo promoted at SAPPHIRE NOW and social channels

·      Share your success on live-streamed videos at SAPPHIRE NOW

·      Schedule a professional interview (for SAP branded success story, thought leadership paper, or blog)

·      Be introduced to press and analyst representatives for articles and research publications

·      Speak at events (SAP and Partner) or online (webinar/podcasts)

 

Extend your network and do good

·      Connect with prominent business leaders and SAP executives

·      Improve people’s lives – SAP will donate $100 to charity for each verified eligible entry

·      Create new opportunities for you (beyond your current role) and your enterprise

 

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; use to build credibility with your customers

·      Benefit from jointly developed customer content published on sap.com and on your website

·      Earn a FREE pass to SAPPHIRE NOW if selected as one of 20 award winners

 

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 own innovative solutions and your role as a trusted partner helping your customers to innovate

·      Take advantage of the many opportunities to tell your customers’ stories through the SAP Innovation Award (online / social media, SAPPHIRE NOW 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

·      Win bragging rights over peers with validation of innovation leadership from SAP

·      Gain exposure and opportunities to interact with SAP executives

 

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 – 2019 and previous years. Submissions for the 2020 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 2 charities:

·        BlueRoseCompass

Blue Rose Compass (BRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifted young refugees the opportunity to develop their talents and become agents of change in the world. They travel to conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America to identify young adults – especially, though not exclusively, girls – who have exceptional academic talent and leadership qualities. They help them to apply to top universities and to find work when they graduate. Among other criteria, candidates for BRC Scholarships must be either living in a refugee camp or otherwise displaced by conflict and committed to finding ways in which they can use the opportunity of an education to contribute to peace and rebuilding in their region of origin. https://bluerosecompass.org/

·        Teach For All

Meaningful, sustainable change requires leaders who are rooted in their local culture, challenges, and opportunities and who believe in the potential of children and their communities. Teach For All is developing collective leadership to improve education and expand opportunity for all children, so they can shape a better future for themselves and the world around them. Teach For All is a network of 53 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations and a global organization. Each network partner recruits and develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations’ under-resourced schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential.  https://teachforall.org/

 

Where can the SAP Innovation Awards logos be downloaded?

The SAP Innovation Awards logos can be downloaded by clicking on the following links

·    2019 & General SAP Innovation Awards logos and

·    2020 SAP Innovation Awards logos

 

 

 

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