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Official Rules



1.      Introduction. The SAP Innovation Awards (the “Awards” or “Innovation Awards”) is a skill based contest in which Entrants (defined below) will submit an Entry Form and Pitch Deck (the combination of the Entry Form and Pitch Deck being an “Entry” or “Entries”) demonstrating

o   How a business organization that uses SAP products or services (an “SAP Customer(s)”) has successfully deployed a business application that utilizes any SAP software product, cloud based service, or other technology in its organization [The Digital Transformation, Industry Disruptor, Process Innovation, and Social Hero Awards]; or

o   In the case of the Next-Gen Innovator Awards [2 Customer Awards, and 2 Partner Awards],

1.      How an SAP Customer has developed an application (Proof of Concept) with an SAP technology using at least one of the following emerging technologies or use cases:  Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence, IoT, 3D printing, Blockchain, API Economy / Integrate the Intelligent Enterprise, Cloud Native / Event Based Architectures, Extend the digital core with SAP CP / ABAP in SAP CP, SAP Leonardo Application (extending SAP application, using SAP Leonardo Industry Innovation Kits or result of Design Thinking workshop), or

2.      How a member of SAP’s partner ecosystem (an “SAP Partner”) has developed an application that is intended to be sold to SAP Customers that demonstrates 1) building on top of Digital Core; 2) Process extension; 3) Using next-generation services (e.g. IOT, Machine Learning, Blockchain; or 4) using SAP Cloud Platform.  

Note that in addition to the Eligibility requirements in Section 3, below, the business application that is the subject of the Entry must be primarily deployed in an Eligible Country, or in the case of the Next-Gen Innovator Award have been primarily developed and intended to be sold to and used by Customers in an Eligible Country.

2.      Term. Eligible Entrants may participate in the Innovation Awards by submitting an Entry from September 13th, 2018, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) to February 8th , 2018, at 6 p.m. PT.

3.      Eligibility. Entries can be submitted by an employee of the Customer or Partner that is the subject of the Entry, or by an employee of a third party that has a business relationship with the Customer or Partner that is the subject of the Entry, as long as the third party has the consent of the Customer or Partner.  The person submitting the Entry must (i) be above the age of majority in their place of residence; (ii) reside in one of the Eligible Countries; and (iii) be an employee of the SAP Customer or Partner, or the entity submitting on behalf of the Customer or Partner. Regardless of whether you are an employee of the SAP Customer or Partner, or the third party submitting on behalf of the SAP Customer, you must have the express prior authorization of the SAP Customer or Partner to enter the Innovation Awards on their behalf subject to these Official Rules (“Entrant(s)”).

Individuals who are employees, officers, directors, agents, or partners of Sponsor and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, “Awards Entities”), and the immediate family members are not eligible to win. EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OR THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY U.S. STATE, U.S. TERRITORY, OR FOREIGN STATE OR TERRITORY, AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT RELATED ENTITIES MAY ONLY PARTICIPATE UNDER THE LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES SET FORTH IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES. SAP reserves the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate in its sole and absolute discretion on any dispute related to the Innovation Awards at any time. The Innovation Awards is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and is void where prohibited.

Entrant warrants that the appropriate corporate officers, executives, managers or other persons of the entity on whose behalf the Entry was submitted have approved the Entry, and understand and agree that these Official Rules will be binding on both the individual submitting the Entry and the entity on whose behalf the Entry was submitted. The Entrant understands that if the Entry is submitted without obtaining the appropriate approval, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify the Entrant, the SAP Customer, Partner, and the Entry. In the case of a third party entering on behalf of an SAP Customer, participation by Entrant is subject to Sponsor receiving written confirmation from an authorized representative of the SAP Customer indicating the SAP Customer’s acceptance of the Official Rules.

4.      Entry Categories. The Innovation Awards will recognize up to 30 winners across five (5) Entry Categories (as defined below).  All Entries, aside from those for the Next-Gen Innovator category for SAP Customers, must describe live deployments involving SAP technologies. Entries will be assigned to one or more of these categories by the SAP Awards Team and will be judged against other Entries assigned to that category. The categories, are as follows:

a)     Digital Transformation: Entrants should present stories about how they are using technology to drive business transformation. Examples include enabling new business models, opening new markets, or radically changing how products or services are created and delivered. Up to twelve (12) Digital Transformation awards will be given.

b)     Industry Disruptor: Entrants should be present stories of using SAP technologies to transform an industry. The entry should highlight how the use case represents a disruption in the way the industry has traditionally conducted business. For example; establishing new business models, redefining a critical business process, or enabling strategies that break through existing boundaries. One (1) winner.

c)      Process Innovation: Entrants should be present stories of how they are using technology to re-imagine and drive significant improvements to existing business processes resulting in measurable business impact.  Examples of include shorter cycle times, faster time to market, reduced hardware requirements, lower overall technology costs, fewer required support resources. Up to twelve (12) Process Innovation awards will be given.

d)     Social Hero: Entrants should present stories how SAP technologies can be used for significant social impact.  For example, smart homes, city of the future, public health, environmental innovations or outcomes. One (1) winner.

e)     Next-Gen Innovator. Entrants should present stories demonstrating how using SAP technologies to develop a next-generation application. The application has to adhere to the eligibility requirements in section 3 above. Up to two (2) Customer winners; and up to two (2) Partner winners for a total of up to four (4) winners.

5.      How to Enter. Entrants should submit an Entry Form and Pitch Deck, which includes a Power Point or similar template for describing the use case for your Entry. The form of the Entry can be found at Entrants must complete all fields in the Entry Form to qualify. Entries must be in English. If an Entry is incomplete or does not comply with the specifications and these Official Rules, then the Entry will be disqualified, and this disqualification may take place at any point in the Awards process. All decisions by Sponsor and Judges are final and absolute and are not subject to inquiry or appeal. No purchase or payment is required to enter, and any expenses Entrants voluntarily incur during the submission process are their sole responsibility.

6.      Special Recognition. Entrants will have the option to enter the SAP Partner that encouraged the Entrant to enter the Innovation Awards on the online entry form when submitting an Entry. Each Partner that is identified on the entry form will be eligible for special recognition by SAP at  SAPPHIRE NOW.

7.      Judging and Winner Notification. Eligible Entries will be judged against the other Entries in their respective Entry Categories as determined the Awards Team. There will be two (2) rounds.

o   Round 1:  Between February 18th and February 22nd 2019, the Awards Team will select the Entries that they determine to be qualified based on the judging criteria to move on to the judging in Round 2.

o   Round 2: Judging will take place between March 4th and March 15th, 2019. Each of the finalists in each Entry Category will be judged by a group of qualified judges consisting of Sponsor’s employees and/or non-employee judges selected by Sponsor (“Judges”). Judges will review the finalist.  Entries with the highest score(s) in each Entry Category will be determined to be the winners or award recipients in that Entry Category. Each Entry will be evaluated by the Judges based on the following criteria (each of which will be equally weighted):

1.      Use Case:  How is the Entrant using SAP technology to add value?

2.      Outcome: What business or social outcomes has the project realized?

3.      Value: What business or social value has the project acieved from deploying the SAP solutions or technologies?

4.      Human Empowerment: How does the project impact the lives of individuals either inside or outside the organization?

5.      Intelligent Enterprise: How is the project applying technology and approaches towards becoming an Intelligent enterprise?

Winners will be notified on or about Mar 25th, 2019, and notified by telephone or email at Sponsor’s discretion. If a winner does not respond to the notification attempt within twenty-four (24) hours from the first notification attempt, then SAP may disqualify such winner and select an alternate winner.

8.      Prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the Entries with the highest score(s): Up to twelve (12) winning Entries will be selected for Digital Trailblazer awards, up to twelve (12) winning Entries for Process Innovator awards, up to four (4) winning Entries for Next-Gen Innovator awards – including up to 2 SAP Customers and 2 SAP Partners, one (1) winning Entry for the Industry Disruptor award and one (1) winning Entry for the Social Hero award. There will be a total of up to thirty (30) awards. For Digital Trailblazer and Process Innovator should the top Entry from one of the seven (7) SAP regions (North America, Latin America, Middle and Eastern Europe, Europe Middle East and Africa North, Europe Middle East and Africa South, Asia Pacific and Greater China) not be placed as a winner in either category, then the lowest scoring winner in that category will be replaced by the highest scoring Entry from the omitted geographic region in that category.

Winning Entries in each Entry Category who plan on attending the SAPPHIRE NOW will receive one (1) ticket to SAPPHIRE (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $1,950).  If no one representing a winning Entry is planning on attending SAPPHIRE NOW, the ticket will not be given to that winning Entry, and there will be no prize substitution, or prize of equal or comparable value awarded. Subject to Sponsor’s prior written approval and at Sponsor’s sole discretion, a winning Entry may designate a non-employee representative to attend SAPPHIRE NOW. Sponsor will only be awarding tickets as Prizes.  All transportation, lodging, meals, gratuities, and all costs and expenses relating to the use of the tickets are the responsibility of the winner.


Odds of winning depend on the number of Entries received and the skill of the Entrants (i.e., the innovative nature of their solution, and the skill exercised in creating the entry). No other prize elements except those specifically described here are awarded. Prizes are not transferable and must be accepted as awarded, with no substitutions of any kind, except by the Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are the potential winner’s responsibility.

9.      Charitable Donation.  For each bona fide Entry that SAP receives that meets all of the eligibility requirements, SAP will donate one hundred dollars ($100.00 USD) distributed to one or more charities selected by SAP, up to a maximum of twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000.00 USD).

10.   Intellectual Property Rights and Grant of License. Each Entrant shall retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in each Entry (including moral rights) subject to these Official Rules. However, You do grant SAP an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to: (i) use, review, assess, test, and otherwise analyze your Entry and all its content in connection with the Awards; and (ii) feature your Entry and all its content in connection with the marketing, sale, or promotion of the Awards, SAP, and SAP technologies (including but not limited to press releases, promotional material, internal and external presentations, and tradeshows, in all media now known or later developed).

11.   Entrant Representations and Warranties. By entering the Innovation Awards, Entrants represent and warrant that their Entries are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted Entry and that they have the right to submit the Eligible Entry in the Innovation Awards and grant all required licenses and assignments. Each Entrant agrees not to submit any Entry that infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations. Entrant also warrants that he/she has permission from their employer or other appropriate party such as an SAP Customer or Partner to submit the Entry.

12.   Indemnity. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant indemnifies Awards Entities at all times from and against any and all liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the Entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Awards Entities from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or accruing from (i) any Entry or other material submitted by the Entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person; (ii) any misrepresentation made by the Entrant in connection with the Innovation Awards; or (iii) any non-compliance by the Entrant with these Official Rules.

13.   Release, Customer/Partner Publicity. By participating in the Innovation Awards, Entrants: (i) agree, to the fullest extent of the law, to release and hold harmless Awards Entities from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Innovation Awards; and (ii) grant to Sponsor, its affiliates, licensees, promotional partners, developers and third party marketing entities the right to use and publish the name and trademark(s)/logo(s) of their employer or the entity on whose behalf they are submitting the Entry, and to assist Sponsor in obtaining the same from the SAP Customer in the event the Entrant is submitting the  Entry on behalf of an SAP Customer or Partner, for any advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Innovation Awards, in any media now known or hereafter devised, without further notice, compensation, consideration, review or consent and without regard to moral rights, except where prohibited by law.

If, for any reason, the Innovation Awards are not capable of running as planned, including because of, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, force majeure, or any other cause beyond the control of Sponsor which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Innovation Awards, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Innovation Awards, or disqualify an Entrant. Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, with or without notice.

14.   Governing Law. These Official Rules are governed and interpreted by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

15.   Rules & Winners. A list of winners will be available on or about Mar 25th , 2019 at

16.   Sponsor. SAP Global Marketing Inc., 10 Hudson Yards FL 51 New York, NY 10001.


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