About the Adaptive Power Challenge

  • What is the Adaptive Power Challenge?

    The cable industry is at a turning point when it comes to network energy consumption. The industry has a huge opportunity to embrace adaptive power and create a more efficient way for broadband providers to use energy.

    This is an innovation challenge with a difference. More than just an ideas contest, we’re empowering the brightest minds to unlock their imagination, harness the power of technology and create real change by solving one of the cable industry’s biggest energy challenges.

  • Who can enter the Adaptive Power Challenge?

    We are looking for applicants with a strong vision, a compelling idea and plan for development. You will also need to showcase how your business project has a positive impact and articulate how funding would help to take it to the next level.  We are considering all stages of energy ideation, more comprehensive solutions are advantageous.

    Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

    Applicants can submit their solutions in 2 categories:

    1. Enterprise category*
    2. Breakthrough category**

    *Enterprise category includes companies with >250 employees and turnover > 50 million EUR and SME’s with <250 employees with turnover between 11-49million.

     

    **Breakthrough category includes start-ups (<50 employees and turnover of < 10 million EUR), universities and offices of science, college students (18+), labs, science centers .

  • What is the timeline of the competition?

    • 9th April – Program launch. Innovators are invited to submit their solutions
    • 29th June – Deadline for innovators to submit their solutions
    • 12th September – Top 6 finalists are announced
    • 12th September – 20th October – Pitch preparation phase. Top 6 applicants have time to work on their pitch presentations for the final event.
    • 23rd October – Final pitch event during the cable-Tec Expo and winners are announced.
  • What is the criteria of the competition?

    • Impact on energy efficiency: influence service delivery in order to attenuate energy consumption
    • Ease of implementation: time, resources and headcount needed to deploy proposed solution
    • Scale of implementation: number of devices on the end-to-end cable network that the solution could impact.
    • Novelty of the idea: unique proposal not already deployed in the current broadband network
    • Affordability/economic feasibility: is the solution part of the open source community or does it require special license needs?
  • Who is behind the Adaptive Power Challenge?

    SCTE•ISBE,  Liberty Global,  Comcast are the organizers of the challenge.

    The Competition Commission is comprised of external experts and internal experts of SCTE•ISBE, the APSIS development team, CableLabs, Coppervale Enterprises, Pajaranto Technologies and Villanova University.

    The panel of judges are representatives of Liberty Global, Comcast, CableLabs, Rogers, Shaw, Cox Communications

  • What are the 3 focus areas the competition is focusing on?

    1. Monitoring and measurement. Understanding the trends of power consumption can have a major influence on the availability and reliability of service in the cable industry. But monitoring and measuring power goes beyond simple wattage. Power factor, load to max capacity and kWh are some simple measures that cable operators should be tracking.
    2. Demand response. The power grid and its providers have created market incentives referred to as “demand response.”  These are financial incentives to reduce the load on the grid in anticipation of increased demand. Cable operators leverage backup power, generators and storage batteries to be used in times of peak demand.
    3. Energy supply and control. Cable networks enable the sharing of limitless information through social networks, websites, email and video. Power conditions across the network could provide valuable information to both utility providers and cable operator alike, while the cable plant (power supplies, critical facilities and data centers) can influence energy controls.
  • What are the competition categories?

    You can submit your application in one of the 2 categories:

    1. Enterprise category*
    2. Breakthrough category**

    *Enterprise category includes companies with >250 employees and turnover > 50 million EUR and SME’s with <250 employees with turnover between 11-49million.

    **Breakthrough category includes start-ups (<50 employees and turnover of < 10 million EUR), universities and offices of science, college students (18+), labs, science centers .

    Note:

    • all entries shall be received from companies that are recognized businesses in their respective countries allowed to submit according to law
    • from idea to maturity we encourage all stages of solutions for submission
    • make sure that your solution aims to solve one of the 3 focus areas the competition is adressing: Measurement, Demand response or Energy supply and control
  • What are the competition prizes?

    There are two prizes available, one prize for the Enterprise category and one prize for the Breakthrough category. The two winners will receive $10,000 each. But it’s not just about money.

    The two winners could get the chance to test their solutions with the biggest cable providers in the world. This is an opportunity to use your innovation and expertise to create a breakthrough change to the energy usage of the cable industry

Entering the competition

  • Is there a fee for entering the competition?

    No.

  • What support will I get if I enter?

    If your solution is one of the final 6, you will receive an invitation to present at a premier Energy 2020 industry event.

    The jury will select one winning team in each of the 2 competition categories. If you are one of the winning teams you will receive: $10,000 cash prize and you may be invited to the testing phase working at the lab of one of our platinum sponsors to help prove your concept.

    Note about the prize:

    • The abovementioned values represent the gross amount, the payment of due tax is the responsibility of the winner, in accordance with applicable tax regulations.
    • It is prohibited to transfer the rights to the prize to a third party.
    • The prize may be spent exclusively for the development of the Solution within the scope of business activity.
    • In order to exercise the right to the prize, the Participant has to sign an agreement with the Organizer, setting out the Participant’s obligation to spend the prize for the development of the Solution, to return the prize in case of spending it for a purpose other than the development of the Solution and the manner of the settlement of spending the prize.
    • In order to receive the prize, it is required to sign the prize receipt protocol.
    • In case the Winner does not collect the Prize or fails to comply with all the conditions of its receipt, the prize will remain at the exclusive disposal of the Organizer.
  • What happens to the documents submitted and the related rights?

    The applicant retains all rights to the documents submitted and all content.

  • How do I participate in the competition?

    Simply fill in the entry form online and accept the Terms & Conditions. The organizers will evaluate the applications against the entry criteria and if your solution meets these criteria it will be published online and you will officially be part of the Adaptive Power Challenge. The organizers will send you an automatic email informing you if your solution has made it through into the competition or not. A panel of experts will then evaluate all the submissions and choose the finalists that will go to the final pitch. The winners will be selected after the final pitching event in the 2 competition categories.

  • Can I enter on my own or do I need to be part of a company/start-up?

    Only established registered businesses(*), start-ups, universities and offices of science, college students (18+), labs and science centers can apply.

    Definition:

    * companies: >250 employees and turnover > 50 million EUR or an SME’s with <250 employees with turnover between 11-49million.
    ** start-ups: <50 employees and turnover of < 10 million EUR.

  • I have a great idea but not a working prototype. Can I still enter?

    Yes,  if your solution is still at the ideas stage then you may  enter. Keep in mind, our focus is on providing support and expertise to help solutions to scale faster.  Your solution needs to be comprehensive and presentable enough to enable the experts’ evaluation and subsequent proof of concept/trial opportunity.

  • Can I submit my entry in my native language?

    No – all entries must be submitted in English.

  • Can I submit more than one project?

    Yes you can, as long as the project fits the entry criteria. Please note that only one project per applicant can move to the next stage if the judges will select it.

  • Do I have to make a video in order to enter?

    No. The videos are an optional part of your submission process. Still we believe that it will give the judges and the public a better understanding of who you (or your team) are, what are your ambitions as an entrepreneur/initiative are and what your solution is. This is a great way to inspire people, get them excited about your solutions and vote for you, getting yourself noticed by potential collaborators and supporters.

  • Can I film my solution video on a smart phone or do I need to use more sophisticated equipment?

    We realize that the video requirement will take many of you out of your comfort zone. But do not worry, the video you submit does not have to be made with sophisticated equipment – it is your solution and the content of the video that counts. Just make sure that you consider our tips on making a good video – including filming in landscape (horizontal) mode rather than portrait (vertical), which is one of the most common mistakes; less is more so as to keep it short and simple, show your enthusiasm for your project and tell us why your project is the best.

  • Can I change and update my entry after submitting it?

    No. Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit any of  the sections of your application. Make sure you have all the information an content in before you submit.

Confidentiality & Rights

  • Who will see my application? Will everything I submit be made public?

    There are certain sections of your application that will be made public, but the technical details you submit will only be seen by the organizers and our judges. Also have a look at our Terms & Conditions to read more about how we protect your information. We would like to stress that any information you provide in this application form must be non-confidential. Please note that your personal information will be used by the organizers as a means of contact and we will not publish any of this information online.

    Below you can find the information from the application form that will be made public:

    • main information about the applicant (name/company name, photo/company logo, company website),
    • name of the project,
    • general description of the project,
    • how does the project adress the 3 focus areas,
    • what is the inspiration behind the project,
    • what makes it exciting.
  • What kind of information should I submit?

    Please submit only relevant information related to your solution. Do not submit any personal or sensitive information about yourself or your employees/ beneficiaries/ customers/ consumers.

  • If I am one of the winners and move ahead in the testing phase will I have to make my technology available to the organizers of the competition?

    No. You will retain any IP rights.  Please read the IP section of the Terms and Conditions.

  • If I submit my solution will the organizers have rights over my solution?

    No, you retain the rights granted to you over your creation.  Please read the IP section of the Terms and Conditions.

     

Throuble-shooting

  • I’m running out of time and might miss the deadline. What are my options?

    Focus on the key messages and meeting the basic entry requirements – your solution video, your project summary, your technical details – in as few words as possible.

  • What if the website goes down and I can’t submit my solution?

    We would hope this would never happen. But if you run into problems then contact us at energy@scte.org and we will work with you to find a satisfactory  solution.

  • My solution was on the website, but has now disappeared. Why is that?

    Something may have gone wrong technically or we may have additional questions about your submission. Please contact us at energy@scte.org as soon as possible and we will get back to you.

  • Why has my solution entry been rejected?

    If you are not sure why your entry has been rejected, please take a look at the Challenge entry criteria. If you have a specific question about your solution’s eligibility to be part of the Challenge, please get in touch with us at energy@scte.org.

  • My image isn’t uploading – why?

    Your image is probably in the wrong format or
    exceeds the maximum file size. Please keep to the following specifications:
    * File-type (extension): JPG, JPEG or PNG
    * Recommended dimensions of the picture: 1024px
    * File size must not exceed: 2 MB

  • Why isn’t my video playing?

    If your video is not playing, it may be you have not entered the correct link for the website.

Finalists

  • Who is selecting the finalists that will go to the final event?

    The jury panel will be evaluating all submissions and selecting the finalists that will go through the next stage of the competition.

  • How will I know if I’m one of the finalists?

    All participants will receive an email informing them about of the finalists, so you will receive an email from the organizers. If by September 12th 2018 you did not  receive an email please contact us at energy@scte.org .

  • What if I received an email saying that I am part of the finalists, what is next?

    If you are one of finalists, you will have the opportunity to pitch your solution in the final event. Each team will receive an outline of what is required for the final pitch on October 23rd during the Cable-Tec Expo, USA.

  • Promoting my solution online

    We encourage all the finalists to promote their solution and participation in this competition online, using any social media channel they feel suitable for your target group. The organizers will ask for the social media accounts so we can follow you and amplify your posts, giving you a platform to gather more support from the public. In order to track any online activity connected  to this campaign we will ask you to use the #APChallenge when you post on social media.

  • Will my costs of travelling to the final event be reimbursed?

    Travel: costs up to $1000 will be provided for Finalists in the Breakthrough category only and cost allocation will be per team (if required). Note a maximum of 2 members per team will attend the pitch event to present to the Judging Panel in person.

Selecting the winners

  • What’s the judging process for the final event?

    In choosing the overall competition winner, our judges will apply the same criteria they used to select the finalists. They will also take into account how persuasive you are in your pitch. In addition, they will  be considering which of the final solutions they believe have the greatest potential to make an impact on one of the 3 focus areas.

  • If I’m one of the 2 winners what do I have to do next?

    You are one of the 2 winners! Congratulations!

    There are two prizes available, one prize for the Enterprise category and one prize for the Breakthrough category. The two winners will receive $10,000 each. But it’s not just about money.
    The two winners could get the chance to test their solutions with the biggest cable providers in the world. This is an opportunity to use your innovation and expertise to create a breakthrough change to the energy usage of the cable industry

  • Do I have to travel anywhere in order to test my solution?

    Depending on your solution, it may require travel to the laboratory.  Other solutions may be tested remotely.  Contest sponsors are not responsible for any cost reimbursement beyond the $10,000 prize.

  • Will I receive support during the testing phase?

    Yes, you will be provided with an expert contact at the working lab where your testing will take place.

  • I completed the testing phase. What’s next?

    This is at the discretion of the sponsor and dependent on the outcome of the testing phase in 2019.

  • Still have questions?

    If you cannot  see your question here, do not  hesitate to get in touch at energy@scte.org. The Adaptive Power Challenge team will be happy to help.