The Challenge

Who can enter 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.

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.

The 2 categories are:

  • Enterprise category (established businesses)
  • Breakthrough category (start-ups, universities and offices of science, college students over 18, labs, science centers)

Please note: all applications must be submitted in English.

Competition timeline

09 April

Program launch - applications opened for innovators

29 June

Deadline for innovators to submit their solutions

12 September

Top 6 finalists are announced

12 September - 22 October

Pitch preparation phase - Finalists have a chance to prepare and refine their pitch for the final event

23 October

Final pitch event and winners announcement during the Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta

The Challenge

How to get involved?

Step 1: Make sure your solution meets the competition criteria. Think big ask “How could my idea improve power efficiency across broadband networks?” Then, complete the application form to present your solution for one of the 3 focus areas.

Step 2: Your submission will be reviewed by our Adaptive Power Challenge Team, who will evaluate it against the entry criteria and, if successful, publish it on the website. You will be notified by email when your solution is live.

Step 3: Our panel of judges will select the top 6 solutions and notify the finalists by email. They will be invited to a final pitch event where the winners will be selected.

Step 4: The winners will be invited to test their solutions and continue the development of their idea.

What could you win?

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

Note: the cash prize must be applied toward the feasibility analysis.  We encourage you to share and celebrate your finalist status as part of your winner’s benefits. For more information please read our FAQ.

  • 1

    Winner Enterprise Award

    $10,000 cash award & continue with contest partners in their labs to determine feasibility of deployment


  • 2

    Winner Breakthrough Award

    $10,000 cash award & continue with contest partners in their labs to determine feasibility of deployment.