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What is the Architects of Change Global Innovation Challenge?

It is an internal competition covering the entire innovation process from idea generation to selection and implementation.

The competition challenges employees to engage in the development of new solutions or innovative applications on existing solutions that benefit the environment or society at large. Logicalis is looking to promote the development of replicable solutions on the Cisco DevNet Marketplace, and this Challenge is meant to provoke our employees in that matter.

When and how will it happen?

The Challenge will be launched on May 4th.

During the first month, you will be able to access the Challenge website to understand what the program is about and what are the expected outcomes and deliverables, to learn about DevNet and its possibilities, and to think about an idea to submit.

Then, between June 1st and July 31th, you will be able to apply for the challenge. You will need to submit a video explaining your idea and answer some scripted questions. By August 5th, the approved teams from your region will be announced.

The selected teams from each region will have a mentor to support the ‘idea-nurturing phase’. After that, these teams will pass through to the 2nd eliminator round- the Regional Event, where they present an elevator pitch to executives aimed at winning that region’s 1st place. The Regional Events are scheduled for September.

The winners from each region will travel to compete in the Global Final, when they will present their solutions to Logicalis and Cisco’s executives. The Architects of Change Global Innovation Challenge winner or winning team will be announced at the end of the event. The Global Event is scheduled for October.

What are the prizes?

All Regional Winners will be awarded a course at the Silicon Valley Innovation Center and receive "Seed money" to further develop the idea. The amount of money will vary according to their ranking.

Who can enter?

The Architects of Change Global Innovation Challenge is open to all Logicalis employees from all over the world, including the companies that belong to Logicalis. Only C-levels and their direct reports cannot compete.

Can I enter as part of a team?

Yes, you can enter alone or as part of a team with a maximum of 4 members from the same region as yours. It is highly recommended to join as part of a team (even better if it is a multiskilled team). A successful business plan takes into account various criteria, from a good value proposition to its modus operandi. People with different backgrounds and experiences can complement the group’s skills and provide more valuable contributions. Besides, this is an opportunity to interact with individuals from different areas and countries, and to learn more about our company.

Can I enter as part of two or more teams?

No, you can only enter as part of one team, no more than that.

I can’t find people to form a team, what should I do?

The Global Innovation Challenge’s website has an area designed to help with team formation: the “Find-a-team” page. Therefore, if you have an idea and want colleagues to join you, or if you have a team but not an idea, this space can help you.

Can the members of a team be changed during the competition?

Yes, the teams can switch their members during the competition. Only the team’s “leader” (the person who submits the idea) can not be changed. You will be able to update the members on the Team’s page within the Challenge website.

What are the requirements to participate?

To participate, you need to be a Logicalis employee and propose a technological solution that:

- Addresses social and/or environmental challenges
- Includes any Cisco API that makes the solution publishable in the DevNet marketplace

Although it is not a rule, solutions with commercial potential are preferable.

You need to login and submit your idea on the Challenge’s website, answering all the questions and uploading a video.

Does our team need to be based in one country only to apply?

Your team needs to be based in a single region, but can incorporate several countries from that region. All the members need to be from the same region, and stated on your application.

What are the defined regions’ division?

The Challenge is composed of the following five defined regions:

ASIA: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan
AUSTRALIA: Australia
EUROPE and SOUTH AFRICA: Channel Islands, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and South Africa
LATAM: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay
USA: United States

I don't know anything about DevNet, can I participate?

Absolutely. Different skills are more than welcome. You will be able to learn a little bit about DevNet during the competition, and, if it is not enough, you can count on the support of our experts across Logicalis. It all depends on you, on your will to make it happen, on your entrepreneurial spirit, on your attitude.

How can I learn about DevNet?

DevNet is a learning resource, a collaboration resource, development resource, help and advice resource, code resource, and, most importantly, a committed community of people wanting to expand their knowledge and skills. And it is free to sign up. You can log in using your Facebook, Google, or Github account, or using Cisco accounts (Cisco ID, Webex Meetings, Webex Teams). There, you can find courses and learning tracks, examples and use cases, community to solve doubts and share experiences, and much more. If you want to go deeper, it is highly recommended to explore the platform. Otherwise, you will be able to find a little bit of content in the DevNet section within our Challenge’s website.

Will the hours spent on the challenge be considered working hours, and therefore will they be reimbursed?

Participation in the Global Challenge is meant to be a fun way of promoting innovation across the Group. Consequently, participants, mentors, and judges must acknowledge that they give their time freely and it should not interfere in the activities and responsibilities of employees’ work. In addition, participation in the program is optional and voluntary, and it will not be considered as part of employees’ performance evaluation since the activities are not related to their work and their positions/roles.

Who will own the intellectual property rights?

Logicalis will own any intellectual property rights. If the intellectual creation incorporates any pre-existing rights owned by the participant, Logicalis may use it free of charge, exclusively and perpetually, with the right to sublicense it throughout the world.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, you need first to create a login in the Challenge website in order to have access to all the pages. Then, in the Submission page, submit your team information, answer our questions and upload a 3-minute video explaining the idea. You will receive an email confirming your registration. Good luck, you are now part of the competition.

When do I need to submit the application?

The submissions period starts on June 1st and runs through July 31st.

Can I revise my submission?

During the application process you will be able to save the form before finally submitting it, which means you can revise and edit it many times as necessary. However, once you submit it, there are no further opportunities to edit it.

Can I submit an application in a language other than English?

The Global Innovation Challenge official language is English. You need to answer the scripted questions in English; however, for the video, it is the preferable idiom, but it is not mandatory. If necessary, please talk to the Ambassador from your region.

Is my application confidential?

Yes, only your team will be able to see your application.

I signed up for the challenge, now what?

After applying to the competition, you need to wait until the 1st screening phase, when a regional committee evaluates if your idea meets all the requirements. If everything is ok, a mentor is assigned to help in the ‘idea development’ and in the preparation for the Regional Event.

What are the first screening selection criteria?

The first screening does not have strict criteria; it only validates if the candidates meet all the requirements, answer all the questions (based on the Business Model Canvas), and present a proper video. If the application meets all the demands, it will proceed to the next phase.

Against whom will I be competing in the first screening?

In the first screening, you are not competing with anyone. It is just a phase to make sure that all the submitted ideas meet the requirements.

How many teams will be selected?

We are not limiting the number of teams that will advance to the Regional Event. The teams just need to meet the requirements.

Who will assign the mentors?

The mentors’ assignment will be defined by the regional committee jointly with the regional mentors. The teams’ mentors will be announced together with the first screening results.

When and where will the approved teams be announced?

The teams approved in the first screening will be announced by August 5th by email and website (team’s area).

What is the mentors’ role?

The mentors are Logicalis employees in middle and higher management positions. Their primary duties are to facilitate the interaction of the participants with other employees, guide the teams toward the idea development, ensure they are on the right path to achieve what is expected, and coach the professionals in all stages of the Program.

What will the Regional Events be like? How will they work?

The Regional Event format is still under discussion.

At the Regional Events, how will the pitches be evaluated and what are you looking for?

Regional Judges will evaluate the pitches. Their judgment is based on, but not limited to, a framework built upon the Challenge rules and requirements. However, since the competition is within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation, the decisions do not totally depend on pure requirement’s delivery. In addition, as the judges will be looking for replicable solutions to be placed in the Cisco DevNet Marketplace, we have some recommendations to help you get more approvals.

At this point, it would be interesting to present a Business Case, with a very clear definition of your solution and the problem it intends to solve, its characteristics and differentiators, the business model, similar existing solutions among the market, the target market, an analysis of commercial potentiality, the Go-to-Market, and customer validation. If you showcase qualified data, you very probably will convince the judges.

Who will determine the Regional Winners?

The Regional Judging Panel will determine the Regional Winners by vote or consensus. The members of the Regional Judging Panel, composed of high-level executives, will be announced in the month preceding the event and will be different for each region.

Against whom will I be competing in the Regional Events?

In the Regional Event, you will compete against all the teams from your region (not only your country) that were approved in the first screening.

Can the pitch on the Regional Event be in a language other than English?

Although the official language of the challenge is English, the pitch does not need to be in English.

How many teams will be selected to the Global Event?

Only one team, the Regional Winner, will be selected to compete in the Global Event.

When and where will the Regional Winners be announced?

The Regional Winners will be announced at the end of the Regional Event.

What happens if I am a Regional Winner?

If you are a Regional Winner, congratulations, you are going to the Global Final and also to be awarded a course at the Silicon Valley Innovation Center and "Seed Money" to further develop the idea. But now, you will have a steep challenge: convince the Logicalis CEO and other high-level executives from Cisco and Logicalis that you deserve to be the Global Winner. Don't worry; you will have one month more to get prepared.

What will the Global Event be like? How will it work?

The Global Event format is still under discussion.

At the Global Event, how will the pitches be evaluated and what are you looking for?

Global Judges will evaluate the pitches. Their judgment is based on, but not limited to, a framework built upon the Challenge rules and requirements. However, since the competition is within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation, the decisions do not totally depend on pure requirement’s delivery. In addition, as the judges will be looking for replicable solutions to be placed in the Cisco DevNet Marketplace, we have some recommendations to help you get more approvals.

At this point, you already know Logicalis will be investing seed money on your idea. Consequently, they are expecting a more robust business plan for your solution. Besides what you have already presented in the Regional Event, have you developed any POC or Prototype? Have you validated the Business Case, acquired relevant data, or tested the solution? What are the next steps? Why should they invest company resources in your solution instead of the other colleagues’?

Just to reinforce, the delivery of all these points does not mean you will succeed; they are only guidelines.

Who will determine the Global Winners?

The Global Judging Panel will determine the Global Winner by vote or consensus. The members of the Global Judging Panel, composed of high-level executives, will be announced in the month preceding the event. By now, Bob Bailkoski (Logicalis CEO), Renata Randi (Logicalis CMAO), Rodrigo Parreira (Logicalis LATAM CEO), and Vince DeLuca (Logicalis Chief Customer Experience and Service Transformation Officer) are confirmed.

Against whom will I be competing in the Global Event?

You will be competing against all the other Regional Winners.

When and where will the Global Winner be announced?

The Global Winner will be announced at the end of the Global Event.

What will happen to my solution?

Whether you are the winner or not, there is no guarantee that the company will implement your solution. One of the objectives of the program is to find innovative solutions that add value to Logicalis' customers. Attractive business plans for the company may be evaluated after the Challenge and implemented if the company deems it interesting. What we know for sure is that if you are a Regional Winner, you will receive seed money to develop your solution, but it does not mean it will be implemented.

Who will be accountable for the course costs and for the travel costs? Will the hours spent in the course be considered as working hours?

Logicalis Group will be accountable for all the course and travel costs. The hours spent in the course will be considered as working hours.

What stage of development is eligible in each phase? (Idea Formation, POC, Prototype, MVP)

There are no rules related to the solutions’ level of development in each phase. It all depends on the teams’ efforts and aspirations. Having a POC or a Prototype would be a great differentiator, but this is not mandatory and does not mean you will convince the judges. A strong business plan with relevant data, completion analysis, references from a user group, surveys of potential users, and a validated design of the idea and service, might be more significant.

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