We want you to unleash your ideas and technical talent to create cutting-edge software applications.
SME EnviroApp is designed to encourage you to use your development skills to create an exciting and innovative software application which has the power to help Scotland’s SMEs to respond to carbon reduction goals.
Your SME EnviroApp entry must raise business awareness amongst SMEs of climate change requirements, measure progress towards carbon reduction, or assist SMEs in either carbon management or enhanced energy efficiency.
Using a variety of tools and technology, competitors can unleash their ideas and technical talent to create cutting-edge software applications. Each team will envision, develop, and test innovative solutions that can and will help solve these issues.
Step 1: Participation and Number of Entries
To participate in SME Enviro App you must register on this website between March 13th 2012 and May 15th 2012 inclusive.
You will register as a “Team”. Each member of a registered Team is a “Participant”. A Team may consist of one Participant and there is no limit to the number of Participants to a Team. Each Participant must be registered and provide a contact email address. One Participant from each Team may register other Participants in the same Team including their contact email addresses with their consent. By registering Team members, Participants acknowledge they have the appropriate permissions to do so. We will not accept changes to a Team’s Participants after May 15th 2012.
Only one (1) entry per eligible Team is permitted. Entries will not be returned. Incomplete, corrupted or illegible entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the Organisers. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these Terms and Conditions.
A Participant is only allowed to enter once, either as a one person Team or as a Participant within a larger Team comprising a number of Participants.
Step 2: (Optional) Appathon
There will be an optional Appathon held in Scotland on June 2nd and 3rd 2012. The Appathon will aim to inspire Participants in a workshop environment to develop their solution further and give Participants help, support and guidance from the Organisers. All Teams will be invited by email soon after the registration closes on May 15th 2012 and Appathon positions will be granted based on a first come first serve basis up to the venue capacity. Participants will be responsible for their own travel costs and any other costs arising from attendance at the Appathon.
Step 3: Preliminary Summary Document
Teams must provide a “Preliminary Summary Document” which addresses the SME Enviro App Goal. A panel of expert judges selected from the Organisers and one independent expert judge not from the Organisers (“the Judges”) will judge all Preliminary Summary Documents using the “Judging Criteria” defined below. Please use these Judging Criteria as a guide to the type of information the Judges will be looking for in your Preliminary Summary Document.
Teams must submit their Preliminary Summary Document on this website before 23:59 BST on June 10th 2012.
Download the Preliminary Summary Document Template
Step 4: Announcement of Finalists
By 23:59 BST on June 18th the Organisers will announce the Teams that will progress to the “SME Enviro App Finals Event”. This will be done by email to all Participants of all Teams selected for the SME Enviro App Finals Event (“the Finalists”) and the list of Finalists will be posted at www.smeenviroapp.com by 23:59 GMT on June 18th 2012.
There will be a maximum of 6 Teams at the SME Enviro App Finals Event. Finalists will be responsible for their own travel costs and any other costs arising from attendance at the SME Enviro App Finals Event. If Finalists do not attend the SME Enviro App Finals Event they forfeit entry into SME Enviro App.
Step 5: Compliance with Eligibility Requirements
The Finalists will be requested to prove their eligibility to the Organisers for SME Enviro App before 23:59 BST on June 30th 2012. Eligibility can be proven by providing third party documentary evidence such as a copy of a birth certificate, government issued photo ID, proof of residency in Scotland (in the form of a utility bill or equivalent) or a registered company address or other proof of business address in Scotland . The Organisers retain the discretion over what constitutes sufficient evidence.
Step 6: Enviro App Finals Event
The Judges will review the Finalists based on the Judging Criteria and there will be a requirement to present and showcase your solution as defined in “the Finals Judging Process” section.
Step 7: The Organisers announce the winners of SME Enviro App
The winning Team(s) of SME Enviro App and the Microsoft Technology Challenge will be announced on August 30th 2012 via an Awards Webcast which will be accessible from this website at a time to be confirmed prior to August 30th 2012.
Step 8: The winners of the Microsoft Technology Challenge Prize will confirm their eligibility to travel to Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, US
All Participants of the Team which wins the Microsoft Technology Challenge Prize will need to confirm their eligibility to travel to the US by September 15th 2012. Please note, the Microsoft Technology Challenge Prize is limited to a maximum of 4 Participants of the winning Team. Details of requirements will be provided in the email to the winners.
“This is a great example of Scotland’s public and private sectors working together to develop creative, practical and effective solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions”
Stewart Stevenson MSP
Environment and Climate Change Minister for Scotland
“The EnviroApp competition should produce another useful engagement tool, building on the impact of the Envirowheel.”
BT Scotland Director
“This is a chance for Scotland to showcase its commitment to the climate change agenda as well as its innovative software developer community on a global stage.”
Convenor of the Digital Participation Action Group (DPAG)
“We hope the cream of Scotland's software developers will step up to the mark and come up with something truly innovative.”
Chief Executive of SSE and convener of Scotland's 2020 Climate Group
“I am sure we will be able to count on Scotland’s developer community to produce some great offerings that will engage businesses and stimulate engagement in the climate change agenda.”
Director, Scotland, Wales & UK Local Government, Microsoft
“The App will be an excellent opportunity to add another dimension to the work of the SERES partners, providing an additional way for businesses to access information and support.”
Chair of the SERES Partnership