Switch Up Challenge

  • Final Date:9 February 2017 
  • Location:United Kingdom
  • Duration:Full Day
  • Attendance:In Person
  • Fee:No Charge
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Do you have a brilliant idea to change the world with the Internet of Things?

Enter the competition for the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to our headquarters in California and be part of an inspiring journey.

About the Cisco Switch-Up Challenge

This is the second year we are hosting this competition!

The next wave of technological innovation will come from the connection of people, process, data, and things to the internet: the Internet of Things. Cisco wants to stimulate innovation and give university students the chance to showcase their talent.

We are looking for teams of three to five students to submit their innovative ideas and plans for how to use the Internet of Things to solve environmental or social issues.

Who can enter?

We welcome applications from all undergraduates and masters students, provided that all team members are currently enrolled at the same university. You need to be studying at a UK & Ireland university to enter the UK & Ireland competition.

We would like to encourage teams to have a variety of backgrounds and skills if possible - it’s a great way to learn from one another.

Judging criteria

The entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • the innovative nature of the project
  • its environmental or social impact
  • the feasibility and economic viability of the project

The final

Teams from the UK & Ireland universities will be asked to present their idea and project plan to a panel of judges on 9 February 2017.

The winning team will be announced at the end of the day. The UK & Ireland winners will be competing in the Great Final in April against teams from European and Middle Eastern countries.

The prize

The winners of the EMEA final will win a trip to Cisco's headquarters in San José, California.

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Competition

Competition phases

Phase 1: Form a team of three to five students and register your interest between now and December 2016

Phase 2: Submit your entry by 8 January 2017

Phase 3: Project discussion for shortlisted teams – January 2017

Phase 4: The UK & Ireland final – 9 February 2017

Phase 5: The EMEA final – April 2017



Come and meet us on campus. We will be at the following events:

Date

Event /Activity name

University

20-09-2016

Managing My Future Computer Science

Manchester

21-09-2016

Managing My Future Computer Science

Manchester

28-09-2016

Interview Bootcamp

Manchester

28-09-2016

Insight to Internships

UCL

05-10-2016

IT and Technology Fair

Grad IT

05-10-2016

Securing an Internship in your Penultimate Year

UCL

05-10-2016

Computer Science and Technology Placement Fair 2016

Reading

10-10-2016

An Insight into Technology & Entrepreneurism

UCL

11-10-2016

Presentation

Imperial

October

Guest Lecture - Collaboration

Warwick

12-10-2016

Computer Science Student Event

Bath

12-10-2016

Computer Science Career Fair (12th or 13th)

Manchester

13-10-2016

Business & Management Careers Fair

LSE

13-10-2016

Cisco Transformation Presentation

UCL

14-10-2016

An insight into Technology & Entreprenurism

UCL

17-10-2016

My Future Workout (Interview Simulation)

Manchester

20-10-2016

IT and Technology Career Fair

UCL

20–21-10-2016

Cisco University Challenge

Cisco

21-10-2016

Workshop - Coffee with business students

LSE

24-10-2016

Interview Days

Imperial

24-10-2016

My Future Workout (Assessment Centre Simulation)

Manchester

26-10-2016

Networking /Speed dating

Imperial

27-10-2016

Presentation

Kent

27-10-2016

Interview Slots

Kent

31-10-2016

Career Fair

Royal Holloway

04-11-2016

Guest Lecture - Collaboration

Warwick

08-11-2016

Business Challenge / interviews/ cv clinic

Warwick

09-11-2016

Computer Science - Networking

Warwick

09-11-2016

Engineering Career Fair

Cambridge

10-11-2016

Career Fair

Imperial

16-11-2016

Management Networking Evening

LSE

TBC

Women in Consulting - Panel

Warwick

10-01-2017

ACI Technical Talk

Imperial

09-02-2017

Switch Up Challenge

Cisco

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Applications

How to enter?

Form a team of three to five students and complete the form below to register your interest. Once submitted, you will receive an email with the full entry instructions attached.

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FAQs

Answers

Q: How many of us can be in a team?

A: You can form a team of three to five students in total.

 

Q: I am a first year university student; can I still enter the competition?

A: Yes, the competition is open to all year groups.

 

Q: I have recently graduated; can I compete?

A: Unfortunately, the competition is only open to students who are currently enrolled to study for a degree during the year 2016/17.

 

Q: Do I need a degree in computer science or engineering to compete?

A: No, this competition is open to all degree disciplines and we recommend forming a team with mixed degree backgrounds to bring different perspectives to the project.

 

Q: Can I form a team with students from a different university?

A: No, all team members need to be enrolled at the same university.

 

Q: I am studying at a university outside the UK & Ireland; can I enter the UK & Ireland competition?

A: No, unfortunately you need to be enrolled at a UK & Ireland university to enter the UK & Ireland competition.

 

Q: Is our project protected? What about intellectual property?

A: Yes, we guarantee that your project is your own and your idea will not be used for Cisco's purposes. You can safely submit your project plan.

 

Q: In what format can we submit our project plan?

A: You have the choice between submitting a five-minute video or a two-page Word document; it is entirely up to you.

 

Q: How do we submit the project plan?

A: After you register your team, the team captain will receive an automatic email with full instructions on how to submit your entry. All documents must be submitted in English.

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About the IoE

About the IoE

Here's to humanity

About the Internet of Things

The world is moving beyond stand-alone devices into a new era where everything is connected. The Internet of Things (IoE) is the interconnection of any electronic computing devices with the existing internet infrastructure. IoE brings together people, process, data, and things. Information extracted from these networked connections creates new capabilities, richer experiences and a huge economic opportunity. The IoE will drive product innovations such as smart TVs, connected cars, wearables and mobile health. It will create a consumption model around ‘everything as a service’ and it will drive new industry solutions in nearly every sector.

Find out more: http://www.cisco.com/c/r/en/us/internet-of-everything-ioe/index.html

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2016 Winners

2016 Winners

Winning Team: Imperialists_SK Winning Team: Imperialists_SK

UK:
A bottle cap that can monitor how much water you're drinking

The overall winner of the competition was Imperialists_SK − three first-year students from Imperial College, studying for respective masters in electronic and information engineering, computing and biomedical engineering. They believe that drinking enough water is essential for maintaining your health and overall well-being. However, many people either do not realise the importance of water intake or simply do not know how much they should drink. Dehydration can contribute to an array of medical complications. Drinking enough helps a balanced body and mind, making it equally important for athletes, scholars and patients alike.

Their idea consisted of two components: the smart cap, fitting every standard plastic bottle; and a smartphone app. By using their app, the user is provided with a recommended water intake for the day, based on their personal metrics. The autonomous cap measures the amount of water that flows out through its seal and data is collected and displayed via the app. The user can see their progress and receive push notifications reminding them to follow the recommended intake. Data can also be exported and processed for further statistical or diagnostic purposes.

Martin Ferianc from winners Imperialists _SK was delighted:

Team Imperialists_SK taking part in the Viva Tech event in Paris, 2016
Team Imperialists_SK taking part in the Viva Tech event in Paris, 2016

My first thoughts when we applied to the Cisco Switch-up Challenge were that we didn’t stand a chance against, presumably, older students. Nevertheless, Cisco inspired us and enabled us to present our idea in front of senior representatives, who gave us an amazing feedback. I personally learned how to better cooperate with my teammates, develop real-world project management skills and, in addition, have a lot of fun with my friends. With many more ideas sourcing from the Switch-up Challenge, we are now strongly motivated to continue the project beyond the competition.

I was blown away by the young talent we have across the UK universities,’ said Phil Smith, Chief Executive of Cisco Systems UK & Ireland, and part of the judging panel.

All the ideas and breadth of knowledge presented on the day were excellent. It was a really well organised, unique event and I am looking forward to the next one.


Website: http://www.wells.sk/index.php

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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions

To enter, students should form a team of three to five people (the "Team"). The students must be the ones who complete all aspects of their entry and it must be original. Multiple Teams from one university can submit an entry, but:

  • a Team may only submit one entry.
  • a student may not be involved in more than one Team.
  • all Team members must be university students at time of competition final.
  • only the names included in the final entry submission form will be considered the "Team". If the names are different from the registration form, we will only refer to the list of names included in the submission form.
  • Teams who applied to last year's competition are allowed to take part in this year's competition, but their project plan must be different.
  • Cisco and their partner GTI Recruiting Solutions reserve the right to exercise its discretion to select the teams.
  • by entering the competition the Teams confirm that they will be available to attend the final.
  • the UK & Ireland winning Team must take part in the wider EMEA competition for a chance to win a trip to Cisco's headquarters in San José, California. Further details will be communicated directly to the selected team.
  • the EMEA winning team must document their trip to Cisco's headquarters in San José, California via a vlog. Further details will be communicated directly to the selected team.
  • Cisco retains the right to disqualify a Team, and select another Team if any of its members is unable to attend the final.

Responsibility cannot be accepted for lost, delayed or damaged entries. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Any entry that is not received by Cisco on or before the end of the Competition Period will be excluded from the competition.
Incomplete, illegible or altered entries and any not in accordance with the entry instructions or terms and conditions are invalid and such entry will be excluded from the competition.

Entries will not be returned. Title to and all Intellectual Property in the entry will remain with the participants but Cisco may publish, film, photograph, record reproduce or copy entries and presentations in any medium to promote the competition and / or other initiatives. Please ensure you keep a copy of your entry for yourself for your personal reference.

The Teams will be chosen at the discretion of the judging panel. The judging panel's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Important – please note!
Please read the terms and entry requirements carefully as Cisco will only consider submissions and presentations that conform to these rules.
By entering this competition, all Teams and Team members agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.
All entrants must be university students. Entries must not be in breach of any third party right and must be the entering Team's undisputed work.
Entrants must acquire the written consent of any relevant rights owner in respect of their entries. The winning Team will be required to co-operate fully with Cisco in connection with any promotion or publicity of the competition or future competitions.
Events may occur that render the occurrence of any part of the competition impossible due to reasons beyond the control of Cisco and Cisco may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the competition with or without notice.
Cisco reserves the right to exclude a Team in the event that any Team or its Team members bring the competition or any element of it or Cisco or any other party connected with the competition into disrepute.
These Terms and Conditions are subject to the Laws of England and Wales and to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts for the purposes of Teams from UK & Ireland universities. For the avoidance of doubt, these Terms and Conditions are subject to the Laws of Germany for the purposes of Teams from German universities.
Increasing employability is one of the aims of the competition and by entering this competition you consent to allow Cisco to contact you in relation to any employment opportunities they deem appropriate.

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Follow the 2016 winning team's journey