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This prize is open to all eligible applicants who register and submit proposals in the general areas of information and communications technologies. Applicants who register have to acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agree to the Terms and Conditions. If there are applicant wants to include team members then all team members have to register and accept the Terms and Conditions. Only four members per team are allowed. Applicants who advance to stage two have a more detailed agreement to fulfill because they may be exchanging intellectual property with Bell Labs in the process of application.

Stage One Terms and Conditions

Applicants for stage one are required to register, provide a valid email address, country of residence, and submit a proposal. Multiple applications are allowed. Teams of up to 4 members are allowed. Stage 1 application requires ackowledgement of the terms and conditions, and acknowledgement of the privacy policy.

Stage Two Terms and Conditions

The applicants who are advanced to stage two will be required to sign an agreement that protects both the applicant and Bell Labs from unauthorized disclosure of the detailed communications involved with preparing the final proposal.  Stage 2 applicants acknowledge that they have read and agree to the terms regarding intellectual property ownership as described in the terms and conditions.
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Evaluation Criteria

Ideas will be evaluated by Bell Labs researchers based on the following 3 criteria:
  • Innovation - What elements of your proposal are novel, have never been done before, and represent “out of the box” thinking?
  • Technical Excellence – Does your proposal have a significant scientific impact? How does it advance the state-of-the-art in technology?
  • Feasibility – Is the proposal feasible in terms of cost, time frame, resource requirements, complexity, implementation-risk, and feasibility of collaboration with a Bell Labs researcher?
The 10 finalists who will present to the Judging Panel will also be evaluated on a 4th criterion:
  • Business Impact – Does your proposal create new business opportunities? Does it show alignment and relevance to Nokia’s activities? This criterion focuses on the commercial potential of your proposal.

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