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Shell Ideas360 Photo Contest 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Dec-2016
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What is Shell Ideas360 Photo Contest 2017?

Shell Ideas360 is organizing a Photo Contest 2017 to develop ideas to tackle the pressures on the world’s Food, Water and Energy resources.

Applications are now open for the stage 1 of the photo contest, in which a team has to register and submit their idea.

Successful completion of stage 1 will lead to the stage 2.

Collaborate with like-minded innovators, Shell experts, and mentors to expand your horizons access expert Learning and Development sessions to further develop their idea.

All the material must be in the English language.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • Student pursuing graduation, post graduation
  • Student must be of 18 years of age or above
  • Register / be already registered on Shell Ideas360

How can you apply ?

The application can be done online only. The student should register him/herself at the portal first.


What is Shell Ideas360?

Shell Ideas360 is a global competition organised by Shell International for students to develop game-changing ideas for tackling Energy, Water and Food issues.

Why Shell Ideas360?

At Shell we believe human ingenuity holds the key to unlocking innovative thinking. This competition is a way of fostering innovation and, potentially, turning your ideas into reality.

Why take part in Shell Ideas360?

Shell Ideas360 invites you to become part of an international community of like-minded students and learn skills that will be invaluable for your studies and future career.
The chance to win a 'once in a lifetime National Geographic Adventure'
All ideas submitted to Shell Ideas360 have the chance to be considered by our innovation incubator
If you reach the later stages of the competition, you'll have the support and guidance of Shell experts and mentors
Finalists will be flown to the UK, in June 2017 to present their final ideas. You will also meet an exclusive group of business and thought leaders

How does Shell Ideas360 work?

Shell Ideas360 involves a number of key stages. In Stage 1, participants register, access Learning Sessions and submit an initial idea. The ideas are evaluated and teams selected through to Stage 2. In Stage 2 teams will develop their ideas in conjunction with Shell Mentors and Subject Matter Experts. Stage 3 will see five finalists selected to present their idea to a panel of judges.

Who can participate?

Participation in the Competition is open to any person who (i) is, or will be, aged 18 or over by 01/12/2016; and (ii) is currently studying (and is officially registered to continue studying until at least 01/12/2016) as a full time bachelors or masters student at a recognised, degree awarding university or other equivalent higher education establishment (an "Eligible Student").

Are there any age restrictions?

An Eligible Student under the age of 18 at the time of registration for the Competition must have the consent of his/her parent or legal guardian to accept these terms and conditions and to participate in the Competition

How can I enter the Competition?

Register and set up your personal profile at If you wish, invite other students to form a team, or participate as an individual. Teams nominate a team captain who can submit an idea on behalf of the team.

Can participants enter as an individual?

Yes. Participants can participate as an individual.

What is the maximum team size?

The maximum number of students per team is 3.

Can I be a member of more than one team?

No. Participants must be a member of one team only.

Do team members have to attend the same University?

No. Team members can be from different Universities/countries as along as each team member meets the eligibility criteria.

Do team members have to be in the same academic year?

No. Team members can be from different academic years as along as each team member meets the eligibility criteria.

What is meant by 'degree-awarding institution'?

Any institution which has been granted the authority to award degrees by the relevant national government, recognised body or accredited association.

Will participants have contact with Shell staff during the competition?

In Stage 2, participants will have access to Shell Mentors and Subject Matter Experts to provide support by phone/email to develop their concept.

What role will Universities play in Shell Ideas360?

Each participant/team will be required to nominate a member of academic staff who will act as a University Sponsor. This person must be identified when submitting an initial idea and be a member of the academic staff of one of the participant's Universities.

What are the prizes?

Each Individual Participant and Team Participant that submits an idea in the Competition will receive 3 months subscription to the print and digital edition of WIRED magazine.
Each Individual Participant and Team Participant selected to progress to Stage 2 of the Competition will receive a year's subscription to the print and digital edition of National Geographic magazine. A one-year subscription includes 12 monthly issues to the print and iPad/iPhone editions of National Geographic magazine.
The Individual Participant or each Team Participant in the Team selected as the winner of the Competition will win a National Geographic Adventure to be taken during the university summer vacation period in 2016. The National Geographic Adventure will be chosen by the winner from a shortlist of 5 expeditions selected by the Promoter. The prize is subject to acceptance by the Individual Participant/each Team Participant of the terms and conditions relating to the relevant National Geographic Adventure.
Read all about the Prizes and Benefits here.

Will participants get a job at Shell?

Shell Ideas360 is not part of Shell's recruitment process and performance in the competition will not influence job applications. Participants are welcome to explore career opportunities or internships at Shell, please visit our website for further information.

Are there any stipulations on language?

Competition documents and products provided (proposals, submissions, videos and presentations) are all required to be in English.
What is the theme of Shell Ideas360

The theme of Shell Ideas360 is "People & Planet - the Energy, Water and Food Challenge". All teams will be requested to develop an innovative idea and proposal related to Energy, Water and Food.

When will teams from Stage 1 and Stage 2 be notified?

All entrants will be notified of Stage 1 results by January 15 2017, and Stage 2 results by May 01 2017. Teams will also receive feedback and comments from the Reviewers made during the review process.
Late entries

Late submissions will not be accepted after the closing time based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

What happens in Stage 1?

Register online
Explore online community. Participants have the option to form teams
Introductory Learning Sessions
Submission of idea to enter the competition.

What happens in Stage 2?

Up to 100 teams will be selected to develop their idea and submit a detailed report (not including references where required) and a video pitch no longer than 3 minutes.Selected ideas will have access to:
A designated mentor
Expert Learning Sessions; support to further develop idea
Leadership & business skills training

What happens in Stage 3?

  • Finalist teams receive:
  • A trip to the UK
  • Intensive coaching
  • Pitch idea to senior Shell executives, innovators and industry leaders
  • The five finalist teams will be expected to give a presentation followed by a Q&A session using a format of their choice (video/PowerPoint etc) to pitch their idea to a panel of Judges. The winner will be selected and announced at the end of this event.

Who are the judges?

Judges comprise of Shell senior leaders, external industry experts and venture capitalists.

What happens if a team cannot attend the Final Event?

In the case of a Team selected as a Finalist, at least one Team Participant must attend the Final Event on behalf of his/her Team. Such Teams will be required to confirm by 01 June 2017 the availability of at least one Team Participant to attend the Final Event. In the event that a Team does not provide such confirmation, the Promoter at its sole discretion may arrange for a replacement Team to be selected.

How do I access the Learning Sessions?

You must register online at then you can access all Learning Sessions organized. You can participate and interact in the sessions or watch them later at your convenience. 

What photos can I upload to support my idea?

Participants must only use photography which they have originated or third party photography for which they have consent. For further information please refer to competition Terms and Conditions.

Who owns the intellectual property of the idea?

The participants own the Intellectual Property (IP) of their idea. By participating in Shell Ideas360, Shell is granted global licensing rights to market, promote and communicate the ideas For further information please refer to competition Terms and Conditions.

How can I get my university involved?

ANNOUNCE: Encourage student participation
PARTICIPATE: Be a University Sponsor and help your team with their ideas
INCORPORATE: Complement theoretical teaching by including Shell Ideas360 as a practical project.

How will this Competition fit into my curriculum?

Complement theoretical teaching by including Shell Ideas360 as a practical project. For more information please email us at

As my students create their projects, what can I do to ensure that they only include media they have permission to use?

Talk to your students about copyright-free media, and share information about Creative Commons licensing Search for images using Google's Advanced Search, and select usage rights marked "labeled for reuse." Encourage your students to be creative by using their own photos or videos to bring their idea to life

Still have a few questions for us?

Email and visit

Terms and Conditions

15 September Competition opens and Eligible Students can submit ideas on Competition Website
15 December Deadline for submission of Stage 1 ideas
16 January Individual Participants/Teams selected to proceed to Stage 2 are informed
STAGE 2 16 JANUARY - 01 MAY 2017
16 January Individual Participants/Teams develop in-depth idea proposal and videoIndividual Participants/Teams have access to Shell Mentors and Subject Matter Experts
20 March Deadline for submission of Stage 2 idea proposal and video
01 May Individual Participants/Teams selected to proceed to Stage 3 are informed (the "
STAGE 3 01 MAY - 30 JUNE 2017
01 May - 24 June The Finalists prepare their final presentations
27 June The Finalists arrive in The UK, for the Final Event
30 June Final Event - Panel of Judges select the Winner of the Competition

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