FAQ's - Shell Ideas360


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 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 2016 to present their final ideas and attend the Shell Eco-Marathon. 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 and submit an initial idea. The ideas are evaluated and teams selected through to Stage 2 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 01/12/2015; and (ii) is currently studying (and is officially registered to continue studying until at least 01/12/2015) 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 www.shellideas360.com. If you wish, invite other students to form a team, or participate as an individual. Teams nominate a team captain who is the only person 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 selected to progress to Stage 2 of the Competition will receive a year's subscription to digital edition of WIRED magazine. A one-year subscription includes 12 monthly issues to the print and iPad/iPhone editions of magazine.
  • The Individual Participant or each Team Participant in the Team selected as the winner of the Competition will win an Adventure to be taken during the university summer vacation period in 2016. The 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 Adventure.

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. If participants wish to explore career opportunities or internships at Shell, please visit our website www.shell.com/careers 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.

What are the key dates and deadlines for Shell Ideas360?

STAGE 1 09 SEPTEMBER 2015 - 29 FEBRUARY 2016
09 September Competition opens and Eligible Students can submit ideas on Competition Website
22 January Deadline for submission of Stage 1 ideas
29 February Individual Participants/Teams selected to proceed to Stage 2 are informed
STAGE 2 29 FEBRUARY - 23 MAY 2016
29 February


Individual Participants/Teams develop in-depth idea proposal and video

Individual Participants/Teams have access to Shell Mentors and Subject Matter Experts

01 May Deadline for submission of Stage 2 idea proposal and video
23 May Individual Participants/Teams selected to proceed to Stage 3 are informed (the "
STAGE 3 23 May - 30 June 2016
23 May - 24 June The Finalists prepare their final presentations
27 June The Finalists arrive in The UK, for the Final Event
29 June Final Event - Panel of Judges select the Winner of the Competition

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

All entrants will be notified of Stage 1 results by February 29 2016, and Stage 2 results by May 23 2016. 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)

How are ideas evaluated?

  • Stage 1 - basic information about an idea that could help solve Energy, Water or Food issues, including the following details:
    • TITLE (6 words)
    • THE ELEVATOR PITCH- a description of the idea in a couple of sentences (60 words)
    • IMAGE/PHOTOrepresenting the idea
      • How novel is your idea?
      • How doable is your idea?
      • How relevant is your idea?
      • How valuable is your idea?
  • Stage 2 - a detailed project proposal and video (up to 3 minutes) explaining their idea in more detail. A briefing pack containing specific guidance as to the requirements for Stage 2 will be sent to relevant Participants at the start of Stage 2.
  • Stage 3 - Pitch with supporting slides for presentation at the Final Event.A briefing pack containing specific guidance as to the requirements for Stage 3 will be sent to relevant Participants at the start of Stage 3.

What happens in Stage 1?

  • Register online
  • Explore online community. Participants have the option to form teams
  • Introductory Google Hangouts
  • 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 Google Hangouts; support to further develop idea
  • Leadership & business skills training

What happens in Stage 3?

Finalist teams receive:

  • A trip to the UK
  • 3 days 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 June 2016 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 webinars?

You must register online at www.shellideas360.com then you can access and select your chosen Google Hangout(s).

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 participationPARTICIPATE: Be a University Sponsor and help your team with their ideasINCORPORATE: 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

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 licensingSearch 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 shellideas360@shell.com and visit www.shellideas360.com