Call for Applications: DHL Innovation Challenge

DHL Innovation Challenge

DHL Robotics Challenge 2016

Calling all inventors and visionaries! DHL couriers need your help to deal with the ever-increasing quantity of packages they deliver.

This year’s DHL Robotics Challenge requires you to design the prototype of a self-driving delivery cart that can autonomously accompany our postmen and women during last-mile delivery. Your prototype must be able to traverse typical urban and rural landscapes at walking speed while carrying parcels, saving our couriers the tiresome task of manually pushing a trolley.

DHL Robotics Challenge

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?


Pitch your concept 
to senior DHL executives

Participate in a
joint proof-of-concept with DHL

Win a grand prize of €10,000 with DHL
€3,000
FOR THE SECOND PLACE€2,000
FOR THE THIRD PLACE

Display the winning concept at the DHL
Innovation Centers

How to enter?

It’s really easy to enter. You’ll need to submit a document (containing 500 words or less) and video content of up to 3 minutes in length on this site, outlining the concept behind the prototype solution (see terms & conditions). This document and video will be used for the initial assessment of all entries.

All entries must be submitted by 14th September 2016 at 5 pm GMT.

DHL Sustainability Challenge

Fair & Responsible Challenge

For the 2016 DHL Innovation Challenge, we are excited to focus on
Fair & Responsible Logistics – Creating Sustainable Logistics Solutions for the World of Tomorrow.

Fair & Responsible Logistics embraces the idea that doing well comes from doing good. By taking a business-oriented approach to fairness and responsibility, companies can focus on creating shared value, turning social and environmental challenges into sustainable, fair, and potentially profitable business models. The DHL Innovation Challenge invites you to come up with original ideas and practical solutions that address and solve environmental and social challenges with new and innovative logistics-based business models.

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

Pitch your concept 
to senior DHL executives
  Participate in a
joint proof-of-concept with DHL
Win €5,000 with DHL
Display the winning concept
at the DHL Innovation Centers

How to enter?

It’s really easy to enter. You don’t need to be a designer, a logistics expert, or an engineer to enter; you just need to be imaginative and aged 18+ on the competition submission deadline.

You’ll need to submit a description of your concept (containing 1,000 words or less) and video content (up to 2.5 minutes). For the top three entrants, this video will be used as part of the pitch at the DHL Innovation Day. Both your document and your video content should outline the problem and explain the solution and its contribution to Fair & Responsible Logistics.

All entries must be submitted by 28th September 2016 at 5 pm GMT.

What are we looking for?

This challenge is open to anyone (subject to terms & conditions) with an innovative idea for a Fair & Responsible Logistics solution – one that creates value for all stakeholders.

Your idea could be about using logistics to facilitate the circular economy, or using global transportation networks to provide fair access in developing and remote regions. It could be about applying the latest technologies to create transparency in the supply chain, or alternative ways for logistics to accelerate fair production and trade. Your concept could be a new product, a service solution, or even a great packaging concept. Just make sure that your idea demonstrates value to the business as well as to society and/or the environment.

For inspiration, please download the
DHL Fair & Responsible Logistics Trend Report.

How is the winner chosen?

Once you’ve submitted your ideas, the entries will go through a pre-selection process based on their originality, functionality, perceived commercial feasibility, aesthetics, and potential to solve the problem outlined.

Three finalists will then be chosen by a panel of logistics experts and will be notified by 14th October 2016. One representative from each of the three finalists will be flown to the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf, Germany to pitch their concept in front of 180+ senior supply chain professionals at the DHL Innovation Day (17th November 2016). Entries will be judged on their originality, functionality, perceived commercial feasibility, aesthetics and potential to solve the problem outlined. After the pitch, there will be an audience live-voting session; the entry with the most votes will be awarded as the winner of the DHL Innovation Challenge.

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