Build a better world with technology

Accenture Program the Future 2021: Innovation Challenge

The Challenge

How might we gamify the implementation of sustainable solutions through technology?

DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION: June 23, 2021, (Wednesday)

  1. The competition is open to all college students who are passionate about technology and programming. They must be committed to building a working prototype or a minimum viable product (MVP), which they will present during the finals. (1st to 4th year college students)
  2. A team must consist of not more than five members. Team members may be enrolled in different courses but should come from only one school/college/university.
  3. a. Special prizes will be given to a team with a good mix of male and female members.

    • At least 2 male team members
    • At least 2 female team members

  4. Each student must be at least 18 years old by the deadline for submission of ideas and may join only one team.
  5. Register your team and submit your ideas on the form provided below.
  6. Teams should submit an idea that addresses this year’s problem statement:

    How might we gamify the implementation of sustainable solutions through technology?

    • Low Carbon Energy Industry Transitions
    o How might we lead industries towards sustainable futures?
    • Green IT, Cloud and Software
    o How might we reduce the footprint of IT, cloud and software?
    • Responsible Value Chains
    o How might we redesign and deliver trusted, net-zero and circular to end-to end value chains?
  7. The submitted idea should include the following components: Problem + Technology Solution
    ex. We plan to use computer vision to help identify proper waste segregation in the communities.
    a. Problem

    What type of problem are you trying to address?
    Innovation Challenges:

    • Improper waste segregation
    • High carbon emissions
    b. Technology Solution

    What are you going to build? What technologies are you going to utilize to build your prototype?

    • website / digital platform
    • software
    • apps
    • wearable
    • data analysis


  1. The top 20 teams selected by the PTF Core Team will be invited to the Innovation Bootcamp.
    Note: Date may be changed without prior notice
  2. The top 20 teams invited to the Innovation Bootcamp will automatically each receive PhP 5,000 during the event.
  3. During the event, each team will be assigned a mentor from Advanced Technology Centers in the Philippines (ATCP).
  4. These mentors will guide them throughout their PTF journey.
  5. The teams will undergo a Design Thinking session to help them create their proofs of concept. They will then present these to the judges.
  6. The judges will deliberate and choose the top 10 teams that will move on to the finals.
  7. The top 10 teams will each receive Php 20,000 to further fund the completion of their prototypes.


  1. Touchpoints: Mentors will reach out to the teams to schedule regular touchpoints to work on their respective prototype.
  2. Meeting schedules must be agreed upon by the mentors, students and their coach professor (if applicable).
  3. Before the finals, teams will be given six weeks to:
    • Improve their tech solution, build a prototype and develop their idea pitch
    • Come up with a business case to maximize social impact
  4. Teams are expected to present their working prototypes during the Finals.


  1. During the finals, each team is expected to present a working prototype to the Accenture Technology judges. All presentation and reference materials should be uploaded on the HackerEarth site, which will be provided by the PTF Core Team.
  2. Each team will present and demo their prototype to the judges. A total of 15 minutes will be given to each team, 7 minutes for their presentation and 8 minutes to answer questions from the judges.
  3. The PTF champion and special awardees will be announced at the close of the finals round.
  4. The decision of the judges will be final and irrevocable.


  • Solution Impact – 30%
  • Use of emerging technology – 30%
  • Uniqueness of idea – 20%
  • Usability of solution – 20%


A write-up on the top 10 teams, and their stories and ideas will be published in an internal website of Accenture Technology. Employees will be asked to vote for their favorite idea. The team that generates the most votes will be declared the Accenture Favorite awardee and will receive Php 50,000 cash.

This award will be given to the idea in the Top 10 list that best exemplifies our Technology Vision 2021 and its trends. The judges will decide the winner of this award.


Top 20 Teams – Php 5,000
Top 10 Finalists – Php 20,000

Special Awards

Tech Vision 2021 Awardee – Php 100,000
Accenture Favorite – Php 50,000

Grand Champion
Grand Champion – Php 300,000

Intellectual Property rights of the proposed innovative solutions will be owned by their respective student-proponents (or teams). The students will have sole discretion over further development and deployment of the app. Students declare that the submission including the idea and MVP represents their original work and does not contain any third-party confidential or non-public information. They also represent that their submission does not violate or infringe upon the any third-party Intellectual Property rights. Students also acknowledge that Accenture reserves the rights to conceive and develop any of the ideas submitted by the students independently.

The company reserves the right to change these mechanics including the timelines at any time without prior notice. In the event that any changes are made, the revised mechanics or timelines shall be posted on this website immediately.

Register your team today and lead change where you can!

Deadline for Idea Submissions: June 23, 2021
Innovation Bootcamp: June 25, 2021
Final Round: July 30, 2021
Note: Date may be changed without prior notice.

*Assign one team representative that will serve as our main point of contact.


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(Problem + Technology Solution)

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