The second annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new innovative solutions that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world. The Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university.
$300,000 USD in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.
A single team will be designated the grand prize winner with the award of $100,000. Runner-up teams will receive up to $75,000. In addition to a cash infusion to develop your solution, it will be reviewed by Cisco technology experts and high-profile judges. You’ll receive peer and industry validation for your solution, as well as have a great opportunity for global recognition and publicity.
- You can participate as an individual or as part of a team.
- Teams may have a maximum of 5 members.
- Individuals, or at least half of a team’s members, must be currently enrolled as students or have received a degree (undergraduate or graduate) after March 1, 2016.
To prepare your submission you will need to complete an online questionnaire which will cover the following topics:
- Defining the problem you are solving
- Explaining the solution, including:
- Its benefits and how it uses digitization/IoT
- How it is unique and will be taken to market
- Risks associated with the solution
- Optional, but recommended, a 90 second pitch video of team member(s) explaining the solution.