Deadline: 12 January 2018
Open to: students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree
Award: Grand prize – USD 100 000
Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of the work, they seek to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in our increasingly digital economy.
With digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) connecting more devices and data than ever before, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and we’re here to help.
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.
For participants to be eligible, at least half of the team’s members must be students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree after March 1, 2016. If entering as a business entity, at least 25% of the business must be owned by individuals that meet the above qualifications. Individual students and recent grads may also apply. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here.
Eligible solutions (technologies, products or services) must:
- Incorporate IoT/digitization as part of the solution;
- Have a positive social, environmental or economic impact (e.g. health, education, accessibility, critical human needs (food, water, disaster response/recovery, safety, etc.).