Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

Do you have an innovative technology solution that could solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems? Apply for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020.

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of our work, we 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 the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting more devices and data than ever before, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before and Cisco is here to help.

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

The fourth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world.

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university. The prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

Prizes

  • $100,000 USD Grand Prize: A single team will be designated the grand prize winner.
  • $75,000 USD First Runner Up: A single team will be designated the first runner up.
  • $25,000 USD Second Runners Up: Three teams will be designated the Second Runners Up and will receive $25,000 USD each.
  • $10,000 USD Third Runners Up: Four teams will be designated the Third Runners Up and will receive $10,000 USD each.
  • $10,000 USD People’s Choice: The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

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.

Eligibility

  • 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, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Eligible solutions (technologies, products or services) must:
    • Incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) or digital technologies 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.).

How to Apply

Once you’ve prepared and double-checked all your materials, have your team leader;

Click here to Submit

Remember, you must click submit before the deadline in order for your entry to be considered. 

Deadline: 17th January 2020

Competition

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