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Deadline: January 12, 2018 00:00 (EST)
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Eligibility: 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, visit the official website.
Prizes: USD 300,000,- in Prizes

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018

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.

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of its 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.

How can your innovative technology solution solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems?

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 they’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.

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.

Prizes

  • Grand prize – 100 000 USD
  • First Runner Up – 75 000 USD
  • Second Runners Up – 25 000 USD
  • Third Runners-Up – 10 000 USD
  • People’s Choice – 10 000 USD

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, 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.

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.).

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