Updated Dec 07, 2017CLOSED

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018

Offered by Cisco

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

$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.

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.
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GrantType
CLOSEDJan 12, 2018Deadline
Up to $100,000Amount
10Number
UnavailableDuration(Months)
Criteria: PrizeNumberAmount Per Prize
11Up to $100,000
21Up to $75,000
33Up to $25,000
44Up to $10,000
51Up to $10,000

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development and Stage 3: Proof of Concept
Implemented In:
RegionN/A
CountryN/A
Focus AreasAll Sectors
The Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university.

This Contest is open and offered only to (1) individuals age eighteen (18) years or older at the time of registration, 2) teams of up to five individuals, and (3) legal business entities satisfying the following requirements:

- Individual Participant. Individuals must be either (a) current students at any post-secondary institution, or (b) recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2016.

- Team Participant. A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the individual members comprising a team must be either (a) current students at any post-secondary institution, or (b) recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2016.

- Business Entity Participant. Business entities must be at least 25 percent (25%) owned by (a) current students at any post-secondary institution, and/or (b) recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2016. Business Participants may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to provide proof of business ownership for verification purposes.

This Contest is not open to individuals in the province of Quebec in Canada. In addition, residents of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan are not eligible to participate.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of FundsMust be an original idea for an early stage technology-enabled solution that drives economic development and/or solves social problems.

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.)
How innovative is the solution in its use of new or existing technology to solve a local or global problem? Are there other solutions available and if so, how does this differentiate from them?
Potential for ScaleHow feasible is the solution to put into practice? Does the solution make sense financially? Will the solution be sustainable over the long term?What is the scale of potential social impact? How broad is the impact? How many people will your solution reach? How significant is the impact?

Application Directions

To enter the Contest,complete the online registration form.

All Entries must be submitted in English.

Application And Awards Process

ROUND 1
Participants may be invited to attend a WebEx conference call to answer questions and/or to further explain or clarify their Entry. A request for a WebEx conference call does not indicate that the Participant will be a Semi-Finalist, and not all Participants will be requested to join a conference call.From all the Entries in Round One, the Judging Panel will select up to fifty (50) Entries to proceed to Round Two as Semi-Finalists.Round One judging will take place between January 15 – February 16, 2018. Semi-Finalists are expected to be announced on or about February 19, 2018.

ROUND 2
To enter Round Two, each Semi-Finalist is required to 1) submit an overview video, and 2) complete an online questionnaire.Submissions for Round 2 will be open between February 19, 2018 and March 30, 2018 at 5pm Pacific Time.From all the Entries in Round Two, the Judging Panel will select up to fifteen (15) to proceed to Round Three as Finalists.Round Two judging will take place between April 2 – April 27, 2018. Finalists are expected to be announced on or about April 30, 2018.

People's Choice Award
The video overviews and short summaries from the questionnaires belonging to the Finalists selected in Round Two will entered in the People’s Choice Award for public voting.The People’s Choice Award is in addition to the other Contest awards and winning the People’s Choice Award does not preclude winning any of the other prizes.People’s Choice voting will take place between April 30 and May 18, 2018. The winner is expected to be announced on or about May 21, 2018.

ROUND 3
From the Finalists selected in Round Two, the Judging Panel will select up to nine (9) Contest.Final Round judging will take place between April 30 – May 18, 2018. Winners are expected to be announced on or about May 21, 2018.
Round 11-2 months
Round 21-2 months
Final Decision5-6 months

Past Funded Innovations Of Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018

WINNER
DEC 2018
CareMotherCareMother
  • $100,000PENDING
    1. TITLEInnovation
    2. TYPEGrant
    3. FOCUS AREASEntrepreneurship
    4. IMPLEMENTED INEntrepreneurship
    5. FUNDINGCisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018
    6. ORGANIZATIONCiscoCisco
    WINNER
    MAY 2018
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