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Who can enter?
To be eligible, individuals (or at least half of the team’s members for team submissions) must be students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree after March 1, 2016. In addition, if you are entering as a business entity, at least 25% of the business must be owned by individuals that meet the above qualifications. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here.
Can I enter as part of a team?
Yes. A team may have up to 5 team members. 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. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here.
When do I need to submit my application?
You or your team leader need to complete and submit all the application materials before the deadline on December 1, 2017 5:00 PM PST. For the complete rules, please click here.
What do I need to do in order to apply?
You need to register on our online platform, complete an online questionnaire, and upload required documentation. For more details on the submission guidelines, please click here.
Can I revise my submission?
Yes, you may revise your submission content (online questions and uploaded files) at any time until the deadline of December 1, 2017, 5:00 PM PST.
What are the prizes?
The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018 is offering $300,000 split among 10 prizes. One $100,000 prize, one $75,000 prize, three $25,000 prizes, and five $10,000 prizes. For more details, please see the rules here.
Who will determine the winners?
The team of industry and subject-matter experts from within and outside of Cisco will evaluate each entry based it integration of digitization/IoT, its level of innovation, technical and business feasibility including likelihood of sustainability, impact, and clarity to determine the winning solutions.
When can I vote for my favorites?
There is a public voting period from April 9-27, 2018. Voting opens on April 9 at 9 AM PST. When voting begins, the video pitches and short overviews provided by the finalists will be shared publicly for the People’s Choice Award. The solution with the highest number of votes at the end of April 27, 2018 at 5 PM will receive the People’s Choice Award and USD $10,000.
Who can vote for the People’s Choice Award?
Anyone can vote and you can vote for as many teams as you want during the public voting period from April 9-27, 2018. Every voter will have to register with a valid name and social media account (LinkedIn, Facebook or Google), in order to log in to cast their vote.
What will happen to my solution?
At the end of the challenge your solution will still belong to you and your team. Cisco may only use your solution to promote the challenge and to promote related initiatives. For more information, check the terms and conditions here.
Why was my entry disqualified?
If your entry does not meet the submission requirements, violates the terms and conditions, contain inappropriate content, or if you or your team did not provide appropriate proof of eligibility, your submission will be disqualified. You will not receive notice of disqualification until the end of the submission process. If you have any question or doubts about what is acceptable please review the terms and conditions here. If you still have a question, please contact us at email@example.com.
When will the winners be announced?
Finalists will be announced April 9, 2018, and the winners of the challenge will be announced on May 1, 2018.
What are the judging criteria?
The judging panel will make their selection based on the content of the submissions and using the following criteria:
1. Innovative Digitization/IoT Solution: 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? (33%)
2. Feasibility: How feasible is the solution to put into practice? Does the solution make sense financially? Will the solution be sustainable over the long term? (24%)
3. Impact: 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? (33%)
4. Clarity: How well do you articulate your solution and the potential impact it will have on society? (10%)
Are graduate students eligible for this challenge?
Yes. Any current student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, or a graduate from a post-secondary institution that received his/her degree on or after March 1, 2016 is eligible.
Can I submit an application in a language other than English?
No, all entries, in their entirety including videos, must be submitted in English, as outlined in the Rules. Entries not submitted in English are subject to disqualification.
Are all countries/provinces eligible to participate?
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. This Contest is void in these countries and where otherwise prohibited or restricted by law. For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit our Rules page.
If my solution is already a legal business entity, can I participate?
Business entity participants must enter the contest on behalf of their legal business organizations. An entry submitted by a business entity participant must designate one individual member as the “Business Team Leader” for contact and contest administrative purposes. The Business Team Leader will be responsible for submitting the entry on behalf of the business entity. Any individual who is employed by a business entity participant may not submit an entry in his or her individual capacity (i.e., as an Individual Participant).
To be eligible, 25 percent of the business entity must be owned by either (a) current students at any post-secondary institution, or (b) recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree on or after March 1, 2016.
For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit our Rules page.
Can I participate in the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge as a high school student?
No, to be eligible for the challenge, you must be a current student or recent graduate of a post-secondary institution.
Can I participate in the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge if I am under 18 years of age?
No, to be eligible for the challenge, you must be at least 18 years of age on or before December 1, 2017.
If I am an intern or contractor/vendor working for Cisco, can I participate?
No. Cisco employees, interns, contracted vendors, and their immediate household or family members are excluded from this challenge. For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit our Rules page.