Digitize. Do More Good.
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 we’re here to help.
Our third 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 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.
$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 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.
Why should you participate?
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.
Should you enter?
If your solution uses digital technology to positively impact society or the environment, consider entering. Areas of impact include, but are not limited to, critical human needs like water or food security, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, accessibility, and the environment. For detailed eligibility requirements, please click here.
Applications OpenOctober 23, 2018
Applications Close Jan 11 at 5 PM PTJanuary 11, 2019
Semi-finalists Invited to SubmitFebruary 25, 2019
Semi-finalist Submissions Close Mar 29 at 5 PM PTMarch 29, 2019
Finalists Announced and People's Choice Voting OpensApril 29, 2019
People's Choice Voting ClosesMay 17, 2019
Winners AnnouncedMay 20, 2019