Applications open for Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 on October 15, 2019!
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019

$300,000 in Prizes • Calling Students and Recent Grads

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

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 Open

    October 23, 2018
  • Applications Close Jan 11 at 5 PM PT

    January 11, 2019
  • Semi-finalists Invited to Submit

    February 25, 2019
  • Semi-finalist Submissions Close Mar 29 at 5 PM PT

    March 29, 2019
  • Finalists Announced and People's Choice Voting Opens

    April 29, 2019
  • People's Choice Voting Closes

    May 17, 2019
  • Winners Announced

    May 20, 2019
Meet Our Winners!