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 fourth 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.
$350,000 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.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to every participant!
$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.
India Impact Prizes
$25,000 USD India Impact Grand Prize
A single team will be designated the India Impact grand prize winner.
$10,000 USD India Impact Runners-Up
Two teams will be designated runners-up and will receive $10,000 USD each.
$5,000 USD India Impact 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 15, 2019
Applications Close Jan 17 at 5pm PTJanuary 17, 2020
Semi-Finalists Invited to SubmitMarch 11, 2020
Semi-Finalist Submissions Close May 29 at 5pm PTMay 29, 2020
Finalists Announced and People's Choice Voting OpensJuly 7, 2020
People's Choice Voting ClosesJuly 31, 2020
Winners AnnouncedAugust 5, 2020