Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Calling Students + Recent Grads • $300,000 in Prizes
How can your new technology solution or service help benefit the economy, society or the environment?

APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL MAY 30, 2017

Find your answer here

  • Who can enter?

    To be eligible, teams must have at least half of their members currently enrolled as students or have received a degree after March 1, 2016. If a business has already been formed, it must be at least 25% owned by individuals that meet the above qualifications. Individual students and recent grads may also apply. For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit our Rules page.  

  • Can I enter as part of a team?

    Yes. Teams may have a maximum of 5 members and must have at least half of their members currently enrolled as students or have received a degree after March 1, 2016. One student must register as the team leader and invite additional team members to register. For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit our Rules page.  

  • When do I need to submit my application?

    You or your team leader need to complete all the application materials, upload your video, and submit before the deadline on May 30th, 2017. For the complete rules click here.

  • What do I need to do in order to apply?

    You need to register on our online platform. Then once you have prepared your video and completed the submission questionnaire, double check your work and submit your application. For more details on the submission guidelines click here.

  • What are the prizes?

    The Cisco Challenge for Global Problem Solvers 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 see the rules here.

  • Who will determine the winners?

    The team of industry experts from Cisco will evaluate each entry based on its level of innovation and digitization, feasibility, impact, and clarity to determine the winning ideas. 

  • When can I vote for my favorites?

    There is a public voting period from June 12, 2017 to June 28, 2017. The team that receives the most votes during this window will win the $10,000 People’s Choice prize. Anyone can vote and you can vote for as many teams as you want. Every voter will have to register with a valid name and email and then log in to cast their vote.

  • What will happen to my idea?

    At the end of the challenge your idea will still belong to you and your team. Cisco may only use your idea to promote the challenge and to promote related initiatives. For more information check the terms and conditions here.

  • Why was my entry disqualified?

    Entries that don't meet the submission requirements, that violate the terms and conditions, contain inappropriate content, or teams that did not provide eligibility verification may be disqualified. No notice will be sent until the end of the submission process. If you have any question or doubt about what is acceptable please review the terms and conditions here. If you still have a question please contact us at cisco-challenge-support@skild.com.

  • When will the winners be announced?

    The winners of the contest will be announced on June 29th, 2017

  • What are the judging criteria?

    The Judging Panel will make their selection based on the content of the Entries and using the following criteria: 

    1. Innovation and Digitization aspect of 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 (technology, current state, action plan, financial model, budget, risks, etc.) (24%) 

    3. Impact: What is the scale of potential impact to economic development and/or a social or environmental problem? (How broad is the potential impact, how significant is the impact (breadth/depth))? (33%) 

    4. Clarity: How well do you articulate your solution and the potential impact it will have on economic development and/or solving a social or environmental problem? (10%)

  • Are graduate students eligible for this challenge?

    Yes, any currently enrolled student at any college or university is eligible. In addition, any recent graduate that received their degree since March 16, 2016 are also eligible. 

  • Can I submit an application in a language other than English?

    All entries must be submitted in English, as outlined in the Rules.  

  • 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).

    Business entities must be owned by a minimum of 25 percent (25%) business members who are either (a) current students at any post-secondary institution, or (b) recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2016.

    For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit our Rules page.

  • How does the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge differ from the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge?

    The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize student entrepreneurs that promote and accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies, products and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

    •     The challenge is focused on the prototype and start-up phases of the innovation process.
    •     The challenge is open to current students and recent graduates of post-secondary institutions globally.
    •     Participants may compete as an individual or in teams with two to five members. 

    The APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to inspire Networking Academy students to learn more about the Internet of Everything and share ideas of how what they learn can be leveraged to address global challenges.

    •     The competition is focused on the ideation stage of the innovation process.
    •     The challenge is open to current Cisco Networking Academy students that have completed the Introduction to the Internet of Everything course and are residents of the Asia Pacific and Japan region.
    •     Participants must compete in teams of two to four NetAcad students 
  • Why do the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge and the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge have similar names?

    As part of our work to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025, Cisco seeks to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. Our goal is to provide opportunities that inspire students and connect them with relevant resources to develop digital skills and ideation opportunities, as well as award funding to take their start-up to the next level.  

  • Can I participate in both the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge and the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge?

    If you meet the eligibility criteria for both challenges, you can participate in both.

    For detailed eligibility requirements for the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge visit: http://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_sg/global-problem-solver-challenge/index.html

    For detailed eligibility requirements for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge please visit our Rules page.