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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?


The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is a worldwide search for early stage technology-enabled solutions that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment. This competition is open to teams of students or recent alumni from any college or university.

Register to Participate

You can participate as an individual or as part of a team. 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. If you are registering as part of a team, your team leader will need to register first and then you can register using your email address. For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit our Rules page. Once you are ready, click here to register.

Prepare your Submission

To prepare your submission you'll need to complete and upload the following:

Overview Video

Please upload a video pitch, maximum of 90 seconds in length, that provides a high-level overview of the solution and how it drives economic development and/or solves a social or environmental problem. We'll be focused on the clarity and content, not the video production quality, of your video.


The online questionnaire will include the following sections:

  • Name of the Solution
  • Executive Summary
  • Problem Statement
  • Solution & Technical Supporting Materials
  • Value Proposition
  • Differentiation
  • Current State
  • Action Plan
  • Financial Model
  • Budget
  • Risks and Mitigation Plan
  • Partnering Organizations
  • Team Members
  • Additional Supporting Documentation
  • Contact Information for Faculty Advisor
  • Ownership Structure (for legal entities) 

Once you are ready, click here to register or log in.  

Submit your Idea

Be sure that you or your team leader logs in to the challenge website here before the May 30, 2017 at 5 PM PT deadline to double check all of the materials and click submit in order to be considered. If your application is not submitted by the deadline it will not be considered. Be sure to check that your content meets the submission guidelines, which can be found here, or your submission will be disqualified. Check for completeness, appropriate content, video length, and unlicensed images, music, or video.

Vote for your Favorites

Be sure to come back between June 12th, 2017 and June 28th, 2017 and log in to the challenge website and vote for your favorite entries!

Celebrate the Winners

Once the submission period closes on May 30th, 2017 our judges will begin evaluating the submissions, looking for ideas that are especially innovative and which clearly articulate their use of technology, feasibility and scale of impact. Winners will be announced on June 29th, 2017!