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January 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

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$1M Cisco’s Global Problem Solver Challenge


Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

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 thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting more devices and data, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and we’re here to help.

Our fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from entrepreneurs around the world. Our goal is to advance early-stage projects that are beyond the concept or idea formation stage, but which have not yet generated over $1M USD in funding and/or revenue.

This year’s $1,000,000 USD prize pool will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

Submit your solution by January 29, 2021, at 5 pm PT!

Prizes

$250,000 USD Grand Prize

A single team will be designated the grand prize winner.

 

$75,000 USD Regional First Runners-Up

Three teams from Americas, EMEAR and APJC will be designated the regional first runners-up and will receive $75,000 USD each.

 

$50,000 USD Second Runners-Up

Three teams will be designated the second runners-up and will receive $50,000 USD each.

 

$25,000 USD Third Runners-Up

Three teams will be designated the third runners-up and will receive $25,000 USD each.

 

$10,000 USD Fourth Runners-Up

Three teams will be designated the fourth 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.

 

$10,000 USD Cisco Employees’ Choice

The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the Cisco Employees’ Choice Award.

 

Special 2021 Prizes

$50,000 USD Greenhouse Gas Solutions Prize

A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

 

$50,000 USD Ethical AI Prize

A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

 

$50,000 USD Digital Inclusivity Prize

A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

 

$50,000 USD HBCU Startup Prize

A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

 

$50,000 USD Pandemic Response Prize

A single team will be designated as the winner of this prize.

 

More detail about the prizes.

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. Our goal is to advance early-stage projects that are beyond the concept or idea formation stage, but which have not yet generated over $1M USD in funding and/or revenue. We look for projects with a dedicated team and that have completed a proof of concept for the core functionality of the product/service at a minimum. For detailed eligibility requirements, please review the rules.

Details

Date:
January 29, 2021
Time:
5:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://cisco.innovationchallenge.com/cisco-global-problem-solver-challenge-2021