2018 Global Problem Solver Challenge Entries Due January 12, 2018

Student and Recent Grad Entrepreneurs Eligible for $300K USD in Prizes

Guest post by Cristina McGlew Castro, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility

Cisco and ASU have been working together the last few years to inspire entrepreneurship, to prepare people to be successful in an increasingly digital world, and to have a positive social impact in the community.

It’s in this same spirit that Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has launched its second annual Global Problem Solver (GPS) Challenge, seeking out visionary and innovative ideas from college students and recent grads. Technology solutions or services that benefit society or the environment are eligible to compete for 10 prizes ranging from $10K to $100K to help these entrepreneurs see their solutions become reality.

Last year’s Grand Prize winner was Project Vive, a team from Penn State, with a vision of creating wearable sensors to enable communication for those with speech disabilities. One of their inventions, the Voz Box, is a patented speech-generating device that uses assistive smart technology to give voice to those who are currently voiceless.

Other winning entries run the gamut from an online learning platform that extends educational access to users in remote areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa, to a smartphone-based disease detection platform that uses real-time location data to measure pathogens in patient samples and the environment. You can see all the inspiring 2017 winners here.

The Cisco GPS Challenge 2018 is open to individuals and teams who are either currently enrolled as college students or are recent graduates, so we encourage budding entrepreneurs to apply. More details can be found on the Cisco GPS Challenge 2018 site.

Applications must be submitted by January 12, 2018 at 5PM PST, so don’t delay.

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