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Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 for Students and Recent graduates

If you know you have an innovative technology solution that would and could solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems, then Cisco 2020 Global Problem Solver Challenge is for you. Cisco  is currently inviting applications from qualified individuals and teams and business entities to apply for its 2020 Global Problem Solver Challenge.

This challenge aims to  recognize new business ideas  that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world. If nominated and selected, your ideas would be rewarded with cash prize and also an opportunity for global recognition and publicity.

To apply, carefully read the eligibility and method of application. 

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Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

  • Type Undergraduate
  • OrganisationCisco
  • Country to study -
  • School to study -
  • Course to study Not specified
  • State of Origin
  • Gender Men and Women
  • Application Deadline January 17, 2020

Aim and Benefits of Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

  1. $100,000 USD Grand Prize: A single team will be designated the grand prize winner.
  2. $75,000 USD First Runner Up: A single team will be designated first runner up.
  3. $25,000 USD Second Runners Up: Three teams will be designated the Second Runners Up and will receive $25,000 USD each.
  4. $10,000 USD Third Runners Up: Four teams will be designated the Third Runners Up and will receive $10,000 USD each.
  5. $10,000 USD People’s Choice: The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

India Impact Prizes

  1. $25,000 USD India Impact Grand Prize: A single team will be designated the India Impact grand prize winner
  2. $10,000 USD India Impact Runners Up: Two teams will be designated Runners Up and will receive $10,000 USD each
  3. $5,000 India Impact People’s Choice Award: The finalist entry that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award

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.


Requirements for Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Qualification

his Contest is open and offered only to (1) individuals age eighteen (18) years or older at the time of registration (“Individual Participant”), 2) teams of up to five individuals age eighteen (18) years or older at the time of registration (“Team Participant”), and (3) legal business entities (“Business Entity Participant”) satisfying the following requirements:

Individual Participant. Individuals must be either:

  1. Current students at any post-secondary institution,
  2. Recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2018.

For the India Impact Grand Prize, India Impact Runners Up prizes, and India Impact People’s Choice award the individual must be:

  1. A current student at any Indian post-secondary institution,
  2. Recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree at an Indian post-secondary institution after March 1, 2018

Team Participant. A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the individual members comprising a team must be either:

  1. Current students at any post-secondary institution,
  2. Recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2018.

For the India Impact Grand Prize, India Impact Runners Up prizes, and India Impact People’s Choice award a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the individual members comprising a team must be either:

  1. Current students at any Indian post-secondary institution,
  2. Recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree at an Indian post-secondary institution after March 1, 2018

Business Entity Participant. Business entities must be at least 25 percent (25%) owned by:

  1. Current students at any post-secondary institution, and/or
  2. Recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2018.

Business Participants may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to provide proof of business ownership for verification purposes.

For the India Impact Grand Prize, India Impact Runners Up prizes, and India Impact People’s Choice award business entities must be at least 25 percent (25%) owned by (a)

  1. Current students at any Indian post-secondary institution, and/or r
  2. Recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree after March 1, 2018. Business Participants may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to provide proof of business ownership for verification purposes.  

For purposes of this Contest, “post-secondary” refers to an education beyond high school level as defined in the United States, such as education offered by colleges, universities, vocational schools, and any other educational facility that provides an academic degree or certificate.

NOTE: Individual Participants, Team Participants, and/or Business Entity Participants that have previously received monetary awards in the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge or a Cisco prize at the Rice Business Plan Competition are not eligible for this Contest.

Confirmation of eligibility will be required prior to awarding any prizes.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

  1. Semi-Finalists Invited to Submit March 11, 2020

  2. Semi-Finalist Submissions Close Apr 3, 2020

  3. Finalists Announced and People's Choice Voting Opens May 5, 2020

  4. People's Choice Voting Closes May 22, 2020

  5. Winners Announced May 27, 2020


Application Deadline

January 17, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Cisco on gps2020.skild.com to apply

To enter the Contest, accurately and truthfully complete the online registration form, accept the Terms and Conditions and follow the instructions for submitting an “Entry” as described on the Site. An “Entry” must be an original idea for an early stage technology-enabled solution that drives economic development and/or solves social or environmental problems as described further on the Site. The party submitting an Entry is referred to as a “Participant” or “you.” Participants may submit an Idea individually, or as part of a team, or as a Business Entity (as described above). As used herein, “Entry” means all submissions, original ideas, videos, documents or other materials submitted to Sponsor in connection with the Contest. Each Entry must be the original creation of the Participant. Once submitted, Entries may not be cancelled, removed or revoked by the Participant. Sponsor, its affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns are in no way obligated to use or continue to use any Entry.


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