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 that will not only survive, but drive and thrive in our increasingly digital economy.

With the Internet of Things (IO) and digital technologies connecting more devices and data than ever before, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference faster than ever before, and we’re here to help.

Our fourth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for the social impact of entrepreneurial students around the world. The Challenge is open to students and recent alumni of any college or university.

$350,000 in prizes will help accelerate the adoption of cutting-edge technology, products and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

Registration and Participation

You may participate as an individual, as part of a team or as a business entity. Teams can have a maximum of 5 members. Individuals, or at least half of the members of a team, must be currently enrolled as students or have received a degree (undergraduate or graduate) after March 1, 2018. If you are registering as part of a team, your team leader must register first and then you can register using your email address. 


There will be two distinct rounds of presentation.

The first round opens October 15, 2019 and closes January 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST. To prepare your presentation, you will need to complete an online questionnaire, which will cover the following topics:

Define the problem being solved Explain the solution, including:

  • Your advantages and how you use IoT or digital technologies
  • How it is unique and how it will be brought to market
    Risks associated with the solution
  • 90-second video of team members explaining the solution
  • Additional supporting documentation:
  • Teacher Advisor Contact Information
  • Proof of eligibility (student status or degree)
  • Once you are ready, click here to register (or log in) and prepare your presentation.

Deadline for submission of solutions: January 17, 2020 5:00 p.m. PT

For more information visit the official site Here

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