2017 SingularityU Singapore Global Impact Challenge

Improving the delivery and effectiveness of healthcare in Asia

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Are you the next exponential leader of tomorrow?

Do you have a healthcare solution that leverages exponential technology and has the potential to impact millions of people positively?

Submit your idea by April 11, 2017.

2017 Winner
Victor Pomponiu

Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, AI & Machine Learning, Medicine, Networks & Computing Systems

Winning idea: DeepSelf

DeepSelf delves into consciousness exploration and subtle behavioral change by utilizing AI technology.

Overview

The purpose of the SingularityU Singapore Global Impact Challenge is to recruit change agents to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Asia with an ability to scale and impact millions of people. 

Asia is home to more than half of the world’s population. Faced with a rapidly aging population and rising affluence in the region, healthcare challenges will continue to grow. Challenges include diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, delivery of affordable and effective care, and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  

In recognition of this growing problem, the theme for the inaugural SingularityU Singapore Global Impact Challenge will be to improve the delivery and effectiveness of healthcare in Asia through medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health technologies.

To tackle such issues, we are pleased to be working with global medical technology leader BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). BD is committed to advancing the world of health by improving discovery, diagnostics, and the delivery of care. Through partnerships with stakeholders, BD hopes to address the leading healthcare challenges and needs in Asia. 

We're looking for applicants with the skills and passion for developing great ideas—even moonshot ideas—and launching a startup company to improve the delivery and effectiveness of healthcare in Asia through medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health technologies. We hope to identify bold, innovative solutions to persistent challenges facing countries across Asia that will increase access to healthcare, enhance outcomes, reduce costs, and improve healthcare safety.

We welcome entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, and other experts from all disciplines to enter this Challenge and bring their passion and knowledge to help solve problems already facing millions of people across Asia today and beyond in the years ahead. 

The prize

The winner of this Challenge will secure a full sponsorship to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017, and is held on the SU campus at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.

Dates and timeline

Applications open: February 22, 2017

GIC launch workshop: March 14, 2017

Applications close: April 11, 2017

Finalists announced: April 17, 2017

Pitch event & winners announced: April 26, 2017

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Rules & Criteria

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The challenge is open to residents and citizens of Asia
  • You must be age 21 or older on the first day of the GSP
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
  • You must be able to participate in the entire GSP17 program from June 17 - August 17, 2017

Who Should Apply

We look for people from all professional backgrounds but will be really thrilled to find you if:

  • You’re an accomplished entrepreneur, technologist, scientist, or change agent with expertise in your chosen field(s)
  • You have a background in or a passion for addressing healthcare challenges 
  • You’re already considering how to leverage exponential technologies to create positive impact in the world 
  • You’re committed to the long-term journey of launching an impact-focused startup

Assessment Criteria

We will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:

  • Degree of the solution's relevance to the theme of the challenge
  • The regional relevance in solving the challenge in Asia
  • Feasibility, viability, and coherence of implementing the idea
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative potential, with a focus on technological novelty
  • Quality of applicants' leadership experience, profile, achievements, and potential

Entry Criteria

  • CV or resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
  • A video URL of the project idea

Important Dates

  • Applications open: February 22, 2017
  • GIC launch workshop: March 14, 2017
  • Applications close: April 11, 2017
  • Finalists announced: April 17, 2017
  • Pitch event & winners announced: April 26, 2017

GIC Organizing Team


Charlie Ang

Founding President, The Innovators Institute
Community Ambassador, SingularityU Singapore Chapter


Lee Chon Cheng

GIC Lead Organizer, SingularityU Singapore GIC


Steven Tucker, MD, FACP, FAMS

Founder and Medical Director, Tucker Medical
Chief Medical Advisor, Lumenlab - MetLife Innovation Center
GIC Organizer, SingularityU Singapore GIC

GIC Co-Organizers


Adam A. Lyle

Executive Chairman, Padang & Co Pte Ltd
Co-Organizer, SingularityU Singapore GIC


Derrick Chiang

CEO, Padang & Co Pte Ltd
Co-Organizer, SingularityU Singapore GIC

Frequently Asked Questions

Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual incentive competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These challenges act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists, and engineers with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact millions of people in 10 years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend our transformational Global Solutions Program.

Do ideas have to be at a certain stage to be submitted?

No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted.

Who is the owner of the intellectual property resulting from a GIC?

Intellectual property resulting from a GIC belongs to the applicant(s).

What is the GIC review process?

The selection process consists of two phases. The first phase involves a review of all applications to determine 5 finalists, and the second phase involves final judging to select the winner at a pitch event.

Is there an obligation for the GIC winner to work on the winning project during the GSP?

No, there’s no such obligation from either SU or the GIC Sponsor. The GIC winner can elect to recruit fellow GSP classmates to work on his or her winning project or create an entirely new project during the summer.

Who pays for the travel expenses for the winner to come to SU?

GIC winners are responsible for their own travel expenses to/from SU.

What happens if a GIC winner cannot attend GSP for any reason?

In all cases where a GIC winner cannot attend GSP, the winner forfeits his or her GSP seat to the first runner-up and would then need to reapply for admission in a future year.

For more information, see the Global Solutions Program.

Still have questions?

Get in touch with the Singapore GIC organizers by emailing them at [email protected], or contact the Global Impact Challenges team at SU at [email protected].