What’s your moonshot innovation to a global grand challenge that leverages artificial intelligence and has a potential to impact a billion people in 10 years?

2018 Winners

Kim Chang GIC APAC Winner

2018 Winner
Kun-Chieh Chang

Project: High Precession & AI big data micro vibration pattern measurement system
Using Optics Pattern to detect micro vibration on human skin to diagnose diseases especially in Parkinson’s disease.

GIC Winner Placeholder

2018 Winner
Natalia Mykhaylova

Project: WeavAir
Our vision at WeavAir is to reduce energy consumption and costs of HVAC systems through networked sensor add-ons for the HVAC systems.


The purpose of the SingularityU APAC Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the Asia Pacific, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.

What moonshot innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity, and shelter) using Artificial Intelligence that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?

Why Host a Global Impact Challenge in the Asia Pacific?

Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), a flagship startups program based in Taiwan for technology entrepreneurship and innovation, is seeking to identify Asia Pacific innovators with projects or startups that can solve the main social problems and have the vision of positively impacting the lives of millions of people in the world through the creation of products, services and solutions with the use of AI technology.

The Asia Pacific countries that are eligible for this GIC are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Prize

The winner will receive a seat at SU Ventures Incubator program. The Incubator Program is a 10-week program that fosters the development of viable start-ups (for profit or not-for profit).

The SU Ventures Incubator Program runs from September 3 – November 9, 2018.

The additional winner(s) will also be awarded the following Special Awards:

TIEC Special Award
Sponsored by The Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MOST), the TIEC Special Award will provide winning team business development support in Silicon Valley.

TTA Special Award
Sponsored by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), the TTA Special Award will provide access to TTA resources.

The Incubator Program Journey

The incubator program journey

Dates and timeline

Applications open: May 14, 2018
Applications close: July 23, 2018
Announcement of Finalists: July 30, 2018
Workshop: August 9, 2018
Pitch event & Winners announced: August 10, 2018

Sponsored and hosted by:

As the Taiwan government’s dedicated scientific and technological development agency, MOST is responsible for promoting the nation’s overall S&T development, supporting academic research, developing the science parks and bringing academic research another step closer to industrial needs. MOST’s goal is to boost Taiwan’s academic and industrial competitiveness at the international level.

Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) is a Flagship startups program based in Taipei, Taiwan, aiming to foster tech entrepreneurship and innovation. We work with 100+ Taiwanese/international startups annually through the outbound and inbound programs with expanding partners in the ecosystem, including VCs, accelerators, corporations, research institutions across APAC region and beyond to make the innovation happen.

Rules & Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a citizen or resident of the APAC region. The countries included in this GIC are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
  • You must be able to attend the entire SU Ventures Incubator Program (September 3 – November 9, 2018)
  • Note: Selected winner(s) who will turn their ideas to viable projects must set up a legal entity in Taiwan within one year of winning the prize.

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

  • You’re a founder of an idea-stage startup or an individual with a moonshot idea
  • You’re an accomplished entrepreneur, technologist, scientist, or change agent with expertise in your chosen field(s)
  • 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
  • Degree of solution’s relevance to the theme of the challenge
  • The regional relevance in solving the challenge in the Asia Pacific region
  • Feasibility, Viability and Coherence of implementing the idea
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative potential, with a focus on technological novelty
  • Applicant’s leadership experience and quality, profile, achievements, and potential
  • CV/Resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
    • Within the abstract, describe and detail the following: your idea and problem/opportunity you are addressing, your solution and long-term impact, applied technology for your solution, and your business model
  • A video URL of the project idea
  • Applications open: May 14, 2018
  • Applications close: July 23, 2018
  • Announcement of Finalists: July 30, 2018
  • Workshop: August 9, 2018
  • Pitch event & Winners announced: August 10, 2018

GIC Organizing Team

Chyou-Huey Chiou, PhD

Director General,

Department of Academic-Industrial Collaboration and Science Park Affairs,

Ministry of Science and Technology

Chun-Hao headshot photograph

Chun-Hao Huang, PhD

GSP 2016, SU

Co-founder & CEO, Clinicai, SU Portfolio Company

Innovator Under 35, MIT Technology Review

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 a billion people in 10 years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend an SU program.

We are looking for early-phase startup ideas or individuals with a moonshot ideas. Judging criteria is based on the grandness of the idea—such as whether it solves a problem with a potential to positively impact millions of people, technological novelty, viability of implementing it and applicants leadership potential.

If you’re a later-stage venture, check out the SU Ventures program.

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

The selection process has 2-3 phases, depending on the GIC. The first phase involves a review of all applications to determine 5-10 finalists, and the second phase involves final judging to select the winner at a pitch event.

The GIC sponsor MOST will cover flight tickets for finalists to attend the workshop and pitch event in Taiwan on August 9-10, 2018.

The winner will cover their own air travel expenses to and from SU.

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

Still have questions?

Contact the Global Impact Challenges team at SU at [email protected].