The purpose of the SingularityU Costa Rica Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Central America, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years
This year, for the first time, we are ideally looking for applicants who have the skills and passion to develop a moonshot idea and launch a startup company that addresses climate change, although we will also accept outstanding applicants who have other areas of expertise or choose to innovate in other fields.
Climate change is a broad focus area that includes many areas ripe for innovation. For example, if you’re developing sustainable food sources or alternative energy sources, developing governance models for policy, or focused on issues such as biodiversity or water access, you already fall within the climate change theme and should definitely apply.
Again, we welcome entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, and other experts from all disciplines to apply, and we will not require participants to innovate in the climate change space.
What moonshot innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity, or shelter) using exponential technology that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?
New for 2017
This year, the GSP has two big changes: (1) climate change is the overarching theme, and (2) we have a new collaboration with XPRIZE.
We selected the climate change theme because it has consequences for every industry, geographic region, and way of life. Even if you don’t consider yourself a climate change authority or innovator, your skill set can probably help mitigate the effects of climate change. If you’re already passionate about impact or working in the impact space, you can create a moonshot innovation to address this urgent global problem.
We will not require participants to innovate in the climate change space, and welcome people from all disciplines to apply, but this theme will inform the program curriculum. We are looking for applicants from ANY technology or science discipline because we know a challenge as huge as climate change can only be solved within the convergence of multiple disciplines and exponential technologies.
Our collaboration with XPRIZE will give you an extraordinary opportunity to tap into the wisdom and expertise of the best minds working in this field today and their established network of funders.
Ready to join our quest and help create positive impact in the world, or amp up the work you’re already doing? Excellent, we hope you’ll apply! The ultimate winner of this challenge will obtain 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.
But wait! There’s more!
All finalists of this challenge will be invited to participate in an immersive experience in Costa Rica with the opportunity to attend a 1-week camp in Silicon Valley to learn more about exponential technologies and the startup life! So make sure you have your passport and visa ready!
Dates and timeline
Applications open: December 19, 2016
Applications close: February 27, 2017
Pitch event: April 1, 2017
Winners announced: April 1, 2017