The 2017 SingularityU Finland Global Impact Challenge (Finland GIC 2017) is an open call to entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, inventors, and scientists with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations that have the potential to positively impact millions of people within 10 years. The winner of the challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend the transformational Global Solutions Program (GSP).
Global Impact Challenge focuses on ideas that leverage exponential technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, data science, digital biology and biotech, medicine, nanotech and digital fabrication (i.e., 3D printing), networks and computing systems. The accelerating rate at which these technologies are advancing creates unprecedented opportunities for new solutions leveraging them to scale rapidly. As Finland is reaching its 100th year of independence this year, we welcome innovations that positively impact the lives of people living in Finland, but with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years. Your idea does not need to be at a certain stage; it can range from a concept with immense potential to an invention you have patented or a startup that you have founded.
For the first time, our Global Solutions Program (GSP) will have an overarching theme: climate change. We are ideally looking for applicants who have the skills and passion to develop a moonshot idea and launch a startup that addresses climate change. 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.
We also welcome applicants who have other areas of expertise and choose to innovate in other challenge spaces. Singularity University has defined 12 global grand challenges: energy, environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance, health, learning, prosperity and security.
Five finalists will be selected to attend the prestigious 5-day SingularityU Denmark bootcamp in Copenhagen March 14th-18th, 2017. This program will teach participants how to apply exponential technologies and increase the impact potential of their ideas. At the end of March, the five finalists will pitch their ideas at the grand finals in Helsinki, after which a winner will be announced.
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.
The winner of this challenge will secure a full sponsorship to attend the transformational Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017, on the SU campus at NASA Research Park.
Five finalists will receive a fully funded seat at the SingularityU Denmark bootcamp in Copenhagen, in March 14-18, 2017.
Dates and timeline
Applications open: January 25, 2017
Applications close: February 26, 2017
Notification to finalists: March 1, 2017
Finalist bootcamp in Copenhagen: March 14-18, 2017
Grand finals pitch event & winner announced: March 29, 2017