The purpose of the SingularityU Japan Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Japan, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
The challenge we face
Our society is full of great convenience. But, still, we fall short in creating a society that has zero problems. From polluted emissions, homelessness, and popping-up disputes, to late disease detection and acute mental health needs, Japan has many challenges.
Under SONY’s theme “Road to Zero” and Sony’s global environmental plan, we are aiming to create a society that could use exponential technologies such as AI, robotics, biotech, and nanotech to address our biggest problems.
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 candidates 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 only 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?
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.
Dates and timeline
Applications open: November 19, 2016
Applications close: January 31, 2017
Pitch event: February 25, 2017
Winners announced: February 25, 2017