Submit an idea that will positively impact the lives of the people of Japan and beyond
What moonshot idea would you develop that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years by applying exponential technology to address a global grand challenge?
Submit your idea by January 31, 2017
Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur, Digital Biology, Medicine, Nanotechnology
Winning idea: Shojinmeat Project
The Shojinmeat Project is an open-source cultured meat cellular agriculture initiative.
Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur, Robotics, Networks & Computing Systems
Winning idea: GITAI
GITAI is a humanoid telepresence robot that uses virtual reality, robotics, and communication technologies to realize teleportation to increase the spans of the human body.
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.
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.
Applications open: November 19, 2016
Applications close: January 31, 2017
Pitch event: February 25, 2017
Winners announced: February 25, 2017
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
You’re an ideal candidate if you:
We will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:
Researcher, Entrepreneur, Visionary
GSP09 and GIC Organizer
Entrepreneur and Consultant
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 our transformational Global Solutions Program.
No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted.
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.
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.
GIC winners are responsible for their own travel expenses to/from SU.
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.