What is your moonshot innovation to a global grand challenge that leverages exponential technology and has a potential to impact a billion people in 10 years?
Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur, Energy, Nanotechnology
Winning idea: Green Steps Energy “Bezeo”
Green Steps Energy is an energy generating carpet that generates “green” electricity by stepping, walking, or even jumping on it. Energy is harvested and used to power various equipment and devices, such as electrical doors and lights.
The purpose of the SingularityU MENA Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the MENA region, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
This year, we are ideally looking for applicants who have the skills and passion to develop and launch a startup company around a moonshot idea that addresses climate change, although we will also accept outstanding applicants who have other areas of expertise or choose to innovate in other fields.
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.
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 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 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.
Applications open: March 22, 2017
Applications close: April 24, 2017
Finalists announced: April 30, 2017
Winners announced: May 4, 2017
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
We look for people from all professional backgrounds, but will be really thrilled to find you if:
We will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:
SingularityU Dubai Chapter Leader
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. Your idea can range from a concept with immense potential, to an invention you have patented or a startup that you have founded.
Intellectual property resulting from a GIC belongs to the applicant(s).
The selection process is two to three phases depending on the competition. 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.
The winner and finalists are responsible for their own travel expenses.
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.
Get in touch with us by emailing the Global Impact Challenges team at SU at [email protected]