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?
Applications closed on January 20, 2017
Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship
Winning idea: Dipvix
Jenniffer has developed a device that detects high risk Human Papillomavirus types in a dipstick format before the development of cancer symptoms.
Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, Digital Biology, Medicine
Winning idea: Engineered Biotics
Jorge utilizes genome engineering and synthetic biology to prevent and fight gastrointestinal diseases in children caused by pathogenic bacteria.
The purpose of the SingularityU Peru Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Peru with an ability to scale and impact a billion people in 10 years worldwide.
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 confirmed spot to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017, on the SU campus at NASA Research Park.
The cost for the challenge winner’s participation in the GSP Program will be covered by CIENCIACTIVA (The National Fund for Scientific Development, Technology, and Innovation of the Government of Peru).
Applications open: December 2, 2016
Applications close: January 20, 2017
Pitch event: March 1, 2017
Winners announced: March 1, 2017
You’re an ideal candidate if you:
The recipient of the winning prize will pledge to “pay it forward” by completing four (4) compulsory activities:
Note: There’s no need to create a video with high-end production value; a simple webcam video is acceptable. Please post your video on YouTube, Vimeo, or another video-sharing website where we can view it easily.
Organizer, SingularityU GIC Peru
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.