The Global Grand Challenge Awards

 

Showcasing the world’s most promising social impact tech companies.

At Singularity University, we believe that leveraging the convergence of exponential technologies will advance us along the path to solving our Global Grand Challenges (GGCs), and will shift humanity from an era of scarcity to one of abundance.

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That's why, as part of Singularity University Global Summit, we're teaming up with some of the world's most influential organizations - as well as companies that are actively investing in a brighter future - to evaluate the potential human and economic impacts of GGC Award applicants, and to offer connections, opportunities, resources, and recognition to their projects.

If you and your team are using exponential technologies to positively impact humanity on a global scale, we encourage you to apply for the Global Grand Challenge Awards.

You will be redirected to create an account and apply on SlideRoom. Please apply as the organization you represent.

About the Awards

A maximum of three participating organizations will be selected for each of our 12 tracks. Those chosen will be invited to attend Singularity University Global Summit in San Francisco, August 13-15, 2017. As a GGC Award participant, your organization will receive dedicated exhibition space in the SU Global Summit EXPO, where you'll have the opportunity to present your work to 2,000 public and private sector leaders from numerous industries and dozens of countries.

One participating organization from each track - the one found to have the most potential to positively impact one billion people through exponential technology - will be selected as the track winner, and will earn recognition and exposure to some of the world’s most influential companies and development organizations.

"These awards seamlessly weave disruptive innovation, exponential technology, futuristic thinking and strategic implementation to discuss the world's most urgent concerns."

-Radia Funna, Head of Innovation, United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology

"I was very impressed with the innovation, ideas and technologies showcased at the Global Grand Challenge Awards."

-Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Technology & Human Rights, Amnesty International

"I would recommend every startup that is working on solving problems using exponential technologies to apply for the challenge. Awesome experience!"

-Ruchit G. Garg, Founder & CEO, Harvesting Inc.

"In four days, my entire worldview of what's happening in technology, design, non-profits, and culture was given a much needed update. I made dozens of great contacts with people all over the planet and united in their commitment to a better world."

-Joseph Chinnock, Director, BeeTech

Tracks

The organizations accepted to participate in the Global Grand Challenge Awards will be capable of positively impacting a billion lives through the use of exponential technology in one of these 12 areas:

Disaster Resilience

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This track award recipient will help create effective and efficient disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and rehabilitation that saves lives and livelihoods, minimizes economic loss, and builds resilience.

2016 Finalists

Field Ready | Citizen Power Brigade | RFRC | MedAssist.Online | GeoCosmo

2016 Judges

  • Nick Haan, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Stephen Cornish, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders Canada

2016 Winner: GeoCosmo

Energy

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This track award recipient will help create ample, accessible and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.

2016 Finalists

Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALT) | Keppe Motor | HST Solar | Semtive

2016 Judges

  • Darlene Damm, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Radia Funna, Head of Innovation, United Nations’ Office of Information and Communications Technology

2016 Recipient: HST Solar

Environment

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This track award recipient will help establish sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth's ecosystems for optimal functioning, both globally and locally.

2016 Finalists

BioCarbon Engineering | BeeTech | Catalyst Agri-Innovations Solutions | Transpower

2016 Judges

  • Nick Haan, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Marcela Navarro, Co-Founder, WWF-X

2016 Recipient: BioCarbon Engineering

Food

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This track award recipient will help further the consumption of sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.

2016 Finalists

Impactvision | Zenvus | Worms Inc. | Harvesting | Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse

2016 Judges

  • Nick Haan, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Robert Opp, Director of Innovation and Change Management, World Food Programme
  • Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of the Innovation Accelerator, World Food Programme

2016 Recipient: Harvesting

Governance

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This track award recipient will help create equitable participation of all people in formal and societal governance in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights; free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices; and able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.

2016 Finalists

MiVote | Propulsar | Democracy Earth | Remesh | Geeks Without Frontiers

2016 Judges

  • Nathaniel Calhoun, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Natasha Kapil, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank Group
  • Fran Greaney, Lead Client Service Partner for The World Bank Group, Deloitte

2016 Winner: Democracy Earth

Health

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This track award recipient will help people gain optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy. 

2016 Finalists

3D4MD Corporation | CaptureProof | X2AI | Beyond Verbal | Metamason

2016 Judges

  • Eric Rasmussen, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Trevor Riggen, VP Disaster Operations, Red Cross
  • Kevin Noble, Senior Director of Commercial Strategy, Genentech

2016 Recipient: CaptureProof

Learning

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This track award recipient will help create access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people, at all stages of their lives.

2016 Finalists

Smartstones | Kepler | Iris AI | Mentive | Focus at Will Labs, Inc.

2016 Judges

  • Nathaniel Calhoun, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Ann Rosenberg, Head of Global SAP University Alliances & SAP Next-Gen Labs, SAP
  • Bernd Welz, EVP and Global Head of Scale, Enablement & Transformation, SAP SE
  • Michael Zakaras, Strategy and Partnerships Director, Ashoka United States

2016 Recipient: Smartstones

Prosperity

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This track award recipient will help create freedom from poverty and equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfillment.

2016 Finalists

Aipoly | Vendedy | nFrnds | Interweave Solutions

2016 Judges

  • Darlene Damm, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Rogerio Oliveira, Co-Founder & GM, Yunus Social Business Brazil
  • Amir Banifatemi, Prize Lead of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, XPRIZE

2016 Recipient: Aipoly

Security

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This track award recipient will help ensure the safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including virtually; and protection of physical, financial and digital systems.

2016 Finalists

Exportunity | NextGen | CATsys

2016 Judges

  • Darlene Damm, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Deputy Director of Global Issues, Amnesty International
  • Anand Birje, SVP Corporate Development & Strategy for Infrastructure & Digital Services, HCL

Shelter

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This track award recipient will help create secure, safe and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation and industry for all people at all times.

2016 Finalists

NextGenUrban | ReGen Villages | billionBricks

2016 Judges

  • Darlene Damm, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Trevor Riggen, VP Disaster Operations, Red Cross

2016 Winner: ReGen Villages

Space

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This track award recipient will establish safe and equitable use, and stewardship of, space resources and technologies for the benefit of humanity and our future as a multi-planetary species.

2016 Finalists

Hypercubes | Fiat Physica | Made in Space | Mars City Design

2016 Judges

  • Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Kyle Nel, Founder & Executive Director, Lowe's Innovation Labs
  • Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Earth Observation Applications Engineer, European Space Agency

2016 Recipient: Made in Space

Water

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This track award recipient will help provide ample safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.

2016 Finalists

FREDsense | WaterQuest | WatershipBlue

2016 Judges

  • Nathaniel Calhoun, Faculty, Singularity University
  • Christoph Gorder, Chief Global Water Officer, charity:water
  • Leslie Paulson, GM Industry Solutions & Components Division, Caterpillar

2016 Recipient: FREDsense

EXPO

The EXPO is where SU Global Summit's estimated 2,000 event attendees will learn about and interact with the technology and leaders who are actively shaping our world. The EXPO area will feature 36 Global Grand Challenge Award participant organizations, ongoing programming from the SU Lounge stage, and partner exhibits including virtual reality, robotics, smart sensors, and other interactive exponential technologies.

Application

Is your organization pushing the boundaries of what's possible? Are you determined to make a global impact? Are you focused on creating and using exponential technologies to solve humanity’s greatest challenges? If so, fill out this form to apply for the 2017 Global Grand Challenge Awards. Both for-profit and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

You will be redirected to create an account and apply on SlideRoom. Please apply as the organization you represent.

Thanks to our 2016 Impact Partners:

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Thanks to Our 2016 Program Partners

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