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CISO Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020


The fourth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world. The Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university.

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of their work, they seek to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in the increasingly digital economy. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting more devices and data than ever before, good ideas now can make a difference more quickly than ever before – and Cisco’s global challenge is here to help.

Location: Online


The winners will receive the following prizes.

  • Grand Prize of $100,000 USD
  • Second Place Prize of $75,000 USD
  • Third Place Prizes of $25,000 USD
  • Fourth Place Prizes of $10,000 USD
  • People’s Choice Award of $10,000 USD
  • India Impact Grant Prize of $25,000 USD
  • India Impact Runners Up of $10,000 USD
  • India Impact People’s Choice Award of $5,000 USD


  • Aged 18 or older
  • At least half of the team’s members must be students currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have received a degree after March 1, 2018.
  • If entering as a business entity, at least 25% of the business must be owned by individuals that meet the above qualifications. Individual students and recent grads may also apply.
  • For the India Impact Grand Prize, India Impact Runners Up prizes and India Impact People’s Choice award the individual/ a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the individual members comprising a team must be a current student at any Indian post-secondary institution or recent graduates who completed a post-secondary degree at an Indian post-secondary institution after March 1, 2018.
  • Eligible solutions (technologies, products or services) must:
    Incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) or digital technologies as part of the solution
    Have a positive social, environmental, or economic impact (e.g. health, education, accessibility, critical human needs (food, water, disaster response/recovery, safety, etc.)

Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

Official Link: https://cisco.innovationchallenge.com/?fbclid=IwAR3XxaPnYEBhZKrmN-_3HELPmzApAha6NO4t35OSRyifeBToP1MARU9EWnY