6 February - 26 March 2017

Global Impact Challenge

Leverage exponential technologies to prevent or mitigate the impact and consequences of climate change.

 

Take on the challenge

Global Impact Challenge

The 2017 SingularityU The Netherlands Global Impact Challenge is aiming to find the most innovative Dutch entrepreneurs with moonshot ideas that leverage exponential technology to prevent or mitigate the impact and consequences of climate change.

 

About

Singularity University’s Global Impact Challenges are held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by region and theme. These challenges act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas that could positively impact millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. The winner of each challenge is invited to attend the Global Solutions Program (GSP) free of charge.

 

 

The challenges we face

The world is transforming at an accelerating pace. Technological development has brought tremendous improvements in both health and well-being for billions of people. However, there are still plenty of challenges. Singularity University has identified 12 Global Grand Challenges – worldwide problems that are too big to ignore. Most of these challenges are addressed in our Global Impact Challenge.

 

 

One of our biggest challenges: Climate Change

We invite the brightest minds of the Netherlands to come up with innovative ideas for Climate Change that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. 

 

  • galvanizing theme that touches all of humanity.
  • Critically urgent - in 2016 we broke records and are on a steady increase for both CO2 & methane emissions and global temperature rise.
  • Truly a global challenge with far-reaching and devastating consequences.
  • Ripe for technological innovation with bountiful possibilities for moonshot innovations/startups.

 

We would like you to focus on prevention, mitigation and adaptation of the impact and consequences of Climate Change. A few examples could be: reduction and removal of waste and pollution, combating sea level rise, deforestation or coral bleaching, new sustainable energy ideas, new food or water supplies, etc.

"During my participation in the Global Solutions Program I was greatly inspired by many top entrepreneurs, scientists and my classmates, who all make the world a little bit better in their own way. I learned to think in terms of 'exponential' and 'abundance' from Peter Diamandis, which offers numerous opportunities. Participation has given me a great experience, network and gained me a new way of thinking: something I can recommend everyone!”
Maayke-Aimée Damen - GIC12 winner / Co-founder RMMBR

The prize

The winner will join the Global Solutions Program (GSP), a 9-week educational program held each year from June through August at the Singularity University campus at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.

 

Details

  • The top 15 applicants will be invited to join our GIC day on Saturday 1 April 2017 to interact with the team, do some workshops and learn more about Singularity University and exponential technology.
  • The top three applicants will pitch their project ideas during our final on Tuesday 18 April 2017. Our jury will select one winner.
  • The winner secures a place at the 8-week Global Solutions Program at Singularity University (17 June - 17 August, 2017). The value of the prize is €50,000 and is fully covered by SingularityU The Netherlands.

 

As a winner you will experience the following benefits:

  • Hands-on workshops with leading researchers, business leaders and thinkers.
  • Sessions with international top speakers such as Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil, John Hagel, Daniel Kraft, Paul Saffo and Kevin Kelly.
  • Visit some of the most innovative companies in the world (NASA, Google, Autodesk, Techshop, etc)
  • Be part of an international team of exceptional minds to create new solutions to impact the lives of one billion people

 

This prize is made possible by:

How to apply

You can apply for this challenge by sending in your problem solution with our online application form. The challenge will run from 6 February 2017 – 26 March 2017 (23:00 CET).

 

1. Application Form

Complete 100% of the application form, providing your personal information and your solution.

2. Attachments

Attach your CV/Resume in English and add a 2-3 minute video URL with a personal intro and pitch.

3. Presentation

When ranked amongst the Top 3 entries, you will be asked to present to our judges during our final

Timeline & important dates

6 February 2017
Applications open
26 March 2017
Applications deadline
1 April 2017
GIC day
3 April 2017
Announcement top 3
18 April 2017
Announcement winner

Criteria

Your solution should be focused on the prevention or mitigation of the impact and consequences of climate change and must leverage exponential technologies as a primary method of solving this challenge. A few examples could be: reduction and removal of waste and pollution, combating sea level rise, deforestation or coral bleaching, new sustainable energy ideas, new food or water supplies, etc.

 

Entry Criteria

  • Any resident of the Netherlands with the Dutch nationality
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Able to participate in both the GIC day (1 April 2017) and the final (18 April 2017)
  • Able to participate in the entire GSP17 program (17 June - 17 August, 2017)

 

Assessment Criteria

  • Degree of solution's relevance to the theme of the competition
  • Potential to impact millions of people in 5 - 10 years.
  • Feasibility, Viability and Coherence of implementing the idea
  • The solution must leverage exponential technologies
  • Applicant must have an excellent academic track record and performance
  • Applicant must have an entrepreneurial track record (additional functions during study, achievements, internships or start-up / company experience)

Global Impact Challenge

Leverage exponential technologies to prevent or mitigate the impact and consequences of climate change.

"Singularity University's GSP is a time to try, to follow your passion and embark on a lifelong journey of innovating for impact and sharing that with others. Winning the GIC allowed me to expand my mind and resulted in me thinking in ways that I didn't even phantom to exist before!”
Danny Wagemans - GIC16 winner

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

For more information or questions please contact us: gic@singularityunl.org