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.
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.
- A 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.
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.
- The top 15 applicants will be invited to join our GIC day on Saturday 25 March 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 – 5 March 2017 (23:00 CET).
1. Application Form
Complete 100% of the application form, providing your personal information and your solution.
Attach your CV/Resume in English and add a 2-3 minute video URL with a personal intro and pitch.
When ranked amongst the Top 3 entries, you will be asked to present to our judges during our final
Timeline & important dates
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.
- 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 (25 March 2017) and the final (18 April 2017)
- Able to participate in the entire GSP17 program (17 June - 17 August, 2017)
- 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)
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply to a GIC
Singularity University seeks accomplished innovators with ideas that will positively impact millions of people. Applicants should be fluent in English and have proven entrepreneurial experience, demonstrated global leadership and committed humanitarian passion.
Do ideas have to be at a certain stage to be submitted?No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted. Judging criteria is based on the grandness of the idea (does it solve a problem with huge potential positive impact on millions of people) with the feasibility of being implemented (does it leverage exponential technology).
Who is the owner of the intellectual property resulting from a GIC?Intellectual property resulting from a GIC competition belongs to the applicant(s).
What is the GIC review process?The selection process consists of three phases. The first phase involves a review of all applications to determine 15 participants to join our GIC day. In the second phase entries are reviewed to select the 3 finalists, and the third phase involves final judging to select the winner — this is usually done during a physical jury round.
Is there an obligation for GIC winners to work on their winning project during the GSP?No, there’s no such obligation from either SU or the GIC Partner. The GIC winner can elect to recruit fellow GSP classmates to work on their winning project or create an entirely new project during the summer.
Who pays for the travel expenses for the winner to come to SU?SingularityU The Netherlands will cover all travel expenses, including plane tickets.
What happens if a GIC winner cannot attend GSP for any reason?
In all cases where a winner cannot attend GSP, the winner forfeits their GSP seat to the GIC first runner-up and would have to then re-apply for admission in a future year.
How can I help promote the GIC?
We would love it if you would help promote the GIC further to everyone interested in the Netherlands. You can share this factsheet, containing all information about GIC 2017, or refer them to our website.
Are you looking for partners?
We're always open to discuss potential partnerships. Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org