17 January 2020.





cisco global problem solver challenge 2020.

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 our increasingly digital economy.

With the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting more devices and data than ever before, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before.

Our 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.

$350,000 USD in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

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The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 is a worldwide search for early stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment. This competition is open to individuals and teams of students or recent alumni from any college or university.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Human needs.
  • Social.
  • Environmental.
  • Economic impact.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

27 May 2020.

the winners of the challenge will be announced on May 27, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • You can participate as an individual, as part of a team, or as a business entity.
  • Teams may have a maximum of 5 members. Individuals, or at least half of a team’s members,
  • must be currently enrolled as students or have received a degree (undergraduate or graduate) after March 1, 2018.
  • If you are registering as part of a team, your team leader will need to register first and then you can register using your email address.


To prepare your submission you will need to complete an online questionnaire which will cover the following topics:

Defining the problem you are solving Explaining the solution, including:

  • Its benefits and how it uses IoT or digital technologies
  • How it is unique and will be taken to market
  • Risks associated with the solution
  • 90 second pitch video of team member(s) explaining the solution

Additional supporting documentation:

  • Contact information for faculty advisor
  • Proof of eligibility (student or degree status)

Opportunity Cost


  • The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 is offering $350,000 split among 14 prizes
  • . One $100,000 prize, one $75,000 prize, three $25,000 prizes, and five $10,000 prizes.

How to Apply

First Step:  submit your application from here.

  • use this application if you are submitting as an individual or are the first person to register for your team
  • then invite your other team members once you are fully registered.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Asmaa Essam/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt
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