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Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Solving the world’s toughest problems

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is an online competition that awards cash prizes to early-stage tech entrepreneurs solving the world’s toughest problems. We are passionate about inspiring a generation that wants to use technology for social good.

Meet ZzappMalaria

The Grand Prize winners of the 2021 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge developed an artificial intelligence-based system to plan, execute, and monitor large-scale, cost-effective malaria elimination campaigns.

Social entrepreneurs changing lives and communities

Meet OmniVis

OmniVis is developing handheld devices to rapidly detect for dangerous pathogens, like cholera in water samples.

Meet Jara

The Jara Unit will provide emergency education in disaster-stricken areas through the power of IoT.

Meet Savanna Circuit Tech

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 Grand Prize winner developed a solar chilling in-transit system that helps dairy businesses in Africa cut post-harvest losses.

Meet CareNX

Delivering life-saving fetal health monitoring in remote areas of India through mobile technology.

Meet Oorja

Oorja finances, installs, and operates pay-as-you-go community solar pumps. Farmers access year-round affordable irrigation as a service—known as Oonnati—with no upfront cost.

2020 CSR Impact Report and ESG Hub

Cisco is putting people, technology, and resources to work in service of an inclusive future where technology gives everyone the tools to thrive. Visit our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Hub.