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.
The need to support entrepreneurship has never been greater, which is why we have increased the total prize pool to $1M USD. The grand prize winner receives $250,000 USD.
Savanna Circuit Tech won the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 Grand Prize of $100,000 USD. Their solar chilling in-transit system helps dairy businesses in Africa cut post-harvest losses.
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.
Delivering life-saving fetal health monitoring in remote areas of India through mobile technology.
INFIUSS is a blood sourcing and delivery platform that connects blood donations to patients.
Respira Labs is developing a device for continuous, at-home monitoring of lung function.
Sensegrass created a smart farming solution that combines IoT sensors and AI software.
Intelligent Hives offers an apiary management system that reduces bee extinction.
Majicom is developing a water kiosk that purifies and dispenses clean, affordable water in a sustainable way.
Neurafarm developed an AI-powered crop protection and management app to increase harvests.
Preemar makes an IoT device, Pro-viden, that reduces aquaculture losses by monitoring water quality data.
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