We all care about certain issues. What are yours? Poverty, inequality, climate change? When we combine tech know-how, ingenuity, and social consciousness, we can help people thrive, build new commerce, and become guardians of our planet. We believe that each and every one of us has the power to make a positive difference to the well-being of our society.
Here at Cisco, we embrace innovation, which is why we are launching the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge (GPSC) on 1 March 2017. There has never been a better time to team up with other NetAcad students to come up with the next big thing. The deadline to submit your ideas is 6 October 2017.
For this challenge we invite you to embrace your tech smarts, spirit of risk taking, and collaborate with other students to come up with some fantastic technology solutions to solve real-world problems in our region. We can’t wait to see what exciting new ideas you dream up!
The deadline is 6 October, 2017.
All competition participants must be a current Cisco Networking Academy student and a resident of the Asia Pacific and Japan region.
Form a team of 2 to 4 NetAcad students and start collaborating on a great idea! All teams are responsible for organizing their members and managing activities.
All team members must have completed the Introduction to the Internet of Everything course. The course is self-study online, only 20-hours and can be completed in your own time prior to submitting your entry. Entries will not be accepted from students/teams that have not completed the Introduction to IoT course.
All teams must submit a two page concept note which is included on the application form. Within each concept note applicants will identify a social, economic or environmental problem and the proposed IoT technology-based solution. Please refer to the application form to see the information required for all entries.
We want to hear you talk about your concept, each application must submit a maximum three minute YouTube video to pitch their IoT technology-based innovative concept solution to the identified problem. This is in addition to the concept note mentioned above. Here are some video examples to help you in your elevator pitch.
Concept notes and videos must be submitted in English.
Your innovative idea must be an original, entries of existing ideas will be disqualified. If you’re not sure if your idea exists, Google it.
All team members must be 18 years or older.
1 March 2017APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge Launch
1 March – 6 October, 2017Complete introduction to the Internet of Things course.Submit your concept note and video pitch.
24 October 2017Finalists Announced
8 November 2017Let the judging begin! APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Final Round
February / April 2018Grand champion study trip to Cisco Innovation Center
Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to alleviate some of the world’s most significant problems. By 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the internet, creating 1.5 million jobs in IoT.
Duration: 20 hours
You want to enter the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge but you can’t seem to come up with a problem to solve?
There’s never been a better time to save a species.
“795 million people in the world go hungry every day and 2 billion people a day lack the nutrients to live a healthy life”.
“The global economy is at risk. Unemployment, rising inequality, and low productivity remain some of our pressing global issues”.
“The Earth’s average land temperature has warmed nearly 1°C in the past 50 years as a result of human activity, global greenhouse gas emissions have grown by nearly 80% since 1970, and atmospheric concentrations of the major greenhouse gases are at their highest level in 800,000 years”.
By addressing environmental issues such as: Scaling clean energy, land use, water use and access sustainable ocean management
The number of people on the planet is set to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 with 2 billion aged over 60.
You may find the exact problem you want to solve listed above. Next step? Take the Introduction to IoT course and submit you proposed IoT technology solutions .
Don’t wait. Get started now. The final day to submit is 31 May 2017.
There’s never been a better time to take on the world’s biggest challenges. Because there’s never been a better time for a good idea.
You don’t need to be an expert to take part in the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge. Just an open mind and a big dose of enthusiasm. Challenge yourself now and submit your entry.
Tune into our free live TV broadcasts to learn all you need to know to about the APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge. Get the motivation you need by joining our lineup of speakers as they share the technology solutions addressing important issues of today.
Event start Times: UTC stands for Coordinated Universal Times
7 June 2017
|12 – 1pm (UTC +8)||The Top 10 Technology Predictions of the Future & Virtual Career Fair||
Chief Technology Officer
|8 November 2017||12 – 1:30 pm (UTC +8)||APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge Final Round||Judging Panel & APJ NetAcad Global Problem Solver Challenge Finalists
Monday, 28 May 2017
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The top team will win a fantastic study trip to a Cisco Asia Pacific Innovation Centre as well as great prizes.
The Cisco IoT Innovation Centre’s showcase what is possible with the new internet of things and also serve to foster innovation and collaboration with universities, government, start-ups and industry to prototype and develop new products and services.
The Cisco IoT Innovation Centre study trip will consist of tours, industry partner visits and be hosted by experts in Information Technology.
Overall winners and finalist will receive awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and we will also be awarding special mentions.
Chief Technology Officer,
Cisco Australia and New Zealand
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Strategy & Global Problem
Solving Initiative at Cisco
and Business Development at Cisco
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