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Corporate Social Responsibility

– October 9, 2017 – 1 Comment

Innovative ideas and technologies drive Cisco’s goal to positively impact one billion people by 2025. With digitization and the surge of connected devices, good ideas can make a difference more quickly–and in more places–than ever before.

But without people, such innovations wouldn’t exist.

In schools, dorm rooms, and home garages around the world, students and young entrepreneurs are cooking up the “next big thing” in technology solutions — some of which can help address the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. We know this because we met hundreds last year as part of the first-ever Cisco Global Problem Solver (GPS) Challenge.

From our grand prize winner, Project Vive, to People’s Choice selection ODA Systems, our prize funding is helping turn breakthrough technologies, products, and services into real-world solutions. It’s a unique opportunity, one that offers students a chance at global recognition for their drive to do more good.

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for the second-annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. Individuals and teams of five can submit applications until December 1, 2017 at 5 pm PST. In order to register, individuals or at least half a team’s members must be currently enrolled as students or be recent graduates*.

Submissions for the second annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge will be accepted between October 9 and December 1, 2017

For more details on the Challenge, how to apply, and a timeline of events, please visit the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018 site. Applications close December 1 at 5 pm PST!

* Recent graduates are anyone who received an undergraduate or graduate degree after March 1, 2016.


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  1. Eric Schmidt

    October 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

    These are really wonderful initiatives Cisco is moving forward on – combining technology and critical needs for people around the world. In some areas though, people need the basics before they can even get to a point where technology can assist. We need to feed and educate children in impoverished areas like Zambia first. When we do that then technology can be brought in at the next level to really help these children.