Call for Innovation

Global Impact Competition

ImpacTec is a social innovation competition that seeks entrepreneurs with disruptive technology ideas to solve the problems of people in situations of social vulnerability. The ideas presented in the contest must leverage technology as a means to solve the identified problem and have the potential to impact a million people in the population base of the social pyramid!

Competition Rules

Criteria for selection ideas/projects :

  • Social innovation: the idea/project proposes a new solution to an existing social problems associated with poverty and social inequality.
  • Use of technology : the idea/project uses technology as a tool to solve the problem.
  • Feasibility : the idea/project demonstrates technical feasibility and development .
  • Massively scalable impact: the idea/project has the potential to impact a million people and replicate and scale business models that will increase their social impact.

Requirements to apply for the contest: 

  • The applicant must be 21 years or older on the first day of the GSP .
  • The applicant must meet all requirements of the application of GSP including fluency in written and spoken English .
  • The applicant must have a valid passport and be able to secure a visa that allows time travel to and from the United States (“U.S.” ) to assist the GSP .
  • The applicant must provide their own health insurance while residing in the U.S. to attend the GSP .
  • The applicant must meet the criteria to be in place on the campus of NASA which makes the GPS and meet all NASA policies , standards and procedures
  • Applicants must sign (if applicable ) and comply with all agreements, terms and conditions, or policies applicable to all participants in the GSP (except for payment of the program fee ).

Application Criteria

Application Requirements: 

CV/Resume
Abstract of project/idea
A video URL of the project idea

STAGES:

Ideation: application of ideas/projects on the platform.
1st evaluation: selection of the best 30 ideas/projects for the 1st pitch.
Co-creation: testing the 15 ideas/projects selected in the 1st pitch with potential users and experts in addition to preparation of deliverables for the 2nd assessment.
The 2nd evaluation: selection of the 6 finalists.
Demoday: introducing the finalists and the winner’s choice.

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ImpacTec is the second competition hosted in Argentina, with the support of Singularity University, the City Government and Socialab.

After a selection process of 4 months, the competition winner will receive the prize of attending GSP2014 for free at Singularity University. Socialab will accompany the development of the competition and work with the winner during different stages of the competition.

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SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY

Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. SU provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people.

Since being founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil in 2008, SU has empowered individuals from more than 85 countries to apply exponentially growing technologies—artificial intelligence & robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology & digital fabrication, networks & computing systems and medicine & neuroscience—to address humanity’s grand challenges: education, energy, environment, food, health, poverty, security, space and water.

For more information, please visit singularityu.org or read the FAQs.

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/lKOGumpeHxM

GLOBAL IMPACT COMPETITIONS

Singularity University’s Global Impact Competitions are held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by region and theme. These competitions act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. The winner of each competition is invited to attend the Graduate Studies Program free of charge.

For more information, please visit gic.singularityu.org or read the FAQs.

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/Hb9O5qmu19c

GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM

Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program (GSP) is a 10-week educational program held each year from June through August at our campus at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. The GSP accepts 80 participants with multidisciplinary backgrounds who apply through direct admission or win Global Impact Competitions.

Participants are exposed to an intensive, interactive, multicultural experience combining curriculum on exponential technologies with peer-to-peer teaching and learning opportunities in addition to hands-on workshops and site visits. The GSP creates an unparalleled opportunity for participants to collaborate in small teams to design innovative technology solutions that will improve the lives of 1 billion people worldwide over the next decade.

For more information, please visit singularityu.org/gsp or read the FAQs.

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/YpEvq6qE31w