Help change the world!

Participate in the Global Impact Competition for Sweden

The challenges we face

The world is transforming at an accelerating pace. Technological development has brought tremendous improvements in both health and wealth to billions of people around the world.  But it has also meant an increased pressure on the very systems that support life on this planet, and an exposure to technology enabled risks such as weapons of mass destruction, environmental degradation, pandemics, runaway nanotech and possibly even badly programmed superintelligence.

Research from the Stockholm Resilience Centre shows that a “Great Acceleration” (click to read more) of technological, social and economic progress since the 1950’s coincides with a similar rapid growth in factors indicating environmental degradation. They also list Nine planetary boundaries which if exceeded expose mankind to large scale risks.

For this competition, we take the starting point in the recent report published by the Global Challenges Foundation and the Future of Humanity Institute: Twelve Risks that Threaten Human Civilization (downloadable report).  These are the greatest challenges that mankind has to address.

And to build on last years’ successful innovation competition regaring Urban resilience, we note the observation that a majority of the worlds’ population is now living in cities and that this share is expected to grow rapidly going forward. Therefore we welcome ideas which incorporate an urban resilience aspect, urban resilience being defined as the “capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy, and security”.

So what can I do about it?

Our mission at Singularity University is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. We believe that by leveraging accelerating technologies, motivated individuals have the capacity to create greater good for greater numbers of people than ever before in history, and truly influence global social and environmental issues.

If anything, this is proven by the fact that we are seeing an increasing number of young companies with only a few score employees reaching valuations of billions of USD in the span of just a few years. If they can do it – so can you!

Do you have a great idea which has a potential to impact global existential risks and billions of people, and do you have the skills and drive to make it happen? Then we want to help you make it happen! We believe that the best and fastest way to make it happen is to hook you and your idea up to the Singularity University network, and send you to Singularity University this summer.

What can I win?

The top twenty applicants will be invited to a one-day training and networking event at Epicenter on exponential technologies based on the Singularity University curriculum. (on 24 April)

The top five applicants will pitch their project ideas to a jury consisting of representatives of the different partners and sponsors on that same day, and

The winner secures a place at the 10-week Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University in the summer of 2015. The places normally cost $35,000. But most importantly, the winner gets the tools, knowledge and contacts to make their vision become reality.

Competition flow

Submit your CV and project idea >>>HERE<<< or by using the button in the right hand column.

The final deadline for submissions is Sunday 12 April, 2015. 

Five finalists will be invited to present their projects in front of a jury composed by representatives of the competition partners. The final event will take place 24 April 2015 at Epicenter Stockholm.

Besides the five finalists, another 15 particularly promising candidates will be invited to a one day training and networking event on the day of the final event at Epicenter Stockholm, hosted by Singularity University.

Competition criteria

– You must be over 21 years of age and fully proficient in English

– You must be able to partake in the entire 10-week GSP course (13 June – 23 August 2015) at Singularity University in Mountain View, California.

Competition Rules


  • Must be of Swedish or Norwegian nationality, or be able to prove strong ties to Sweden/Norway (permanent resident, family, etc.)
  • Applicant must be age 21 or older on the first day of the GSP.
  • Applicant must meet all GSP application requirements, including fluency in written and spoken English.


Application Criteria

The competition is open to anyone with a background in any academic field, or with proven entrepreneurial experience, demonstrated global leadership, and a passion about solving the greatest challenges facing humanity. The best, most innovative ideas are judged by an expert jury. 


Summary of accomplishments
An abstract of the project idea
A video URL of the project idea


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.

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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.

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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.

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Content partners

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Network partners

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For info, please contact the project organisers

Hannes Sjöblad – [email protected]

Virpal Singh – [email protected]