Singularity University (SingularityU), a US-based benefit corporation whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s greatest challenges, has launched the annual Global Impact Challenge (GIC) for 2017 in southern Africa.
SingularityU has successfully launched GIC’s in many countries around the world. These challenges act as a platform to identify outstanding African entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives, both locally and globally through the use of technology.
The purpose of the Southern Africa GIC is to foster big thinking innovations and start-ups that positively impact the lives of people living in southern Africa, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
This year, for the first time, SingularityU is looking for applicants who have the skills and passion to develop a global scale idea and launch a start-up company that addresses climate change, although it will also accept outstanding applicants who have other areas of expertise or choose to innovate in other field’s links to technology advancements.
Climate change is a broad focus area that includes many areas ripe for innovation. For example, if you’re developing sustainable food sources or alternative energy sources, developing governance models for policy, or focused on issues such as biodiversity or water access, you already fall within the climate change theme and should definitely apply.
SingularityU also welcomes entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, and other experts from all disciplines to apply, and will not require participants to only innovate in the climate change space.
What moonshot innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity, and shelter) using exponential technology?