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Vote Now for the Young Entrepreneurs Competing in Cisco's Global Problem Solver Challenge

Discover how participants are using breakthrough technology to address global issues

SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.


Our third annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from student entrepreneurs around the world. The Challenge is open to students and recent alumni from any college or university.

$300,000 USD in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.


Voting closes 5pm PST on May 17th!

You may vote for as many entries as you like, but you can only vote once per entry. Winners will be announced on May 20, 2019

Ayu Smart stethoscope

Heart diseases have become top causes of death in the world, accounting for 17 million deaths annually(2016). There is a need of cost-effective tool for early and accurate detection of cardiac illnesses. The developed device uses heart sounds for the detection of early-stage heart disease. This makes a stethoscope a cost-effective and simple to use tool where the there is scarcity of doctors.

Illuminum Greenhouses: Smart Greenhouses for Africa-SmartGFA

Use of outdated farming technologies coupled with the frequent attack of pests and diseases while depending only on rain for water for crops greatly affects 93% of farmers in Africa. By providing affordable greenhouses and drip kits equipped with solar-powered sensors that automate irrigation, we are able to protect crops while increasing yield by data analysis through the wireless sensors, enabling the internet of things to penetrate and reach the base of pyramid farmers.

Arone Aerial Logistics

Often, medical supplies in urban centers are unable to reach rural patients in a timely, cost effective way due to poor road infrastructure. During times of emergency this is often fatal. Using a smart aerial logistics technology, Arone provides cheap and reliable delivery of blood and medical supplies, bridging the gap between urban clinics and rural patients in under 15 minutes.


Roughly 1.1 billion people have no access to electricity according to International Energy Agency. About 84% living in rural areas and more than 95% reside in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Despite a number of off-grid connections in East Africa alone over the past six years, rural electrification has been slow due to challenges of remote monitoring. Monicont is bringing the benefits of clean energy to off-grid customers with its PAYG smart metering technology for solar microgrid systems.

The Dunya Project: Dunya Habitats

Access to locally sourced nutrient rich food is a global problem. Climate change and conflict induced displacement paired with a growing population is leading to an untenable disparity in global food equity. The Dunya Project is helping empower change and ensure food equity globally. Our solution is to provide modular hydroponic habitats that are scalable, easy-to-assemble, self-contained, climate-controlled with a connected mode of farming.

Check out the other finalists for the 2019 GPS Challenge to cast your vote.

Tweet me: Don't miss out! Innovative entrepreneurs need your vote in the @CiscoCSR #GlobalProblemSolver Challenge! Check out the new #technology being used to address issues like #climatechange and #publichealth. Voting ends 5pm PST May 17th

KEYWORDS: Cisco Systems Inc., Illuminum Greenhouses, Ayu Smart Stethoscope, Arone Aerial Logistics, Monicont, The Dunya Project, Global Problem Solver Challenge, NASDAQ:CSCO


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