Google’s charitable wing is giving Canadians the chance to vote for the best homegrown technology for solving problems around the world. It’s called the Impact Challenge, and it’s an innovation contest with a total purse of $5 million. The field has been narrowed to 10 finalists. As you’ll see in the list below, participants have come up with some exceptional ideas, which is appropriate given that the challenge is sponsored by one of the most innovative companies of the planet. The grand prize winner will be awarded a $750,000 grant.
Some of the most impactful innovation competitions are those that seek to address social issues. The European Commission has launched this year’s European Social Innovation Competition. The goal of the challenge is for Europeans to come up with novel approaches to technologies, digital inclusion, connectivity, and skills development.
What organizers are calling the “epic trilogy” continues. CatHacks, a hackathon put on by the University of Kentucky, was the first national college hackathon held in the state back in 2015. This year UK will host the event for the third time. It will take place April 15-16 in Lexington. New and experienced hackers from all over the country will travel to the Bluegrass State to have some fun and participate in this innovation competition. Why CatHacks? It’s a nod to Scratch, the university’s Wildcat mascot.
The UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge is an innovation competition that encourages communities to find creative solutions to issues facing their region or the world. Organized by Forbes Funds, it launched last year with a contest focused on helping victims of human trafficking, the visually impaired, and other vulnerable populations. Continue reading UpPrize Social Innovation Competition Announces 10 Finalists
First held at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008, the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival produces amazing innovations every year. This time around, the innovation contest is a health innovation challenge. RIT President Bill Destler has challenged students to develop a lifestyle app, physical device, or really anything that improves health in some way. Continue reading RIT Hackathon-like Challenges Students to Envision Health Innovation
The best reason for a company to develop or sponsor a contest platform is that it will result in new products or services that will benefit others. That’s the driver behind most challenges. However, there are other benefits of innovation competitions. Continue reading Why Contest Management Software Can Give your Brand a Boost
The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa with a population of approximately 27 million. Rich in natural resources, those reserves have historically been the backbone of the Ghana’s economy. However, there is an economic plan in place known as Ghana Vision 2020. It lays out steps for Ghana to be the first African country to become a developed country between 2020 and 2029 and a newly industrialized nation between 2030 and 2039. Continue reading Ghana’s Jubilee Competition Platform Gets Underway