Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dell Social Innovation Challenge 2013 -- Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems

For those who don't know the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, it identifies  promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most pressing problems with transformative ideas. 

The challenge was launched in 2007 by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 Dell became the title sponsor, lending its name and resources. Dell announced a $5 million gift to expand our efforts worldwide at the close of the 2011 challenge to engage more than 60,000 students a year.

Anyone can join our growing online social innovation community and support students on their projects. Only currently enrolled university and college students can create project entries and compete in our annual grand prize competition.
The Dell Social Innovation Challenge annual competition is open to any university student in the world–-it doesn’t matter what school you attend or what you’re studying.  And you don’t need a venture plan to enter.  Everything from early-stage ideas to mature projects that are up and running can compete to win. 
Finalists will be flown to Austin, Texas to pitch live to a panel of judges for cash awards.  The criteria for selecting the winners are 
Clarity of the innovation
Demonstration of high probability of success
Potential impact from winning the competition.
The dates are
  • May 11 – 16, 2013: Finalist Week in Austin, Texas
    May 13, 2013: Finalist Pitches in Austin, Texas
    May 14, 2013: Verb Awards in Austin, Texas

You can RSVP here to see the awards.

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