Can you solve a global problem with technology? This competition is for you

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There is no doubt that technology will only get better as time goes by, and that it can and does play a very important role in solving the world’s problems.

The Singularity University, together with FNB, is trying to encourage that problem-solving by launching a competition for innovative thinkers and technology buffs.

Called the SingularityU South Africa Global Impact Competition (GIC), its main aim is to task entrants with using technology to solve global problems.

The competition focuses on the global grand challenge areas that include learning, energy, environment, food, health, prosperity, security, water, space, disaster resilience and governance.

“RMB’s partnership with the SingularityU South Africa GIC forms part of our ongoing drive to promote innovative thinking and entrepreneurship, two things which have always been major components of our culture,” says RMB chief executive James Formby in a statement.

The winner of the competition will be selected on 6th April, and will then be invited to participate in the Summer 2016 Singularity University Global Solutions Program (GSP) in Silicon Valley in the US.

The university explains that when the winner returns home, they will have the opportunity to develop the project, supported by the SingularityU global alumni network.

But even if you don’t win the grand prize, you shouldn’t be dismayed as places two through five will have access to the First National Bank Business Accelerator programme, which will provide business support and individual guidance for three months.

“Through partnerships, like the one with RMB, we are able to make the GIC in South Africa a reality. By holding a South African GIC we can identify a diverse and talented group of innovators in the country who will attend the 10-week programme at Singularity University where we can provide a broad, cross-disciplinary understanding of disruptive technologies and empower them with the tools, knowledge, skills and mind-set needed to deliver real humanitarian impact at multiple levels,” explained Rob Nail, Singularity University chief executive.

Applications open on 8 February and close on 15 March 2016, and can be submitted through the applications link.


Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.