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Singularity University launches Global Impact Competition 2014

NASA founded Singularity University launches its Global Impact Competition 2014 in Central and Eastern Europe. Applicants are invited to submit their projects aiming to improve the lives of at least a million people, leveraging the power of new technologies.

Singularity University (SU), is an organisation based at the NASA Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. The University is a central destination for scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, executives and government officials. Singularity University’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower bright minds to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.

The Global Impact Competitions (GIC) aims to find projects that can positively impact the lives of people living in the specific regions where they are run. After the success of the first two GIC competitions in the CEE region, applications are now open for GIC 2014.

Applicants are invited from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Applicants should submit their projects aiming to improve the lives of at least one million people in Central Eastern Europe leveraging the power of accelerating technologies.

Those who meet the tough entrance requirements will take part in an extremely intensive training, which includes demanding courses, trips to the biggest enterprises in Silicon Valley – e.g. Facebook, NASA, Google, Cisco – and visits to the most exciting start-ups in the area. During the course, students work side-by-side with the biggest names of the Valley. By the end of the 10-week program projects developed during the course frequently become real businesses, and enter SU Labs, the University’s own business incubator.

The winner will receive a scholarship worth USD 30.000 to participate in the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) in summer 2014. The scholarship covers all tuition and lodging costs (travel is not included).

Applications are welcome on the competition’s website, from the 1st of December 2013 until the 31st of January 2014. The finalists will present their projects, at the Global Impact CEE finals, in front of a selected jury drawn from SU Faculty and regional executives of major corporations. The finals will take place in Budapest, Hungary in mid-March 2014.