Global Ingenuity Challenge

An online competition for interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students to find solutions to real-life problems.

Global Ingenuity Challenge 2017


The innovative U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge (GIC) was launched in February 2015. This on-line competition challenges teams of undergraduate students to come-up with solutions to real-life issues. A broad theme is selected every year that allows for an interdisciplinary approach to solutions and analysis, so that it appeals to a wide range of students and disciplines across the network.

‘Ingenuity’ is a tried and tested process for creative problem solving and radical (as opposed to incremental) innovation developed at Nottingham University’s Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As an approach to invention and solution generation, it has been used very effectively by several thousand students, hundreds of SMEs, and large organisations such as universities, the UK’s National Health Service, Alliance Boots and many others. The process has a three-fold structure: defining the problem to be solved, identifying a wide range of possibilities, before finally determining the most appropriate solution. Students and facilitators are supported by an interactive web-based platform: Ingenuity OnLine (IOL). 



The theme for the 2017 GIC is ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’. Through this theme, we ask students to reflect on how they can be a force for change (on campus and beyond) through promoting a culturally inclusive environment and in supporting diversity. More specific criteria on the theme will be provided to participants at the commencement of the challenge in March 2017.


2017 Winners

For a full report on the winning submissions for 2017, please follow the link below:

U21 GIC 2017 - Winners Report





Bernice Molloy
SE Cluster Manager