Global Ingenuity Challenge

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

Global Ingenuity Challenge

The Global Ingenuity Challenge challenges teams of undergraduate students to come-up with solutions to real-life issues.

The theme of the 2018 GIC is "Global Issues: Student Responses". In 2015 countries adopted a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. We want students teams to select one of the UN Sustainable Goals and devise a strategy and identify resources to engage a wide cross section of the student body in developing an appropriate response to the goal.

An international judging panel will determine the winning team. Each student on the winning team will win US $500. A grant of US $1,800 in funding will be available to the winning team should they wish to develop their submission into a tangible project (the first prize winning teams in 2017 (Amsterdam and Nottingham) are in the process of developing web apps based on their winning submissions).

Full details of how to participate are available to download at the end of the page.

For queries please contact Bernice Molloy, Student Experience Cluster Manager (

Previous Competitions

Information (with links to the video entries) on the 2015, 2016 and 2017 iterations of the GIC is available below:

GIC 2015: The 2015 Global Ingenuity Challenge focussed on a solution to one of the world’s most pressing problems: how do we move people around in cities? The winning idea was Project Step City, devised by a team of students at the University of New South Wales. The Peoples’ Choice Award (judged by the all the participants in the competition) was awarded to a team from the University of Queensland.

GIC 2016: The 2016 Global Ingenuity Challenge focussed on the challenge of sustainable housing. A team of students from Korea University and the University of Connecticut were jointly awarded the top prize. The team from Korea University addressed the isolation of a single person household in a fast-growing economy while the students from the University of Connecticut approached the problem of urban decay in the United States through the model of microfinancing. The Peers’ Choice Award was another tie between Korea and Lund Universities.

GIC 2017: For the 2017 Global Ingenuity Challenge we asked students to reflect on how they could be a force for change (on campus and beyond) through promoting a culturally inclusive environment and in supporting diversity. The first prize was jointly awarded to teams from the Universities of Amsterdam and Nottingham.  The Peers’ Choice Award was awarded to the University of Nottingham.

Previous winning first prize entries from 2015-17 can be viewed here.

Bernice Molloy
SE Cluster Manager