Global Ingenuity Challenge

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

Global Ingenuity Challenge


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 the University of Nottingham'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, and then determining the most appropriate solution. Students and facilitators are supported by an interactive web-based platform: Ingenuity OnLine (IOL). 

2018 Competition

Details of the 2018 Global Ingenuity Challenge will be published online in October 2017.

Previous winners

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, Australia.

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 theme for the 2017 Global ingenuity Challenge was ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’. 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. Teams from the Universities of Nottingham (YOCO) and Amsterdam (UNIFY) were awarded joint first prize, University College Dublin (Roots before Branches) second prize, and the University of Birmingham (Community Connect) third prize. YOCO was also awarded the Peers' Choice Award.

Bernice Molloy
SE Cluster Manager