Global Ingenuity Challenge

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

How does it work?

The GIC is an online challenge, run on the interactive web-based system ingenuityonline. It is sponsored by U21 and facilitated by the developers, The Haydn Green Institute for Enterprise and Innovation, based at the University of Nottingham UK. Each year the competition has a new theme, chosen to address real-world challenges. Where teams come up with a high-quality, implementable concept, then there is also a chance for them to realise their ideas on their home campus.

GIC 2018

The theme for the GIC 2018 was Global Issues: Student Responses. Student were tasked with coming up with a solution to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Joint winners

  • Clean Water from the Sun – Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Team 4) [1],
  • KarmaPickUp – University of Amsterdam (Team 8)

Each team member received a $500 prize in recognition of their excellent work.




    The GIC is open to teams of 3-5 undergraduate students at a U21 member institution. If you are interested in participating in the next round, please contact your university’s international office. There may be an internal selection process. Each team that is registered for the GIC will be assigned an Ingenuity Facilitator who will be a member of staff at your university and will support you throughout the competition.