The Global Challenge:
The hardest challenge ahead of civilization is not to achieve technological progress but how the technological progress is perceived by the majority in the society. The conflict at the point of separation between linear thinking and the exponential progress is becoming more and more obvious in every area of human activity. It is a collision not “Old” vs. “Young” but past lookers vs. forward thinkers, a conflict between people generally ignoring the obvious leaps in the techno-culture and more progressive people that are sensing and propelling the change, adapting to it, getting ahead of the curve. It is not a culture clash, nor it is a class struggle, it is future shock – the fear of the fast approaching future.
The only solution for smoothing this transition is education. At the same time the “regular” education itself suffers from linear thinking. All of us are products of education systems not only projecting in linear terms but also significantly lagging behind. (See more here… and here…)
|The task: Small teams of two or three work about two months to propose and present a vision for a business idea based on some exponential/disruptive technology.The idea should have the potential to radically improving the live of large number of people through the use of technology. The solution can be social or scientific and must leverage technology as a primary method of achieving the goal. The idea should be original and novel (for example a new service, or hardware), which has not yet been implemented anywhere.Each proposal should consist of detailed written description (including: technology overview, feasibility studies and/or initial market research, links and additional resources on the project) and a 2 minute video presentation in .mpg format. Additionally every other useful piece of information (texts, videos, links, presentations) which are relevant to your project may be submitted on an optical disk. By regulation every students presentations should end with the phrase “You have just been future shocked” as a cool reminder of what we are aiming at.While preparing their business visions the students will be able to consult and work closely with leading experts in such key fields as robotics, informatics, space-science, genetics etc.
Throughout the development of the ideas every team keeps keeps track of their idea with ongoing updates in an online group.This year’s main focus is “INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATION // EDUCATION FOR INNOVATION”.
* Acquainting students with exponential/disruptive technologies
* Promoting technological entrepreneurship for positive impact in the World
* Beta-testing ideas within the context of a competition in front of specially appointed panel of experts (the jury)
The direct effect of the competition would be dozens of student teams working on new ideas, and maybe a hundred visitors of the initial and final events.
The best students preparing business proposals with exponential technologies will be encouraged to participate in the Singularity University Global Impact Competition.
The appointed jury will evaluate the competition projects on the Competition Final. There will also be system for self-evaluation so that all the participants are judging each other. The leading criteria are:
* Unique use of technology addressing the problem statement
* Feasibility of implementation
* Feasibility to impact a large number of people
* The presentations will be marked additionally for convincing creativity.
What has been proposed so far:
In the previous years we have had over thirty proposals so far. Some of them were so topical that within a year of their presentation similar businesses have been started in Bulgaria. The students have been participating enthusiastically.
Stage 0 (approx. duration 1 week)
Stage 1 (approx. duration 2 weeks)
Stage 2 (approx. duration 3 weeks)
Stage 3 (approx. duration 1 week)
Stage 4 (approx. duration 1 week)
Stage 5 (approx. duration 1 day)