Do you think you’ve got what it takes to impact a million people using the power of technology?
Update: The GIC organisers have announced that they are looking to award two scholarships to this year’s most successful applicants instead of the original one. The deadline has therefore been extended to 2 March.
Now in its third edition, the competition is open to residents of Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The finals will take place on 20 March in Budapest.
inventures.eu caught up with Botond Bognár, Singularity University Ambassador to Hungary. He explained that “due to an increasing awareness of technology driven developments, we are expecting a record amount of high quality projects from Central and Eastern Europe this year.”
Why should you apply?
Once the best project is chosen, the winner will be granted a place in the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) 2014 at Singularity University. Among the perks of winning is earning 30.000 dollars in tuition fee/lodging and spending the ten weeks in Silicon Valley working with tech tycoons such as Steve Wozniak and Larry Page. GSP promises to immerse participants in a culture of innovation and exploration through intensive trainings, workshops and onsite visits at enterprises such as NASA, Facebook, and Google.
What are the requirements?
In order to be accepted in the programme, you must:
- Have the ability to improve the standard of living – health, education and security through the use of technology – of one million people in the CEE region in the next three years
- Deal with one global challenge: Education, Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Poverty, Security or Water
- Use Exponential Technologies such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, networks and computing
- Be a resident of the above-mentioned countries
“Just do it!” said Bognár. “Don’t worry about how developed your idea is. We are looking for great applicants with a drive and a game-changing idea.”
If you are ready to make a change, wait no more and apply now!
Additional reporting by Alexandra Cosma.