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Local competition seeks ideas that make use of technology to solve humanity's challenges

Do you have a big idea that makes use of technology to solve humanity's greatest challenges?

The University of Sussex, in partnership with local organisations, has launched a new competition to discover talented individuals who have the vision and clear intention to develop viable business concepts that help address humanity’s hardest problems, leading to a better, safer world.

The annual Brighton Grand Challenge competition, sponsored by American Express, will offer two finalists the opportunity to attend Singularity University’s  Executive  Programme at NASA Research Park in California during 2014.

The winners will combine their skills with the latest knowledge about exponential technologies, and network with Silicon Valley’s leaders. 

The competition (closing date 15 September)  is open to any individual (or groups of up to four people), but applicants must be aged 18 or over on 26 September 2014 (when the award event takes place).  Further information and eligibility criteria are available online.

Professor Michael Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), says: “The University of Sussex is very happy to support the Brighton Grand Challenge. The competition is one of many ways in which we can help boost a key and thriving local economic sector. The University is very much committed to developing and supporting local  innovation, and this is one way in which we can identify and support enterprise and talent as well as encourage other aspiring individuals.”

The organisers say: "This is an opportunity for Brighton to demonstrate the necessary and positive impacts its people can have in improving our world, making money and creating jobs in the process."

The other partners are American Express, University of Brighton, Brighton and Hove City Council, Wired Sussex, Sussex Innovation Centre, and the Singularity University.

Follow the competition on @BrightonGC


By: Carly Brownbridge
Last updated: Monday, 11 August 2014