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The Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC) recognizes promising young student entrepreneurs whose visionary ideas address some of the world’s most vexing problems. The winners receive start-up capital along with world-class teaching and training, as well as access to a network of mentors.
Since the DSIC was started, more than 15,000 students from 105 countries have proposed more than 4,500 ideas. Over US$450,000 has gone to more than 50 student teams from around the world. And this year’s event was held in conjunction with the Dell Social Innovation Think Tank — a half-day, collaborative event featuring an influential group of entrepreneurs, financiers, academics and students raising awareness about social entrepreneurship.
Anyone can join the growing online social innovation community and support students on their projects. The online community is a place where innovators can get the resources they need, whether it’s feedback on concepts, new team members with special skills, professional mentorship or cash awards.
The DSIC annual grand prize competition is open to currently enrolled university and college students. DSIC offers four project entry categories to reward and support impactful social innovations at all phases of development. Competitors can submit as many project entries as they like in any of the four phases:
- Define: The concept about social impacts and the innovation driving them exists, or the student has a few general ideas with limited research at this point.
- Design: The potential for social impacts is taking shape as students test project execution assumptions with prospective customers/beneficiaries. Beginnings of formal internal and external teams and some details on project pilot locale and test elements are captured.
- Pilot: The innovation project has been tested with a small group of customers/beneficiaries and is demonstrating verifiable impacts. The team continues making project improvements based on live experience in the field.
- Scale: Successful social impacts have been achieved in more than one geographic area. The project has sustainable financial and human resource models with strong leadership and strategic partner support in place.
The DSIC website offers participants the tools and teachings they need to help improve and advance their projects. It also provides a platform for participants to inspire other students to use their talents to change the world. With plans to grow to 20,000 entries each year by 2016, the DSIC promises to become the largest and most prestigious global competition for student social entrepreneurs.
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Pair the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and Ultrabook™ systems with widely available WiFi and what do you get? The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon. And the upshot is that a highly mobile, always-on workforce is shaping up to be dramatically more responsive than past generations.
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