Global Ingenuity Challenge launched

14 April 2015
A new international competition to test the team work, ingenuity and creativity of interdisciplinary groups of students.

We are excited to announce the launch of our inaugural Global Ingenuity Challenge, testing the creativity, originality and practicality of students from across the network.  The challenge pits interdisciplinary teams of students against their peers from around the globe, asking them to come up with a solution to an important world issue.


Launched on 13th April 2015, this year’s competition challenges the student teams from nine countries to meet a seemingly simple activity: Moving People around Cities.  The teams are left to decide the specifics of who, what, where and when, but must use the talents and strengths of their members, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to come up with a solution that’s radical, practical and scalable.  They will then have to prepare a 3-minute video explaining and promoting their solution, which will be judged according to six criteria: Quality of pitch; novelty of solution; practicality of solution; scalability of solution; return on investment;  and engagement with the process - distance of travel from problem to solution.


The judging panel is made up of experts from around the world including Dr Ignacio Sanchez, Rector of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Kevin Cullen, CEO of NS Innovation (Australia) and Professor Frank Coton, Vice Principal (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Glasgow.  Alongside the official panel, which will award US$1,000 to each member of the winning team, there will be a People’s Choice vote, enabling members of the other teams to review, assess and vote on their competitors’ ideas. 


Speaking on the launch of the competition, U21’s Secretary General Jane Usherwood said: “This is an excellent opportunity for students to cross boundaries in their thinking, not only working with those outside their own discipline, but challenging themselves to have a truly international outlook and gaining different cultural perspectives on their ideas.  As a network we strive to nurture global citizens – creative and flexible graduates who can adapt and thrive in an increasingly cosmopolitan world. The Global Ingenuity Challenge is just a taster of the life beyond graduation which many will face.”


The competition is facilitated through the University of Nottingham’s online programme, Ingenuity Online, which students will use to break down and analyse the problem and develop innovative and scalable solutions.  Professor Simon Mosey, Director of The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham commented: “It is a real privilege to be working with ambitious students from around the world as they develop ideas to reduce the environmental impact of city living. We can’t wait to see how they use Ingenuity Online to build radically new transport solutions.”


The winners will be announced at the end of April, with the videos available on the U21 website. 


The universities taking part in the inaugural competition are: the University of Auckland, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, University College Dublin, Fudan University, the University of Glasgow, Tecnológico de Monterrey, UNSW Australia, the University of Nottingham (UK, China and Malaysia campuses) and the University of Queensland.