Meet Our Global Impact Competition Winners!

Singularity University today announced the winners of its 2013 Global Impact Competition. With the prize of attending SU's summer 10-week Graduate Studies Program, SU holds competitions around the world to identify outstanding students aspiring to positively impact the lives of a billion people within the next ten years.

The Global Impact Competition is based on the power of the Singularity University worldwide community - countless Ambassadors, alumni, and volunteers who set up, run, and raise money to enable local entrepreneurs to share in SU's transformational experience.

In 2013, 13 countries hosted competitions that represented finalists from over 20 countries -- including regions across South America, western and eastern Europe, Israel, Russia and Australia. This year, 18 students from all over the world will be joining the summer program at Singularity University. Read about them, their backgrounds and how they want to change the world!

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. (Charles Darwin)
Gilad Gome Israel
I want to fill the gap between the actual and the potential.
Diego Soroa Spain
Winning the Dutch GIC is my golden ticket to innovation paradise. I am incredibly thrilled and honored!
Remco Bloemen Netherlands
I have wanted to be an inventor all my life. This dream started when I was a child and wanted to be an alchemist.
Alejandro Abarca Blanco Mexico
Human creativity has no boundaries. Feed it with imagination, and you will bring dreams to life.
Alessandro Innocenti Italy
Winning in My Idea for Russia 2013 Contest is a great joy and a unique opportunity to implement the most exciting ideas at the cutting edge of science and technology in the heart of Silicon Valley together with congenial people from all corners of the world and a responsibility for the bright Future of my country.
Maxim Alekhin Russia
I'm really proud of representing my country at Singularity University. I will do everything I can to contribute.
Pablo Veltri Argentina
I am very excited about this opportunity to improve our current services and offer them around the world.
João Paulo Oliveira Brazil
I want to learn more about how I can contribute to making the world a better place.
Zezan Tam Australia
Responsible 21st century companies should react to real market demands, create more sustainable lives and have less environmental impact.
Márton Juhász Hungary

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You can help us make the Graduate Studies Program accessible to talented students with demonstrated financial need - click here to watch our fundraising video and meet the Class of 2013.

Our GIC Stories

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. (Charles Darwin)
Gilad Gome Israel

Graduate student at Tel-Aviv University focused on biotechnology and molecular biology.

Project

An environmentally sustainable and cost-efficient solution for extracting precious metals from soil using genetically modified microorganisms.

I have wanted to be an inventor all my life. This dream started when I was a child and wanted to be an alchemist.
Alejandro Abarca Blanco Mexico

Alejandro Abarca is a passionate inventor with a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a Minor in Bio MicroElectroMechanical Systems.

Project

Semka's first product is a CTC Isolator Chip & Control Unit focused on cancer detection and monitoring of MTCs cells before metastasis begins.

I want to fill the gap between the actual and the potential.
Diego Soroa Spain

Diego Soroa is an entrepreneur, architect, artist, biomimic, and creative consultant. He has extensive experience assisting R&D teams and easing cultural changes within companies. He is the founder and CEO of Cuantics Creatives Lab.

Project

Whossapp is an app that assists organizations by visualizing the potential within, fostering meaningful interactions to ease empowerment, and the emergence of self-organization.

Professional cross-disciplinary colaboration will create the most important technological breakthoughs.
Itai Hayut Israel

M.Sc in physics and neuroscience. Currently completing Ph.D in applied physics at the Hebrew University. Expertise is remote sensing for biomedical uses.

Project

The NG Needle improves an invasive medical procedure by converting any needle into a sensor, which can "feel" its environment and allow a physician to know what tissues surround the different parts of the needle.

Winning the Dutch GIC is my golden ticket to innovation paradise. I am incredibly thrilled and honored!
Remco Bloemen Netherlands

Master of Science in 3 academic disciplines: Applied Math, Theoretical Physics and Management, the first 2 in the University of Cambridge, directly under Stephen Hawking.

Project

Early diagnosis is very important for many illnesses, yet early symptoms rarely warrant a visit to the doctor. My idea is for people to to do early diagnosis with their cell phones - a P2P solution for healthcare.

Human creativity has no boundaries. Feed it with imagination, and you will bring dreams to life.
Alessandro Innocenti Italy

I'm an Industrial Designer specializing in ceramics and advanced materials. I work to bring astonishing projects to life. I'm a maker.

Project

ALIKA Technology provides a next-generation ceramic material for water purification and active filtering that can be used in personal health, wellbeing, and environmental applications.

It is a big honor to represent Russia, Skolkovo Foundation and OpUS on the international level; it means that I do really important thing and there is an ability for the idea to be fully realized and to help a lot of people.
Alexandr Borgul Russia

National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics -1 grade Master of Systems Modeling in Mechatronics.

Russia

Human-machine interface to address the everyday life of disabled people’s. The main purpose of the project is producing the system which allows people with absolutely different degrees of locomotorium damages, up to total diamelia or complete paralysis, to use without any assistance different devices as active prostheses, electrical wheel-chairs, rehabilitation complexes etc.

Winning in My Idea for Russia 2013 Contest is a great joy and a unique opportunity to implement the most exciting ideas at the cutting edge of science and technology in the heart of Silicon Valley together with congenial people from all corners of the world and a responsibility for the bright Future of my country.
Maxim Alekhin Russia

PhD student at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Project

The ambitious goal of SynBioM Project is creating a novel personalized medicine platform on the base of microbiome data analysis and selection of "smart" probiotics, engineered applying synthetic biology approach, for significant improvement of human health.

Mike Klodnicki The US State of Georgia

Masters Program in Poultry Science, biotechnology emphasis at the University of Georgia (2012 - present). Graduated the University of Georgia (2008-2012) with B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I'm really proud of representing my country at Singularity University. I will do everything I can to contribute.
Pablo Veltri Argentina

Pablo is the co-Founder of Incluyeme.com and Yeeeu.com, both dedicated to enhancing employment opportunities for the disabied. He i also the for IT Operations manager for Weatherford International and holds an Electrical Engineering degree and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Project

It is a marketplace to help people with disabilities find jobs.

I am very excited about this opportunity to improve our current services and offer them around the world.
João Paulo Oliveira Brazil

Computer engineering professional and entrepreneur focused on products supporting the deaf community

Project

ProDeaf is focused on breaking the barrier between deaf and hearing persons, through an online translation platform for deaf people.

I want to learn more about how I can contribute to making the world a better place.
Zezan Tam Australia

Trained as a microeconomist and actuary, former management consultant, now young and passionate aspiring entrepreneur.

Project

I want to improve the environment by encouraging carpooling to reduce pollution and congestion. "Carpooler" is an application that solves the information co-ordination issues that inhibit the adoption of carpooling.

Aleksandra Orchowska Poland

Project

An adventure game for children with insulin-dependent diabetes. The game combines action and simulation to educate and entertain. The app provides knowledge about diabetes, its symptoms and self-care. A player can explore virtual world filled with information and at the same time care for health of the main character.

I want to help Society respond better to present and future challenges.
Pablo de Manuel Spain

Pablo de Manuel was a co-founder, investor and CEO of five award-winning start-ups. He earned engineering and masters degrees from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the École Polytechnique Paris. He received the Best Student of Industrial Engineering AWARD at UPM.

Project

We offer a complementary method for solving regional challenges and accelerating innovation by identifying, attracting, and adapting existing profitable and successful solutions from around the globe.

I believe that new business models can address the world's biggest problems. My company is serving as a role model for this approach by working for peace.
Assaf Kindler Israel

With a background in business and entrepreneurship, I founded an Israeli-Palestinian software company to provide services to start-ups targeting the growing Arab market and to bring Palestinian developers together with Israeli and international technology companies.

Project

Search Angel is a socially responsible search engine that donates its revenue, approximately 10 cents per search, to global charities designated by its users.

John Mourgis Greece

Graduate, Athens University of Economics with degree in Business Administration.

Project

"Organery" - a new approach to recycling that combines intelligent composting bins and gamification to transform and broaden organic waste management.

You can help us make the Graduate Studies Program accessible to talented students with demonstrated financial need - click here to watch our fundraising video and meet the Class of 2013.