Washington, DC
July 18 – 20, 2017

GGCS Student Poster Competition

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit will include an opportunity for students to present research posters. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of their research for consideration. Research presentations related to the Grand Challenges are particularly encouraged. Select abstracts will be chosen for poster presentation during an extended lunchtime session at the Summit. A panel of judges will select five to ten posters as best in class and the winning poster authors will receive a monetary prize.

Thank you to all students who submitted abstracts; notifications will be sent by March 20, 2017.

Student Accommodations

Information about special student accommodations is available in the student registration process, and will be included in confirmation letters for student registrants.

 Students must register before March 31, 2017 to be eligible for the complimentary accommodations.

Pre-Summit Student Day

An important part of the GGCS is the Pre-Summit Student Day preceding the official Summit.

At the London Summit, Student Day involved a day-long business proposal competition among the students attending the summit. The concept was expanded for the Beijing Summit, with student teams from the three countries working during the nine months before the Summit to develop a business plan for a startup based on an idea related to the Grand Challenges.

For the 2017 Summit, initial team selection began in October 2016. Teams from each country are being selected from initial proposals and invited to participate in Web-based classes on lean startup techniques, business model development, and customer discovery. Five teams from each country will be selected to participate at the Pre-Summit Student Day. Winning teams will receive monetary prizes and every team will receive a certificate of participation.

Competition Details

Teams of students will propose and develop a startup business model based on an idea/concept generally related to the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

The business models will be pitched by each team to a judging panel of entrepreneurs and innovators at the Summit in Washington.

At least $50K in prizes will be awarded to allow the winning teams to start implementing their ideas.

Please note that the deadline for applications for US teams has passed. 

GGCS_2015 Student Winners
GGCS_Student Day Group
GGCS_Student Day

Grand Challenge Scholars

The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century.