The winners of the inaugural Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge announced

Quesnay has been proud to be a part of the first ever Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. The competition, focused on uncovering and supporting amazing student-led social impact startups, has been evaluating an strong set of applications, submitted by students and recent alumni from universities and institutions around the world.

Focused on identifying companies with new technology solutions that are designed to benefit the economy, society, or the environment, Cisco’s competition is awarding $300,000 in prizes to deserving companies. Perhaps the most outstanding of which is Project Vive, winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize.

Founder and CEO Mary Elizabeth McCulloch started the non for profit company in order to fund the development of Voz Box. Focused on giving a voice to the 4.5 million people worldwide who have diseases like ALS and cerebral palsy that leave them unable to communicate verbally, McCulloch and her team at Penn State are developing a less expensive and more reliable solution that can improve lives. They are currently beta testing in partnership with the ALS Clinic at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and are able to accept tax-deductible donations. Support them here.

With it’s generous support for this competition, Cisco was able to award prizes to 10 winners in all. Check them all out.