The Dell Social Innovation Challenge aims to transform university students into active social innovators. We invite you to incorporate the Dell Social Innovation Challenge into your semester courses as a way of connecting your students to the global community of student social innovators and enabling them to gain access to resources for their projects, including training, mentorship and seed funding. In 2012 we awarded more than $350,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including our Grand Prize of $50,000!
What is the Dell Social Innovation Challenge? The Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC) connects university students to the people, tools and opportunities they need to change the world. The challenge is part competition and part community. At DellChallenge.org, students compete for cash prizes to put their social innovation projects into action and connect with a worldwide community of supportive, likeminded educators and professionals.
Is there a fee to enter the competition? No. There's no cost to enter the competition. It's also free for non-competitors (students, educators or professionals) to create a profile. The only requirement is an interest in making the world a better place!
Who can enter the competition? Are there requirements based on age, location or field of study? Any university student in the world can enter the DSIC, with a few exceptions outlined in our Competition Rules. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and Ph.D. students in any field of study are eligible to enter.
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I'm ready and excited for the competition – how do I enter? Great! To enter, click Register to create your personal profile and complete it with the requested information. Next, create or join as many projects as you like. Then build your project team as guided or simply work on your own to complete your project page. The project page serves as your official competition entry.
How do I create a profile? Creating a profile is easy! Just Register and complete the required information.
What's the difference between a profile and a project page? Profiles are for individuals – students, mentors, judges, university partners and anyone else that wants to be part of the DSIC community. Only students may create their own project page and invite others, or join teams to complete other project pages, which are the official entries into DSIC competitions.
Who are the judges? Where do they come from? DSIC invites and certifies judges for each competition round. Judges may be people with social innovation expertise, business and nonprofit professionals, government leaders, educators and university administrators and leading practitioners in the field. Judges may come from countries all over the world.