Dell and the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service of the University of Texas are looking for university and college students from all over the world to compete on ideas focuses to solve social problems at global level.
The challenge has been launched by the web Dell Social Innovation Competition. Here, you must present your ideas on sustainability and humanitarian projects for the first round. The deadline for this presentation was February, 20th. That day, and until March, 5th, a voting period starts, during which the registered community cooperates to elect the most feasible and innovative ideas for building a better world.
The authors of the best ideas that are elected as semi-finalists by the jury and the community will have to write a business plan and record a three-minute video, explaining the idea in more detail. Three of them will make a trip to Austin, Texas, on May, 7th, 2009, in order to present their plans to a jury of experts that will award the first prize of 50.000 US $.
Proposals will be evaluated on criteria like their social impact, the financial feasibility, the sustainability of the project, the leadership capacity of the creators, the team work or the evaluation of the risks, among others.
This initiative is an interesting challenge for young people, and creates a constructive community, generating ideas under the umbrella of a well known technological company like Dell.