Join us at the 7th Annual Intel Global Challenge (IGC) at UC Berkeley (formerly the Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge). The Lester Center and UC Berkeley have partnered with Intel to create the premier global business plan competition focused on technology. Through education, collaboration and competition in an international championship event, IGC provides a forum, in the heart of the US entrepreneurship community, where teams can present their business and technology startups focused on ideas that will impact the world.
Intel's Ajay Bhatt speaks to a capacity crowd at last year's event
This year, 28 teams from close to 20 countries will compete in private judging sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, November 9 and 10, and the top eight finalist teams will present their business idea to the public at Thursday’s Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum on November 10. The teams, representing universities and programs in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S., and including for the first time, teams from Portugal, Taiwan, and the Philippine’s, bring with them some of the brightest and innovative technology ideas in the world and will be vying for $100,000 in prizes.
Please join us in learning about what's new and innovative in technology around the globe. Attendees will be invited to attend the Poster Session and Reception where all of the teams will showcase their business ideas to the public.* The program that follows will feature a Keynote Speaker, the Public Presentations of the eight finalist teams, and the Award Presentation to the top three teams. The winners of our new Special Awards for Social Innovation, Emerging Market and Young Innovator will also be announced. The winners of these new awards will be selected during Wednesday’s Semi Finals judging session. Don’t miss this exciting event!
This program is sponsored by Intel** in partnership with the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.
*All guests will be invited to participate in the selection of the People's Choice Award, which will be open to the public beginning on November 11. Voting will be hosted on InspiredbyEducation.com and will close on Friday, November 18. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a $5,000 prize.
**This competition is made possible by a generous grant from Intel Foundation under the sponsorship of the Intel® Higher Education Program - a worldwide collaboration between Intel and 150 universities in 34 countries - providing students with access to world class research leadership, direct technology support and technology entrepreneurship skills to help move the resulting technology expertise and knowledge to the local economies.
Dr. Genevieve Bell is an Australian-born anthropologist and researcher. As director of User Interaction and Experience in Intel Labs, Bell leads a research team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists. This team shapes and helps create new Intel technologies and products that are increasingly designed around people’s needs and desires. In this team and her prior roles, Bell has fundamentally altered the way Intel envisions and plans its future products so that they are centered on people’s needs rather than simply silicon capabilities. Dr. Bell graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She then attended Stanford University, earning her master’s degree (1993) and a doctorate (1998) in cultural anthropology, as well as acting as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology from 1996-1998.
Event and Registration Information
The program begins with a poster session and networking hour at 5:30 PM with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the Bank of America Forum at the Haas School of Business. Due to the special nature of this Forum, we will not have the "numbers"/Pitch Your Company at this event. Registration is required. Links for online pre-registration are available at the top of this page. The event os SOLD OUT and online or onsite registration are not available. If you are unfamiliar with the UC Berkeley campus, check out the campus map to locate the Haas School on the east (uphill) side of campus.