With just four weeks left until the culmination of the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, we have five fantastic finalists from around the world who surfaced from more than 1,500 entries in 90 countries. Entrepreneurship is in our DNA, and we are committed to fostering that spirit in others. In partnership with The University of Texas, the Dell Social Innovation Challenge invites college students around the world to enter their transformative ideas for solving social problems. Without further ado, the finalists are:
The teams are making their travel plans now and will arrive in Austin on June 8 to compete in the challenge, sponsored by Dell with the University of Texas at Austin. That weekend, these students will pitch their ideas with hopes of taking home a portion of the $150,000 in cash prizes and Dell technology to help bring their dreams to fruition. We’ll announce winners on June 12.
At Dell, we believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are not “born” but can be “bred” through the right community, support, tools and inspiration. And we’re especially delighted to announce the winner of the Dell Technology Award: AfyaZima Blood Pressure mCuff, a low-cost device that eases blood pressure measurement and transmission via a mobile in hopes of early hypertension diagnosis, especially in areas with low resources.
As we count down the days until the final weekend, stay tuned to @dell4good to hear stories about these teams, our People’s Choice Award winners, and the many other students who want to make their world a better place!
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