The 2013 edition of Desafio Intel is underway. Applications for the program that seeks to promote entrepreneurial education in Latin America and connect local talent with Silicon Valley opportunities are now being accepted.
Desafio Intel is aimed at projects falling into one of three categories:
Internet, Mobile, and Software Computing: Disruptive computing innovations, such as cloud computing, big data, high speed mobile connectivity, machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobile platforms and advanced sensors.
Computing for Social Innovation: Businesses that leverage computing with positive financial returns and make an impact on systemic social challenges in sectors like agriculture, education, energy, financial services, the environment, health, life sciences, housing and water.
Hardware and Computing: Projects using hardware, such as wireless, embedded and perceptual computing.
All teams that apply must include at least one current student or recent graduate, and one team member has to be available to travel to California for 30 days as part of the competition to take part in the YouNoodle Entrepreneurship Camp. Projects must have been in existence for less than three years and received no more than US$250,000 in funding. A working prototype needs to be available by October 2013. All submissions must be completed in English.
With this edition of the program, Intel has chosen to collaborate closely with several key universities in Latin America: Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) and Universidad Argentina de la Empresa from Argentina, Fundación Getulio Vargas, Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, UNISINOS and UNICAMP in Brasil, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María de Chile, Instituto Tecnológico in Costa Rica, Universidad de los Andes and Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones in Colombia, Tecnológico de Monterrey, ITAM and ITESO in México, Universidad de Lima and Pontificia Universidad Católica in Perú.
Eight Latin American finalists will be selected (we followed the Brazilian leg of the competition closely last year). Each will receive mentoring, press and the opportunity to attend the YouNoodle Camp. They will compete at the Desafio Intel Demo Day, when three winning projects will be selected. The victors will return to Silicon Valley in October to compete for US$100,000 in prizes at the Intel Global Challenge event at UC Berkeley.
Inscriptions for this year’s Desafio Intel will be open now through April 8th. Think you’ve got what it takes? Apply here.