Dell Social Innovation Challenge 2013


The Dell Social Innovation Challenge is a community of students, educators and professionals from around the world working together to achieve real social impact. Through our competition you will connect with people who share your passion.

We’re looking for social innovations. What’s a social innovation? It’s an idea that significantly improves results around existing social or environmental problems. We’re looking for innovations that can grow to create global impacts, so your passion and abilities to drive such growth are also as important as your innovation idea.

Our DSIC-Certified Judges will evaluate student projects using three primary criteria:

Clarity of the innovation and significance of social impacts potentials.
Demonstration of a high probability of success.
Potential impact from winning DSIC.


Competition Organizer

The University of Texas at Austin

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Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Green
  • Women or Minority-owned
  • Virtual/Online
  • Business - Global
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
Who's Eligible

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge is open to ALL university students in the world–-it doesn’t matter what school you attend or what you’re studying. 

And you don’t need a venture plan to enter. Everything from early-stage ideas to mature projects that are up and running can compete to win. 

We accept ideas for innovations with the potential for a clear social impact in any issue area. Projects can be charitable, for-profit or a blend. 

Enter online at

Important Dates

January 28, 2013: Deadline to enter the 2013 Dell Challenge
Projects must be posted by this date to be eligible. Projects posted after January 28 are eligible for future competitions and our year-round resources, such as mentoring. 

April 8: Announcement of Five Finalists and Specialty Award winners

May 14: Verb Awards in Austin, Texas 

Competition Prizes

Grand Prize Awards

Five Finalists will be flown to Austin, Texas, in May for a Finalist Week full of networking and mentoring with social innovation leaders. They’ll pitch live in front of our judges for these Grand Prize Awards:

$50,000 Grand Prize
$20,000 Second Prize
$10,000 Third Prize

Two Expertise Award winners (selected by judges) will also attend Finalists Week:

$15,000 Tomberg Prize in Environmental Sustainability
$10,000 Best Innovation Leveraging Technology presented by Dell
Semi-Finalists (selected by judges) will receive:

People’s Choice Awards
17 People’s Choice Award Winners will be selected via online voting:

$1,000 Each
11 Focus Awards
6 Regional Awards