Experiences shared from former grand prize winners.


2017 Winners

Full press release and  pictures!


Winning Teams of the 2014 Global Student Challenge

 $25,000 Grand Prize Winner

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Roberto Napoli of the University of Trento with Team feelSpace, including Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, and Julia Wache.

The grand prize went to Team feelSpace, representing the University of Trento, Italy. Their winning concept provides a navigation device for blind people. It is a belt that has vibrating units around the waist, which points to a selected goal – either a GPS coordinate or north, and vibrates to indicate the way. This is especially useful for blind and visually impaired people who need their hands and ears free to fully perceive their environment when navigating. As a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort, their name and university will be etched into the base of the Global Challenge Trophy, which will reside at VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.


$5,000 Second Place Winner

Pictured left to right: President of the VT Corporate Research Center, Dr. Joe Meredith presenting the award to Cam Stuart of Team Santé West.

The second place prize of $5,000 was awarded to Team Santé West representing the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. Cam Stuart of Santé West presented this concept, which aims to bring the proven science of partial weight bearing to a personal, convenient device, helping the user recover from knee and lower leg injuries in less time with better functional outcomes.





$5,000 People's Choice Winner

Pictured left to right: President of the VT Corporate Research Center, Dr. Joe Meredith presenting the award to Andrea Carolina Mohr Beckdorf, Trinidad Schlotterbeck Suárez, and Alison Kareen Scheuch González, with regional mentor Edward Goyette, and Dr. Constanza Miranda of DILAB, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The People’s Choice award of $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, was selected by vote of the event attendees at the Global Student Business Concept Challenge. The People’s Choice was awarded to Team DD-MOff from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile, whose business concept was a natural product designed to be applied on any object that was in contact with Didymo, a highly invasive algae spreading in several rivers and lakes around the world. The product kills the algae effectively and reduces the chance of dissemination to new environments, while not affecting other ecosystems.