The Global Business Challenge is a graduate business case competition to design sustainable solutions to global problems

The 2018 Challenge ‘Smart Cities’

The challenge for the 2018 Global Business Challenge is to ‘develop novel and sustainable solutions to enable the safety of citizens in urban population centres through the smart application of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and novel business models and their effective integration with urban assets and infrastructure’.

2018 Key Dates

Registrations Open:
19 February 2018

Registrations Close:
31 May 2018

Round 1 Submissions Close:
15 June 2018 [23:59  UTC +10]

Finalists announced:
15 July 2018

Finals (held in Brisbane, Australia):
23 September till 28 September 2018

Winners Trophies
GBC Purpose

Purpose / Mission

The Global Business Challenge (GBC) is being conducted as a partnership between QUT, The University of Queensland and Griffith University and with the support of government and industry.

The 2018 GBC is hosted at Griffith University, with the event being managed by, QUT (The Organisers), with the assistance of an Advisory Board, Technical Advisors, executive judges from industry and government as well as our many student volunteers.

The objective of the GBC is to leverage the exceptional intellectual talent from the worlds’ top business schools and universities to solve a major global problem. The competition is designed to challenge students to formulate business solutions for globally relevant and contemporary ‘wicked’ problems with global significance. Importantly, the GBC is designed to foster cross-border and cross-discipline collaborations to create solutions that capture emerging transformative business opportunities for industries, regions and countries.

Solutions will consist of a combination of new and emerging technologies, as well as novel business models to support commercialisation and global adoption of these solutions. Industry prizes are specifically targeted to support finalist teams, or their collaborators in their commercialisation effort. As collaboration is a key pillar of the competition, teams are encouraged to have strong collaboration with technology providers, from research and industry and government organisations.

As the first and largest competition of its type in the world and its partners have committed to host the event for an initial seven year period. This will see the GBC has become the new benchmark in Graduate Case Competitions with a focus on delivering implementable and practical solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

2018 Event partners

University partners

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Event sponsors

2018 Sponsors and Partners

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