2023 Solution Challenge timeline
Ready to get started? Here's an overview of the program timeline and how to start your journey with this year’s Solution Challenge.
Join a Google Developer Student Club
If there is no club at your college or university, you can join the closest one through the community event platform.
Form a team and register
Form a 1 to 4 person team, with at least one student who attends the university associated with the Google Developer Student Club, and ideally with a varied set of technical and soft skills. Have a conversation early about causes you care about most. Register for the Solution Challenge by submitting this form (each team member must register).
Select a UN Sustainable Development Goal
Select a goal that aligns with personal interests and/or needs in your community that you would like to solve with technology. Watch this video to learn more.
Learn and build
Identify a solution
One way to identify a solution is by using a Design Sprint, a flexible framework for solving problems through designing, prototyping, and testing ideas with users over a 5-day sprint.
Design the user interface
This is where your solution’s user interface and user experience comes in. Start thinking about how a user will interact with the solution. Watch this video to learn more about designing an interface.
Design the backend technology
Follow the learning pathways on the Resources page to help you plan and design the backend.
Finalize and submit your solution
Test your solution
Collect feedback by showcasing your project to other students, family, and friends.
Iterate on your project
Using the feedback you received, start iterating on your design and technology until it’s polished and ready for a final demo.
Record a demo video, and submit it by March 31, 2023
Put your solution into action. Record a video of a successful demo (maximum 2 minutes long) and submit it using this form. The submission form will open on March 17, 2023. Watch this video for examples of demos from last year's contest.
Impact (25 points)
- Does the entry establish a clear challenge using their problem statement? (5 points)
- Do they explain clearly which UN Sustainable Development goals and targets they chose for their solution and why? (5 points)
- Feedback from users, testing & iteration (5 points)
- Does the team clearly describe three feedback points they received from real users and the steps they took to test them?
- Is there evidence of what the team learned and how the solution was iterated upon based on user feedback?
- Does the solution address the challenge (and problem statement) identified by the team? Does the team adequately describe the success of their solution using metrics, goals, and outcomes? (5 points)
- Is there evidence of next steps? Does the team display a clear plan for future extension to a larger audience if they were to continue? (5 points)
Technology (25 points)
- Does the team clearly describe the following: architecture, high-level components, responsibility of each component, specific products and platform they implemented? Has the team clearly explained what Google technology they used and why? (5 points)
- Does the solution implement all the technical components needed to solve the challenge? (5 points)
- Code testing and iteration (5 points)
- Does the team highlight one challenge they faced while building their code, how they addressed the issue, and the technical decisions and implementations they had to make? Did the team include guidance on running their code?
- Does the video demonstration show an actual working application (not a mockup) and how a user will interact with the solution? Does the demo show how the solution makes effective and appropriate use of the features of the chosen Google technology or platform? (5 points)
- Can the solution, in its current form or minor structural changes, support more users and increased scale? (5 points)
Top 100 teams selected
After judges review all submissions against the evaluation criteria, the top 100 Solution Challenge teams will be announced.
Mentoring for top 100 teams
The top 100 teams receive mentorship from Google and Google Developer Experts to improve their solution and resubmit it for the top prize.
Top 10 finalists announced
Finalist teams will be announced and begin to prepare for the 2023 Solution Challenge Demo Day.
3 winning teams announced live on YouTube
All 10 finalists will showcase their solutions during the 2023 Solution Challenge Demo Day, and the 3 winning teams will be announced!