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Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems


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The top prize went to a startup in Kenya with a milk-chilling transit system that uses Artificial Intelligence to optimize inventory management.

Cisco awarded the top prize in its Global Problem Solver Challenge to an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled system for transporting dairy products.

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Cisco awarded the top prize in its Global Problem Solver Challenge to an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled system for transporting dairy products.

The challenge, one of Cisco's corporate social responsibility initiatives, awards entrepreneurial companies using technology to solve the world's biggest problems, with $100,000 going to the first-place winner.

There were entries from 524 teams this year.

Savanna Circuit Tech from the University of Nairobi in Kenya won first prize for the MaziwaPlus Prechiller, a solar-powered milk chiller that, among other things, uses IoT sensors to monitor temperature, and 3G/4G-connected shielding to enable data to be logged into a centralized system at each dairy.

The first runner-up in the challenge was a start-up launched by the Tunis Business School in Tunisia, which used IoT, artificial intelligence, and three-dimensional printing to create custom prosthetics.

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