The World’s Challenge Challenge

Do you have a solution to a major global problem? Apply to the World's Challenge Challenge below!

The World’s Challenge Challenge (WCC) at the University of Waterloo is a competition where teams of two to four students pick one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals) and propose a solution. Teams that have been selected will make a 5-7 minute presentation on their proposed solution on March 9, 2020. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Each member of the winning team will win $1,000 and will move on to compete against other schools at the International WCC held at Western University in London, Ontario from June 8-12, 2020. The winning team of the International round will win $30,000, the second place team will win $15,000 and the 3rd place team will win $7,500. More information about the event can be found here (including the scoring rubric and resources). The World’s Challenge Challenge is a collaboration between Waterloo International, Entrepreneurship @ Environment, and Western University.

Important Dates:

  • WCC Application Deadline: January 26, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • WCC Ideation Workshop: February 5, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in EV2 2002
  • WCC Slide Deck Submission Deadline: February 14, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • WCC University of Waterloo Finals: March 9, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00pm in NH 3407


Only teams of two to four students will be accepted, preferably from at least two different disciplines. This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Waterloo. Participating students may be full-time or part-time and applications are welcome from every faculty. We encourage your team to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study.

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