The World’s Challenge Challenge

Do you have a solution to a major global problem? Apply Below!

The World’s Challenge Challenge at the University of Waterloo is a competition where teams of three diverse students pick one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals), and propose a solution. Teams will be selected for interviews occurring on February 20, and will be selected to make a 5-7 minute presentation on February 27, proposing a solution to a panel of judges, with Q&A.

Each member of the winning team will win $1,000, and the winning team will move on to compete against other schools at the International World’s Challenge Challenge from June 2-7, held at Western University in London, Ontario. The winning team of the International round will win $30,000 to split evenly within their team, 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:

·       Application Deadline: February 3

·       WCC Ideation Workshop: February 5 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

·       WCC Drop-in Session: February 12 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

·       Interview Date: February 20 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

·       Finals: February 27 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Locations: AL 113


Only teams of three 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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