The World’s Challenge Challenge 2021

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 25, 2021. Each presentation will be followed by a quick Q&A session.

The winning team will win $3,000 and will move on to compete against other schools at the International WCC held at Western University in London, Ontario from June 6-11, 2021. 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: February 24th, 2021 at 11:59pm
  • WCC Slide Deck Submission Deadline: March 3rd, 2021 at 11:59pm
  • WCC Ideation Workshop: March 11th, 2021
  • WCC University of Waterloo Finals: March 25th, 2021


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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