Solving Global Problems: Announcing the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo Finalists

On Thursday, March 2nd, six teams of diverse students will each pitch their solution to a global problem at the World’s Challenge Challenge at the University of Waterloo. In teams of three, students have selected one of the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals and proposed a solution, as they work to address important challenges facing the world.

UW students submitted a range of exceptional ideas, and finalists were selected after an intensive interview that assessed background analysis, opportunities for collaboration, idea feasibility, and team presentation. Now, each of the six teams will present a 7-minute pitch on their solution to a panel of judges, and an audience of their peers at the Quantum Nano Centre (QNC) at the University of Waterloo. Please join us at the event to watch the pitches. Free pizza will also be served to attendees!

At stake is a chance to win $1,000 towards an international travel experience for each team member of the winning team, and the opportunity to compete at the international level for $45,000 in prizes at the International round of the World’s Challenge Challenge at Western University. Each member of the 2nd and 3rd place teams will also win prizes. Below are the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo finalists:

Bugs Abroad
By providing micro-loans to developing nations, Bugs Abroad hopes to harness investor funds to allow the creation of small-scale insect agricultural operations in order to reduce world hunger.

Cultured is creating a sustainable and efficient in-vitro meat production process, effectively, the growing of meat from cell cultures without the need for slaughtering animals.

MoguHaus is developing MycoMade, a line of food packaging made from agricultural waste and mycelium, the roots of fungi. The packaging creates zero waste, and is carbon neutral.

Raptrs is creating a Rapid Anti-Poaching Technological Response System to prevent the poaching of Elephants and Rhinos in Africa, which are essential to the region’s biodiversity.

Roots to Remediation
Roots to Remediation aims to reduce carbon emissions by partnering with farmers and co-operatives in high CO2 regions to increase carbon sequestration in rice farming.

Women Ambassadors in Menstrual Sanitation (WAMS)
WAMS is creating period pouches to fund menstrual hygiene programming that empowers women to become menstrual sanitation ambassadors in their communities.

Please join us at the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo on Thursday, March 2 to watch six teams compete for funding as they present solutions to major global problems. Register to attend.

The World’s Challenge Challenge is a collaboration between Velocity, Waterloo International, and Western University.