World's Challenge Challenge apps open

Challenging students to solve Global Goals

Applications are open for the 2018 World’s Challenge Challenge at the University of Waterloo. A collaboration between Waterloo International, Velocity, and Western University, the competition invites teams of three diverse students to pick one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals) and propose a solution.

Finalists will make a 5 to 7 minute pitch on their solution to a panel of judges on March 1, with the winning team moving on to the World’s Challenge Challenge international competition at Western University this June. Each member of the winning team will receive $1,000, and the team will compete at the international competition for a share of $52,500 to go towards implementing their solution. Each member of the second and third place teams will receive awesome tech gadgets!

Wondering what kinds of solutions have been pitched in the past? Last year’s first place winner was the RAPTRS team, who presented 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. The second place team was Bugs Abroad, who’s solution to reduce world hunger was to provide micro-loans to developing nations to allow them to create small-scale insect agricultural operations. The third-place team was Women Ambassadors in Menstrual Sanitation (WAMS), which proposed creating period pouches to fund menstrual hygiene programming empower women in their communities.

2017 World's Challenge Challenge UWaterloo winners.
Last year’s 2017 World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo winners.

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 and areas of study. Applications close on Saturday, February 3 at 11:59pm. Visit our page to find out more information about the World’s Challenge Challenge, including how to apply and the scoring rubric. Visit Western University’s page to find out more about the competition’s history.