Worlds Challenge Challenge finalists announced

Announcing the finalists for the 2018 World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo

Six teams of three diverse students have been selected as finalists for the World’s Challenge Challenge competition at the University of Waterloo. Taking place on Thursday, March 1st, each team will pitch their solution to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). Several of the finalists this year are aiming to tackle #6 and #7 of the Global Goals: Clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy.

Overall, students applied with a wide variety of ideas, and finalists were selected after an interview assessing background analysis, collaboration opportunities, idea feasibility, and team presentation. Each team will present their solution in a 5-7 minute pitch to a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. The teams are competing for $1,000 for each member of the winning team to go towards an international travel experience, and the opportunity to compete at the international round of the World’s Challenge Challenge at Western University in June. At the international round, there will be $45,000 in prizes up for grabs. Each member of the 2nd and 3rd place teams will win tech prizes.

Here are the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo finalists:

Catalight
Catalight aims to create an affordable, sustainable approach to water safety and filtration.

Drops for Crops
By creating a specialized irrigation system, Drops for Crops hopes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural practice in Tanzania.

Keep it Real
Using blockchain technology, Keep it Real aims to develop more effective governance and accountability methods among members of the UN.

TABS
TABS is creating a sustainable, low-cost, low-maintenance, and low-energy use rainwater collection system to help combat drought and lack of potable water in Cambodia.

Agora Water
By providing solar water filtration systems to low-income countries, Agora Water hopes to combat the lack of potable water.

Conductive
Through the creation of a mesh energy network in Bangladesh, Conductive aims to create a means for low-income areas to establish an energy infrastructure and increase access to affordable energy.

Judges for the World’s Challenge Challenge include:

Everyone is welcome to attend the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo on Thursday, March 1st in Room 2002 of the Environment 2 building on the University of Waterloo campus. Pizza will be served for attendees courtesy of Velocity, and we encourage you to register in advance.