The World’s Challenge Challenge

Do you have a solution to a major global problem?

The World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo event has concluded, read more about the event:

Students pitch their solutions to global problems at the World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo

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, and propose a solution. Teams will be selected for interviews on February 14, and six teams will be selected to make a 5-7 minute presentation on March 2, proposing a solution to a panel of judges, with Q&A.

Each member of the winning team will win $1,000 to contribute to an international travel experience (each member of the 2nd place team will win a pair of Beats headphones, and each member of the 3rd place team will win a Fujifilm Instax camera), and the winning team will move on to compete against other schools in the first International World’s Challenge Challenge in May 2017, held at Western University in London, Ontario (all expenses paid). The winning team of the International round will win $30,000 to split evenly within their team, and the second place team will win $15,000. More information about the origins of the event can be found here and the scoring rubric can be found here. The World’s Challenge Challenge is a collaboration between Velocity, Waterloo International, and Western University. Good luck to all competitors!

Important Dates:

Application deadline: February 5
Interview date: February 14
University of Waterloo presentations: March 2
International round presentations: May TBD


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. Only teams of three students will be accepted, preferably from at least two different disciplines.


Applications for the World’s Challenge Challenge are now closed.