The World’s Challenge Challenge

Do you have a solution to a major global problem?

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 (also known as Global Goals), and propose a solution. Teams will be selected for interviews occurring on February 14, and will be selected to make a 5-7 minute presentation on March 1, proposing a solution to a panel of judges, with Q&A.

Each member of the winning team will win $1,000 (each member of the 2nd and 3rd place teams will win some awesome electronics), and the winning team will move on to compete against other schools at the International World’s Challenge Challenge from June 3-8, held at Western University in London, Ontario. The winning team of the International round will win $30,000 to split evenly within their team, 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, Velocity, and Western University.

Important Dates:

Application deadline: February 3
Interview date: February 14
University of Waterloo presentations: March 1
International round presentations: June 3-8


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 have closed. Be part of the audience and watch team pitch at the competition on March 1.