World's Challenge Challenge

Congratulations Team UAlberta!

UAlberta Team: Syeda, Raeha and Ronja, at World's Challenge Challenge finals in London, Ontario.

UAlberta Team: Syeda, Raeha and Ronja, at World's Challenge Challenge finals in London, Ontario.

Congratulations to Syeda, Raeha, and Ronja who won the University of Alberta's local competition and who represented the University of Alberta so well at the World's Challenge Challenge finals in London, Ontario! Their proposal sought to divert unused and unexpired insulin from Canada to refugee camps.


UAlberta World's Challenge Challenge Winners.

UAlberta's World's Challenge Challenge winners 2018.

Runners-up in the local competition (right) were Lekhini, Jenna, and Nidhi, who proposed an alternative approach to vaccinations in refugee camps. The People's Choice Award winners (left) were Catherine, Connor, and Brenden of Cleanhouse Consulting. They proposed a methane conversion process that would reduce carbon emissions and create biodegradable plastic. 

The $30,000 grand prize winner from the World's Challenge Challenge finals in London was from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with runners-up from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University. Read more about their proposals. 

World’s Challenge Challenge 2019

The 2019 World's Challenge Challenge finals take place in London, Ontario,  June 2 - 9, 2018. Check back for updates on the 2018-2019 UAlberta competition.
Some words from past participants that are sure to inspire.

"We will definitely always consider World’s Challenge Challenge as a defining aspect of our undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta. We all knew that being selected to attend the International World’s Challenge Challenge in London on behalf of the University of Alberta was a great honour, but the week ended up being more than we could have ever imagined. Meeting World’s Challenge Challenge participants from around the globe and learning of their innovative solutions to important world issues were incredibly inspiring and strengthened our desire to aid diabetic refugees with our project. Although we, unfortunately, did not win, we were able to form valuable connections that will hopefully foster future collaboration between our teams - highlighting the fundamental concept that all of the issues discussed are global challenges which require a united, global action between multiple countries." - UAlberta WCC team, 2018 

World’s Challenge Challenge 2018

It starts with one idea, one discussion. Who knows where your ideas may lead?

The World's Challenge Challenge invites student teams of three to present their innovative solution to a major global issue during International Week 2018. The winner of UAlberta competition will then participate in the international competition at Western University with a chance at winning $30,000!

The World's Challenge Challenge exciting way to engage in discussions and debates about world issues, with an opportunity to bring your own ideas to the table. As part of UAlberta’s International Week, this competition strives to bring together individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. 


UAlberta Competition

  • First Place Prize – Each member of the winning team of the UAlberta World’s Challenge Challenge will receive an Education Abroad Individual Award (valued at up to $3,750) towards an international learning experience, plus a trip to Western University (including airfare, hotel, and meals) to participate in the international competition.
  • Second Place Prize – Each member of the second place team of the UAlberta World’s Challenge Challenge will receive an Education Abroad Individual Award (valued at up to $3,750) which can be used towards an international nearing experience.

International Competition

  • First Place Prize – First place winners of the international competition will receive $30,000 CDN.
  • Second Place Prize – Second place winners will receive $15,000 CDN.
  • Third Place Prize- Third place winners will receive $7,500 CDN.

Need inspiration?

Take a look at last year’s International Competition!

How does it work?

Students will form diverse teams of three and think of a global problem the world is currently facing. The team of three will then present their solutions to a panel of judges. A maximum of 21 teams will be selected to present during a semifinals competition. From there, nine teams will be selected to present at the final UAlberta competition during International Week.

Please download the detailed instructions here.

What's Involved?

Complete the online application including basic information about your team, topic and proposed solution. Develop a 5-minute presentation that explains your solution to a global problem or issue of your choice. A 3-5 minute question and answer period will follow your presentation.

Teams will be asked to present Thursday, January 18, 2018. Time and location to be determined at a later date. Those selected to move forward will present, during International Week, to a panel of academic and community leaders in front of a UAlberta campus audience on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Please review the scoring rubric to see what is expected of participating teams.

Who can participate?

This competition is open to all University of Alberta students: undergraduate and graduate, from any faculty, full and part-time. We encourage your team to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study. Only teams of three students will be accepted.

Past Competition Winners

Timeline & Important Dates

October 25, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM @ Telus 134

Information Session

November 9, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ ED 165

Proposal Workshop

November 19, 2017 - Project Submission Deadline

11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time - MST)

November 20 - 24, 2017

Notification sent to semi-finalists

January 11, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Telus 134

Practice Presentation Session

January 11-17, 2018

Practice and refine your presentation

January 18, 2018 - First Round of Presentations

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (time may change based on applicant numbers)
Location: Education Building (rooms to be confirmed via email)

February 1, 2018 - Finals

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: ECHA L1-490

Need More Information?

Please contact University of Alberta International at