World's Challenge Challenge

World’s Challenge Challenge is back for another year!

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