Global Education

World's Challenge Challenge

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

The World's Challenge Challenge invites student teams to propose an innovative solution to a major global issue. Thanks to the Lee Global Education Awards, the team with the best proposal will win $10,000 to make their solution a reality.

The World's Challenge Challenge is an exciting way to engage in discussions about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the complex global problems that they seek to overcome. It challenges the university community to be a source of new ideas and inspiration and brings together active global citizens who seek to make a positive and tangible impact on the world.


WCC 2020 UAlberta Winners, Simran Dhillon, Adarsh Badesha and Ajaypartap Gill

“Through our experience with WCC, we have been able to work collaboratively to create a life-saving solution for drug testing on the street level. This opportunity has strengthened our ability to make necessary impacts within our community on a local, national, and international scale in regards to SDG 3 Quality Health and Well-being. Together we hope to continue working towards equal access to life-saving resources for all individuals.” - UAlberta WCC 2020 team

 

UAlberta"Our experience with World's Challenge Challenge has been an amazing catalyst for our aim of creating environmentally-friendly feminine hygiene products. With a focus on UN Sustainable Development goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), we hope to make a global impact." - UAlberta WCC 2019 team
UAlberta Team: Syeda, Raeha and Ronja, at World


"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." - UAlberta WCC 2018 team. 


UAlberta Competition Prizes

  • 1st Place: $10,000
  • 2nd Place and 3rd Place: Education Abroad Individual Award (valued at up to $3,750) for each team member to be used towards an international learning experience

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. Teams of two to four members are accepted, ideally from different disciplines.

How does it work?

Each team must submit a statement of interest, briefly outlining the problem and their proposed solution. Teams will receive feedback on their statement of interest and have time to further refine their idea before submitting a more detailed proposal in early December. A maximum of 21 teams will be selected to present their proposals during a semifinals competition in February. From there, a maximum of 9 teams will move on to the final UAlberta competition in March.

Where do I start?

  • Research a global problem that you are passionate about. 
  • Consider: why does this problem exist? What are its root causes? What are others doing about it? Where are the gaps? What can you (and your team) uniquely offer?
  • Secure a team of three UAlberta students. Though it is not a requirement, we recommend your team be made up of students from different Faculties/Departments to ensure a diverse knowledge-base.
  • Make use of campus and community resources to help define your problem and refine your solution.
  • Who, on-campus or in the community, is already studying or working on this problem? Connect with them to learn more about their work.
  • Attend WCC workshops! We encourage teams to attend the information session and the workshop put on specifically for WCC participants. The workshop is offered free of charge and will guide your group through a design-thinking process that will ultimately enhance your proposal and presentation. A schedule for the orientation, workshop and other events can be found below. 
  • Review the scoring rubric to see what participating teams will be judged on
  • Draft and submit a statement of interest

What happens if my team is selected?

If you are selected to participate in the semi-finals, you will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation to an expert panel of judges. A 3-5 minute question and answer period will follow. Teams will have an opportunity to practice their presentations in front of WCC organizers before the semi-final round.
 

Timeline & Important Dates

October 21, 2020 – Time TBC
Information Session

November 15, 2020 
Statement of Interest Due

November 25, 2020 - Time TBC
Optional Workshop:  Solution Ideation

January 4, 2021, 11:59 pm (Mountain Time – MST)
Project Proposals Due

January 12, 2021
Notification sent to semi-finalists

January 14, 2021 
- Time TBC
Mandatory Workshop: Good Development Practice

February 9, 2021 – Time TBC
Practice Presentation Session

February 23, 2021 – Time TBC
WCC Semi-Final Presentations

March 16, 2021 – Time TBC
WCC Finals
 

World’s Challenge Challenge Information Session 

University of Alberta International will offer an information session for groups interested in submitting a proposal for the World’s Challenge Challenge. 

Information SessionDate/Time: October 21, 2020
Location: Online (details to be emailed after registration)
Register Here