World's Challenge Challenge

About the challenge

The World’s Challenge Challenge is a competition hosted by the UBC Global Lounge, which seeks to engage students on international issues and how they can play a part in sparking social change.

Teams of students pitch their solutions to global problems for a chance to win up to $6000. Winners go on to compete in the International World's Challenge Challenge, for a top team prize of $30,000. 

Win prizes

In 2020, to celebrate the Global Lounge’s 10-year anniversary, the prizes include a larger second place prize, as well as a third place prize.

1st place

Each winning member will receive $2000 and the opportunity to take part in the virtual finals at Western University

In 2020, UBC sent both the 2021 and 2020 winning teams to the virtual International World's Challenge Challenge, because the finals were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

2nd place

Each winner receives $1500.

3rd place

Each winner receives $1000.

How to enter

  1. Gather your team
    Your team must be made up of two to three individuals who are current UBC graduate or undergraduate student in good standing. Teams are encouraged to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study.
  2. Pick your Global Challenge
    Choose a Global Challenge or address one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  3. Find your solution
    Brainstorm your creative solution to the global issue you picked.
  4. Submit your proposal
    Make sure to prepare and submit your proposal online by the deadline.

If you're a finalist

You'll need to meet with your group to prepare a 5- to 7-minute presentation to pitch us your solution, before presenting in March.

Key dates

Date Competition information

Nov 20, 2020

Registration for the World’s Challenge Challenge opens

Jan 17, 2021

Deadline for teams to submit their online application for review

Jan 29, 2021

UBC Finalists will be notified by The Global Lounge by this date. Note: Only those proceeding to the next round will be notified.

Jan 29 - Mar 4, 2021

Finalists prepare their 5-7 minute team presentation

Mar 4, 2020

Finalists present their global issue and solution before a panel of judges. A winning team, a second place, and a third place team will be selected and announced at an evening event on this date, which all finalists are expected to attend.

Each presentation will be judged out of 100 points using the World's Challenge Challenge Scoring Rubric.

June 6 - 11, 2021

The winning team participates in the virtual International World’s Challenge Challenge at Western University for a chance to win $30,000 ($10,000 per member)! 

Resources and documents

Past student blog posts

If you have questions