World's Challenge Challenge

Do you have an innovative idea that could help solve a global challenge? If so, you could win up to $2,000 and the chance to present your idea at an international competition!

About the Challenge

UBC’s Global Lounge will host the second World’s Challenge Challenge. This competition invites teams of three students to come up with a unique solution to a global problem.

Members of the winning team will each receive $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Western University in London, Ontario to compete with 50 other schools in the second International World’s Challenge Challenge.

Who can participate?

The World’s Challenge Challenge at UBC is open to teams of three individuals. You must be a current UBC graduate or undergraduate student in good standing. Teams are encouraged to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study. Only teams of 3 will be accepted. Please review the official Terms and Conditions of Entry for full eligibility requirements and contest rules.

The challenge

Teams need to think of a global issue and/or challenge that the world is facing and present their unique solution before a panel of judges. You are encouraged to refer to the UN Sustainable Development Goals page when choosing the global challenge that your team will tackle.

Download the Instructions for participants to learn more about the competition and what to include in the presentation if your team is selected as a finalist.

  • Each member of the winning team will receive $2,000 and a trip to compete in the International World’s Challenge Challenge at Western University. Flight, hotel, and meals will be included.
  • Each member of the 2nd place team will receive $1,000.

How to enter

The deadline to submit your application is Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

  1. Visit the online registration page
  2. Submit information about each member of your team
  3. Submit your team’s responses to the following questions:
    1. What global challenge will your team address?
    2. In approximately 300 words, describe the global challenge and explain why your team is interested in it and why it is important to resolve it.
    3. In approximately 400 to 800 words, provide a brief outline of your team’s unique solution to address the chosen global challenge.

What happens next?

Dec 4 – Jan 11

The Global Lounge reviews each registration form and selects up to six UBC finalists.

Jan 12

Finalists are notified.

Jan 13 - Feb 7 Finalists prepare their 5-7 minute team presentation.
Feb 8

Finalists present their global issue and solution before a panel of judges. A winning team and a second 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 3 - 8 The winning team participates in the International World’s Challenge Challenge at Western University for a chance to win $30,000 ($10,000 per member)! 


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