World's Challenge Challenge

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 $6000 and to go on to compete in the International World's Challenge Challenge, for a top team prize of $30,000.

Win prizes

1st place

Each winning member will receive $2000 and a trip to Western University in London Ontario to compete in the finals

2nd place

$1000 for each winner

How to enter

Step 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.

Looking for a team? 

Attend our session on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm at the Global Lounge to learn more information and help match potential teammates.

Attend a session

Step 2 - Pick your Global Challenge

Pick a Global Challenge or address one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Step 3 - Find your solution

Brainstorm your creative solution to the global issue you picked.

Sample application

Step 4 - Submit your proposal

Applications open: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Application deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Make sure to prepare and submit your proposal by the deadline.

Submit your solution

If you're a finalist

Present your solution: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Meet with your group to prepare a 5 to 7 minute presentation to pitch us your solution.

Key dates

Oct. 20, 2019 Registration for the World’s Challenge Challenge opens.
Oct. 29, 2019 Meet Potential Team Mates and Information Session (Global Lounge from 6 - 8 pm)

Dec. 15, 2019

Deadline for teams to submit their online application for review.

Jan. 10, 2020

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

Jan. 10 - Feb. 5, 2020 Finalists prepare their 5-7 minute team presentation.
Feb. 6, 2020

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 8 - 12, 2020 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)! 

If you have questions