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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

$6,000 and a trip to Western University in London Ontario to compete in the finals

2nd place


How to enter

Step 1 - Gather your team

Your team must be made up of 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 Thursday, October 18th from 6 - 8 pm at the Global Lounge to learn more information and help match potential teammates.

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.

Step 4 - Submit your proposal

Applications open: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Application deadline: Sunday, December 16, 2018 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 7, 2019

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

Key dates

Oct 18 Meet Potential Team Mates and Information Session (Global Lounge from 6 - 8pm)
Oct. 20

Registration for the World’s Challenge Challenge opens.

Dec. 16

Deadline for teams to submit their online application for review.

Jan. 11

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

Jan. 11 - Feb 7 Finalists prepare their 5-7 minute team presentation.
Feb. 7

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:

Jun. 2 - 7 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