Help students have a global impact by working with Calgary community partners.

Applications for our winter challenge are now closed.

If you are interested in participating in our Fall 2021 competition, please fill out the survey through the link below. 

Benefits of being a mentor

  • Expand your UCalgary network 

  • Participate in a variety of free training on topics like ideation, cross-cultural communication, and teamwork  

  • Give back to the campus community 

  • Develop and hone your leadership and coaching skills 

  • Work with staff and students from across campus and around the world 

Mentorship commitment and expectations

As a mentor, it is expected that you will: 

  • Attend the mentor training session in January.
  • Meet for a total of 6-8 hours during the time span of the challenge from early February to late March 2021 via zoom
    • We estimate 3-4 meetings at 1.5 hours each
      • 1 initial meeting for introductions and brainstorming 
      • 1 meeting to finalize narrowing down problem scope and ideas for solutions 
      • 1-2 meetings for follow up and finalizing ideas
  • Provide guidance to your student group in narrowing down ideas for their solution
  • Respond to students’ emails within 3 business days 

It is the students’ responsibility to reach out to the mentor for introductions, asking for support via email, and to set up meetings. If students haven’t reached out by February 10th, or in case of any questions or issues, please contact us at

You are also invited, encouraged even, to attend the workshops that are mandatory for your students as well as the first and second rounds of competition. For more details and tentative dates, please see the schedule below.

Support for mentors

Hands supporting a tree

We will be adding you to a D2L site to connect with your group and also to facilitate check-ins with our program coordinators. Bring your questions, concerns, strategies, and anything you want to talk out with our coordinators. More details to come via email.

Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash

Expectations of students

Mentoring students through this challenge will be a very unique experience for all parties involved. It's a good idea to get an understanding of the expectations we have for students in advance to guide your feedback. Check out the Student section of our website to get an understanding of our expectations of students as well as the judging criteria for the actual competition. 

Challenge Timeline

This is the tentative schedule for our winter challenge and is subject to change. 

Jan 27, 2021

Mentor Training with Victoria Hirsche and Kevan Coyle

*This session is for mentors only

Feb 1, 2020

The challenge officially starts!

Workshop #1: Challenge Kick-off and Intercultural Competencies, 11 AM-1 PM MST 

Mandatory real-time attendance for all students

Feb 4, 2021

Workshop #2: Innovating for Impactful Projects, 1 PM - 3 PM MST 

Back up session: Feb 5 from 9 am – 11 am MST 

Zoom link in D2L

Feb 11, 2021

Workshop #3: Building a Strong Team,  3PM - 4PM MST

Back up session: Feb 12 from 9 AM – 10 AM MST 

Zoom link in D2L

Feb 23, 2021

Workshop #4: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, 4 PM - 5 PM MST 

Back up session: Feb 24 from 10 AM – 11 AM MST 

Zoom link in D2L

Mar 3, 2021

Workshop #5:  Intercultural Capacity Building, 3 PM - 4 PM MST 

Zoom link in D2L

Mar 5, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Video Submissions Due

Mar 8, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Presentations

Day 1

Details to come

Mar 9, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Presentations

Day 2

Details to come

Mar 10, 2021

Semi-Final Feedback Round Presentations

Day 3

Details to come

Mar 15, 2021

Work Week!

Finalists are given a week to take feedback from the semi-finals and apply it to their products before the final presentations.

Mar 15, 2021

Workshop #6:  Professional Applications of Challenge Work,10 PM - 11 PM MST  

Back up session: March 17 from 2 PM – 3 PM MST 

Details to come

Mar 23, 2021

Final Video Submissions Due

Mar 25, 2021

Final Presentations