World's Challenge Challenge
An exciting way to connect with emerging global issues
What is the World's Challenge Challenge?
This innovative competition is an exciting way for UCalgary students to engage with other students from around the world to address global challenges from a wide variety of viewpoints. By participating in this program, students will develop their critical thinking skills, global mindset, leadership, research, and presentation skills.
How does this challenge work?
Choose your team: Teams of 2-4 UCalgary students will work together to identify a global problem and pitch a solution. We encourage you to work in groups made up of students with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds so that your pitch is well-rounded.
Choose a global challenge: UCalgary student teams will identify a global problem the world is currently facing. Participants are encouraged to explore issues that affect their own lives or challenges that they feel passionate about.
Apply: Teams will complete an application including basic information about the challenge and proposed solution. This application must be submitted by date January 15, 2021 at noon. You can submit your application though the link provided below.
Workshops: One member of your team is required to attend Intro to Sustainable Development hosted by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation on January 19, 2021 from 3pm - 5pm.
Semi-finals: A maximum of 30 teams will be selected to share their solutions in 3 minutes in front of a panel of judges at the WCC UCalgary Semi-Finals competition on February 10, 2021 on zoom at a time assigned to your team. From there, six teams will be selected to present at the WCC UCalgary Finals competition.
UCalgary Finals: The six shortlisted teams will share 5-7 minute presentations to a panel of judges on March 12, 2021.
Global Finals: The first place winner from UCalgary’s Finals will be sent to the Global Finals Online in June 2021 for the chance to win $30,000!
Who can participate?
The WCC is open to teams of two to four members, ideally from different disciplines or faculties. You must be a current University of Calgary undergraduate or graduate student, full or part-time. In order to be eligible to participate at the Global Final in June 2021, teams must have a minimum of two members present at the online competition and all team members who are virtually present for the Global Final must participate in the competition.
How do I select a topic?
The topic selection for this competition is not limited, and a list of ideas has been put together to get you started. Further, you could reference the UN Sustainable Development Goals to identify some of the greatest challenges facing the world right now.
How will I know what I am doing?
First, we have every confidence in our students to put together amazing pitches! However, if you are in need of some guidance, your team will be paired with a mentor prior to the UCalgary finals. Your mentor will help you to prepare, refine, and improve your presentation in order to ensure that your pitch is polished and professional.
Additionally, we have a list of resources below that we encourage you to access as you prepare your presentations.
I have questions, who can I contact?
If you have questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from our team will respond to you. We are happy to connect via email and zoom.