World’s Challenge Challenge
Apply now for the 2018-2019 Competition!
Global Issues such as poverty, food security, public health, inequality and environmental degradation are the product of global relations in which we as global citizens bear some responsibility. The World’s Challenge Challenge (WCC) – a global initiative of Western University encourages young minds from different disciplines to come together to address a global issue, offering solutions to implement in partnership with communities.
The WCC is an opportunity to bring together individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community and to create global citizens who think creatively and critically, about significant issues that affect us all. It starts with one idea, one discussion.
Winning teams from each partner university will be invited to the World’s Challenge Challenge Global Final at Western University in London, Canada to compete for a grand prize of $30,000 to help further develop their proposed solution and support implementation.
A local WCC competition will take place at Dalhousie University to determine which team will represent Dal at the WCC Global Finals held at Western University in June 2019. This website outlines the details of this local competition.
2018-2019 World’s Challenge Challenge – Dalhousie competition timeline
Pre-Application: This competition can be of interest to many students. Some students have great ideas or tremendous passion for a global problem, but don’t have an interdisciplinary team of three. Other students have a team but aren’t completely sure where to start with idea generation. For students who would like some support in these areas we recommend participation in the Sandbox Discover program – a series of workshops held this fall that explore human-centred design as a vehicle for early stage innovation.
Learn more about the Sandbox Discover (Halifax campus) program here: https://shiftkeylabs.ca/sandbox-discover-program/ . A similar program is offered on the Truro campus. Participating students will find themselves well-prepared to participate in WCC.
The WCC can also be an interesting opportunity for existing student start-up teams. Please review the eligibility and team composition details at the bottom of this page to see if your existing team is eligible for the competition.
Step #1 – Online Application Form: Apply to the local Dalhousie Competition. Your application will include a brief synopsis that describes their chosen issue or problem and how you propose to address it.
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Step #2 – Semi-Finals: The semi-finals will be held on February 9, 2019.
At this event, all teams will deliver a 5-7 minute presentation that addresses both the problem you hope to tackle and your propose solution. Presentations will be made to small panels of judges comprised of individuals who support innovation and entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University. In addition to evaluating the substance and delivery of your presentation, our guest judges will be on hand to determine what other programs and resources could be mobilized for teams interested in further developing their idea.
This event will be a ½ day event that takes place on a Saturday morning. The results of the judging will determine which teams move on to the university finals.
Step #3 – Finals:The finals will take place on March 14 @ 7pm. Teams will deliver a polished version of their presentation from the semi-finals to a public audience. A panel of judges will select a winning team.
The winning team will receive $3,000 ($1,000 per team member) and is provided travel and accommodations to compete in the World’s Challenge Challenge Global Finals.
Eligibility and Team Composition