World's Challenge Challenge

World’s Challenge Challenge

Apply now for the 2018-2019 Competition!

To apply each team must complete the WCC Team Proposal Form and submit it to by 4pm on December 7.

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.

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.

Second, at the top of the page can we add the following:

  • The deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m. December 7, 2018. Applications are submitted via an online form that will be available on this website in early November.
  • Submissions will be evaluated in early December to determine what teams move on to the semi-finals. Successful teams will be notified that they are moving on to the semi-finals by December 17, 2018.

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

  • Full-time and part-time students completing an undergraduate degree program, Masters or PhD, who are registered at participating partner universities may compete in the World’s Challenge Challenge.
  • Teams must be composed of three students, preferably from at least two different disciplines. Applications from teams with more or less participants will not be accepted.
  • Only students from the same institution will be accepted on a team. Cross-institutional representation is not allowed.
  • Teams may not include non-student participants.

For more information, please email You can also find out more about the WCC initiative here: