World's Challenge Challenge

WCC Overview

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 2020. This website outlines the details of this local competition.

2019-2020 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.

Participants from WCC 2018-2019 have shared their perspective in this video.

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 the chosen issue or problem and how you propose to address it.  The deadline to apply is 4pm, January 6, 2020.

Step #2 – Semi-Finals: February 2020.  The exact date of the semi-finals will be confirmed soon.  Teams will deliver a 5-7 minute presentation to a public audience that addresses both the problem you hope to tackle and your propose solution.  A panel of judges will evaluate the presentations and determine which teams go on to the Dalhousie Finals.

In advance of the semi-finals, teams are invited to participate in a coaching session (date/time TBD).  At this session, participating teams will deliver a practice presentation.  In addition to evaluating the substance and delivery of your presentation, our coaches will be on hand to determine what other programs and resources could be mobilized for teams interested in further developing their idea.

Step #3 – Finals:  The finals will take place on mid-March. Teams will deliver a polished version of their presentation to another panel of judges who will decide which team will represent Dalhousie University at the Global Finals at Western University in June 2020.

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 2-4 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 initiative here.