Western University has held the World’s Challenge Challenge for Western students over the past three years during our campus International Week, held each November. More than 30 teams compete annually by presenting their unique ideas to a panel of academic and community leaders.The competition helps students develop their academic, oral presentation, and entrepreneurial skills, all while encouraging them to take action on global issues and challenges.
Now we want to pool the talents and creativity of bright students from around the world – across a wide range of institutions, cultures and continents – to create even greater potential solutions to significant global issues. Winning teams from each World's Challenge Challenge partner institutions will be invited to present their solution at the Global Final at Western University, in May 2017, for a chance to win $30,000 (CAD). A second prize of $15,000 will also be available.
Our timing for this global initiative couldn’t be better. In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary of Confederation – the formation of this large, proud and diverse nation. What better way to celebrate this milestone, than by looking ahead to future solutions from a new generation of global leaders?
Students submit applications with a synopsis of their chosen issue or problem, and how their ideas will contribute to addressing it. Once all applications are reviewed to ensure they meet entry qualifications, students are given several weeks to prepare a 5-7 minute presentation to sell their solution. A first round of presentations selects semi-finalist teams who will move on to the final presentation round at their own institution. The competitions will take place at partner universities from October 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017.