World's Challenge Challenge

World's Challenge Challenge

Congratulations to our winning team who will travel to Western University at the end of May to compete in the International World’s Challenge Challenge!

First Place

Food Sustainability-Vertical Farming

Ty Hartwig - Faculty of Engineering
Rohinseh Ram - Faculty of Engineering
Kris Buote - Faculty of Engineering

Runner Up

Female Genital Mutilation

Reva Cheema - Faculty of Arts
Amina Salad - Alberta School of Business
Shivangi Sharma - Faculty of Engineering

Reels on Wheels

Bashir Mohamed - Faculty of Arts
Nina Plummer - Faculty of Arts
Evan MacDonald - Faculty of Arts

Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative

Tyler Sieben - Faculty of Engineering
Josh Padgett - Faculty of Engineering
Joel Conn - Faculty of Engineering

Children in Need

Ramon Rosales - Faculty of Engineering
Diana Abdulhameed - Faculty of Engineering
Onyekachi Ndubuaku - Faculty of Engineering

What the Hookah?! The Brink of Change for Tobacco Use

Cerina (Jae Young) Lee - School of Public Health
Kirill Lissovskiy - School of Public Health
Igor Zoric - School of Public Health

Aiding the Process of Using On-Campus Health Services

Michelle Kim - Faculty of Science
Dillon Lee - Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hylie Lee - Faculty of Nursing

Cascadia Disaster Initiative

Louis Moc - Faculty of Engineering
Rachel Kortbeek - Faculty of Science
Gunkar Singh - Faculty of Engineering

Combating a Global Epidemic: Improving Access to Diabetes Knowledge

Victor Do - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Sarah Kent - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
David Antle - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

About the Event

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, University of Alberta students have been invited to participate in the 2017 World’s Challenge Challenge. Teams of 3 students will present their innovative solutions to global issues in 5-minute presentations. The top team will win a trip to the international competition at Western University where it  will have a chance to win $30,000.

Students from UAlberta formed diverse teams of three and focused on a global problem that the world is currently facing.

In January 2017, the 20 semi-finalists presented to a judging panel of UAlberta experts: Bukola Salami, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing;  Ruth Wolfe, Practicum Program Director and Capstone Course Coordinator,  School of Public Health;  Abraam Isaac, Chief Resident, Faculty of Medicine and Executive Director of ICChange;  Marty Luckert, Professor, Faculty of ALES; Mary Beckie, Associate professor and acting director of Community Engagement Studies, Faculty of Extension;  Linda Reif, Professor, Faculty of Law; Lynette Shultz, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education; and Sandeep Agrawal, Professor and Inaugural Director of the UAlberta Planning Program, Faculty of Science

Three teams were selected and presented at the WCC Finals in January, to a panel of judges chaired by Chancellor Doug Stollery.

Meet the winning UAlberta WCC Team!


UAlberta Competition

First Place Prize – Each member of the winning team of the UAlberta World’s Challenge Challenge will receive an Education Abroad Individual Award (valued at up to $3,750) towards an international learning experience, plus an a trip to Western University (including airfare, hotel, and meals) to participate in the international competition.

Second Place Prize – Each member of the second place team of the UAlberta World’s Challenge Challenge will receive an Education Abroad Individual Award (valued at up to $3,750) which can be used towards an international nearing experience.

International Competition

First Place Prize
– First place winners of the international competition will receive $30,000 CDN.

Second Place Prize – Second place winners will receive $15,000 CDN.

How does it work?

Students will form diverse teams of three and think of a global problem the world is currently facing. The team of three will then present their solutions to a panel of judges. A maximum of 21 teams will be selected to present during a semifinals competition. From there, nine teams will be selected to present at the final UAlberta competition during International Week.

Past Competition Winners

Timeline & Important Dates

January 13, 2017

Notification sent to semi-finalists.

January 19, 2017
Powerpoint Submitted

January 13-23, 2017
Practice and refine your presentation

January 23, 2017
First Round of Presentations

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (time may change based on applicant numbers)
Location: Tory B-113 | Tory B-117 | Tory B-121

February 3, 2017 - Finals
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: ECHA L1-490

Need More Information?

Please contact University of Alberta International at

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