Concordia University has been invited to the Western University’s World’s Challenge Challenge where teams of students pick one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and propose a solution.
The World's Challenge Challenge (WCC) strives to bring together individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community: to create global citizens who think creatively, and critically, about significant issues that affect us all. It starts with one idea, one discussion.
Application Deadline: November 5, 2021 at 12pm (EST)
The WCC Global Finals to be held at Western University is open to teams of two to four members, ideally from different disciplines or faculties. Teams are encouraged to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study.
Initially, there will be an internal WCC competition at Concordia University. The winners will represent Concordia at the WCC Finals that will take place at Western University in June 2022. The WCC is an exciting way to engage in discussion and debate about world issues related to the SDGs, and to bring ideas from many different perspectives to the table.
For Concordia’s internal competition, the WCC is open to Concordia teams of two to six members, ideally from different disciplines or faculties. We encourage your team to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study. The first-place winner from the WCC Concordia’s internal competition will be sent to the Global Finals at Western University in June 2022 for the chance to win $30,000!
To be eligible to participate in the Concordia internal competition you must meet the following criteria:
You must be registered as a full-time Concordia University student.
Engineering students interested in participating should preferably be enrolled in the ENGR 490 course.
All other students from the pre-selected teams will need to register for winter/2022 session of LOYC 420. As part of these courses, the selected teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges at the WCC Concordia internal competition on April, 2022 (exact date TBD).
Students are encouraged to identify issues that affect people’s lives and that are related to a subject they are passionate about. Faculty members at Concordia University have suggested challenges that you can find below. Alternatively, you can check some of the most pressing global issues to get inspired.
Concordia's Internal Competition
1. Students become part of a Concordia team: Concordia’s WCC internal competition is open to teams of two to six students, ideally from different disciplines or faculties. To be an eligible team member, you must be a current Concordia University student, full or part-time by May 2022.
2. Student teams apply: Teams submit an application (found below) with basic information about the challenge and a solution that they would like to develop by November 5th 2021 at 12 p.m. (EST).
3. Selection of proposals: A committee will select proposals, which will be announced on November 19th, 2021. See selection rubric here.
4. Elective course registration: Students who are in engineering should preferably be registered for ENGR 490 (in Fall 2021). All other students from the pre-selected teams will register for winter/2022 session of the LOYC 420, which will help them develop their idea and prepare for the semi-final's competition. Please register for this class as soon as possible to secure a spot.
Note: If some or all of your team members have trouble registering for or are unable to register for LOYC 420 or ENGR 490, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
5. Mentorship: Each of selected teams will be paired with a mentor. The teams will work with their mentors to further develop their proposal and prepare for the competition.
6. Concordia's WCC Final Competition: As part of the LOYC 420 and ENGR 490, the selected teams present their solutions to a panel of judges at the Concordia WCC Final Competition in April 2022 (exact date TBD). Teams that have been selected will make a 5–7-minute presentation on their proposed solution, followed by a brief Q&A session. You can find tips on how to sucessfully pitch our idea here.
7. Global Finals: The first-place winner from the Concordia WCC Final Competition will be sent to the Global Finals at Western University in June 2022 for the chance to win $30,000 (1st place), $15,000 (2nd place) or $7,500 (3rd place)! Concordia University will cover the travel expenses. To be eligible to participate at the Global Final in June 2022, teams must have a minimum of two members and a maximum of four present in person at the Global Final competition.
Note: You can have up to six members for the internal competition, however, only up to four students can compete at Western.
1. A key challenge is to make transportation sustainable and inclusive. How can we disrupt the growing automobile dependence in the megacities of the global South? Could something like car pooling be a solution?
SDG 11: To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
2. 1 in 3 people in the world lack access to clean water (WHO, 2021), including many First Nations communities. How can we improve water management and treatment in benefit of the underprivileged?
SDG6: Clean water and sanitation
3. 940 million (13% of the world) do not have access to electricity and 3 billion people (40% of the world) do not have access to clean fuels for cooking (Our World in Data, 2021). Would it be possible to come up with solutions for local green energy production?
SDG 7: Affordable & clean energy
4. “In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 821 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition” (Food Aid Foundation, 2021). Can we come up with solutions SDG 2: Zero hunger to reduce food waste or to better connect small farmers with needy consumers?
SDG 2: Zero hunger
5. Plastic and e-waste are one of the main environmental challenges of our time. It is estimated that 60% of the plastic produced ends up in the ecosystem (LRS, 2021). Can we find ways to reduce the use of plastic in basic human activity, such as picking-up pet waste in urban areas?