Think big. Think broad. Think collaboratively.
The World’s Challenge Challenge asks student participants to think big and come up with an idea to make our world a better place. To participate in the Challenge, students form interdisciplinary teams of two to four members, develop and pitch a solution with a global impact that addresses one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
During this 7-week design challenge, student teams from the University at Buffalo will develop solutions that will combat the world’s most pressing problems using the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a lens to their work.
The format for the program allows for the sharing of knowledge through weekly TED Talk style discussion and presentations, integrated with immediate application of the knowledge via a team idea challenge. Finally, the challenge will be supplemented by mentoring and coaching, punctuated by a final pitch presentation.
3rd Place: $500
2nd Place: $1,000
1st Place: $1,500
The winning team will advance on to the virtual global finals hosted by Western University in London, Ontario, where they have a chance to win $30,000CA.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the WCC on Tuesday, April 6th from 3-5pm! Congrats to Sustaina-BULL for taking 1st place and going on to the finals in June.
October 24- World's Challenge Challenge info session:
Come learn all about the World's Challenge Challenge and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
February 8 — video application due (see application below)
April 2 — UB World's Challenge Challenge:
The winner of UB's World's Challenge Challenge will go on to represent the United States at the Global Final competition held at Western University in London Ontario. All travel and expenses will be paid for, but a valid passport is necessary to compete.
June 2-6 — Global Final World's Challenge Challenge:
Eligibility and Team Composition:
The Sustainable Development Mixer is for students that are interested in learning about the World's Challenge Challenge. Staff from International Education, Blackstone LaunchPad and UB Sustainability will present the rules of the competition and go over the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also a chance for students to meet each other and form teams for the competition. Attendance in not mandatory to participate in the contest, but it is strongly encouraged!
We are currently not accepting submissions at this time.
Once you have your team and your idea, the UB planning team requires you to submit a video that is no longer than two minutes. This should be of one or more of your team members explaining the gist of your presentation. Once that is ready, please attach it to the form below with all the necessary information, and then tweet it at us to @UBGreen and @LaunchPad_UB with the hashtag #UBWCC for the world to see.
The planning team will then choose the top teams to go forth and compete at the UB World's Challenge Challenge on April 3. There will be opportunities for student teams to attend trainings to hone their presentation skills in preparation for the April 3 event.
You can book the Video Recording Rooms in the Silverman Library through the online reservation system: https://booking.lib.buffalo.edu.