Office of International Affairs

The World’s Challenge Challenge

Do you have an innovative idea that could help solve a global problem?
If so, your team could win $30,000 to start to make it happen! 

McMaster University is pleased to announce participation in The World’s Challenge Challenge. The WCC is a global competition open to all undergraduate and graduate McMaster students. Participants will make a 5 - 7 minute presentation in teams of 3 on a solution to a specific global issue as identified in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (also known as The Global Goals). We encourage your team to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and areas of study. Teams will be advantaged by incorporating multi-disciplinary approaches. To complete an application, teams will need to provide the following:

  • Names of Participants, Contact Information and their home School/Faculty and degrees
  • Identify the Global Issue or Challenge your solution addresses (We encourage student teams to consider the Global Goals as part of their strategic approach.)
  • Describe the global challenge and explain why your group is interested in it, and why it is important to work toward a resolution. (Approximately 300 words).
  • Provide a brief outline of your team's idea/project to address the chosen global challenge. (Approximately 400 to 800 words).

First, second and third placing teams at McMaster will receive $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively. Our winning team will move on to compete against other schools at the International World’s Challenge Challenge held from June 3-8 at Western University in London, Ontario. The winning team of the International round will win $30,000, the second place team will win $15,000, and the 3rd place team will win $7,500. Prizes will be paid out evenly among team members and given with the intention that the prize money will help further develop the proposed solution and support implementation of their idea.

More background on the event can be found here.

Important Dates:

  • McMaster team applications open January 22, 2018
  • Application deadline: February 22, 2018
  • McMaster University presentations: March 22, 2018
  • International round presentations: June 3-8, 2018

To submit your applications (in pdf or doc format), or for more information, please contact hakimt@mcmaster.ca and leegsmp@mcmaster.ca