Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Do you have a unique idea that can help solve an important global issue?

Propose your solution to one of the United Nation's 17 Global Goals for a chance to win $30,000!

Queen’s University is pleased to announce its participation for the third time in the World’s Challenge Challenge (WCC) hosted by Western University. The WCC is an exciting opportunity for students to engage in discussion and debate around some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Drawing on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, student teams must identify a global issue that they hope to address and develop a realistic plan for implementation. Students from partnering universities across the world first compete at their own institution for a chance to move on to Global Finals at Western University from June 8-11, 2020. The winning team that moves on to the Global Finals has the potential to win between $7,500-$30,000 to further develop and support the implementation of their idea.

Who can participate?

WCC Queen’s Regional Pitch Competition is open to student teams of two to four individuals. Each team member must be a current Queen’s graduate or undergraduate (full-time and part-time) student in any discipline. Teams are encouraged to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study.
*Teams with a multi-disciplinary approach will have an advantage in the application process.

For more information, please see the WCC 2020 Instructions for Participants

Prizes

The winning team for the WCC Queen’s Regional Pitch Competition will receive a full-paid trip to compete in the International World’s Challenge Challenge at Western University including travel, hotel and meals. The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre will also provide the winning team with a trip to Boston, MA to attend the MassChallenge (http://boston.masschallenge.org/).

The second and third place teams will receive one full year membership to SparQ Studios Makerspace on Queen’s campus.

Apply NOW!

To complete an application, teams will need to do the following:

  1. Create a team of 2-4 with diverse skill sets and backgrounds
  2. Choose a global issue you would like to focus on from the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Brainstorm and identify your solution to the global issue you have chosen. 
  4. Fill out the online application

Please refer to this WCC Example Proposal and Scoring Rubric to help you with your application. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact Joanna Tinus (joanna.tinus@queensu.ca) or another member of the DDQIC team (innovation.centre@queensu.ca).

Key Dates

Feb 26

Deadline for teams to submit their online application
for review.

Feb 28 Queen's finalists will be chosen and notified.
Mar 1-5 Finalists prepare their 5-7 minute team presentation.
Mar 5 Finalists present their global issue and solution to a panel of 
judges. A winning team, second place team, and third place team will be selected and announced at the event.
 
June 8-11 The winning team participates in the International World's Challenge Challenge at Western University for a chance to win $30,000 ($10,000 per team member)!