World's Challenge Challenge

2017 WCC finalists

UAlberta WCC finalists, February 3, 2017. 

About the Event

The World’s Challenge Challenge asks student teams of three to develop a five minute presentation on a project or idea that will serve the public good by addressing a critical global issue. The focus can include a wide range of areas, including economy, health, safety, sustainability, and more, but must have a connection to the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Originally founded by Western University, the WCC expanded to a global scale this year in celebration of Canada 150. Semi-finals are being hosted around the world at universities across Canada, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. The ten finalist teams will meet at Western University in London, Ontario on May 29, 2017, to vie for the $30,000 grand prize. Congratulations and good luck to UAlberta’s winning team!

Learn about the winning team. 

UAlberta Winners

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



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
Sandeep Agrawal, Professor and Inaugural Director of the UAlberta Planning Program, Faculty of Science


Douglas Stollery, Chancellor
Renee Elio, Professor, Department of Computing Science and Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Janine Brodie, Distinguished Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Political Economy and Social Governance, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts
Heather McPherson, Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

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