World’s Challenge Challenge deadline nears

Western students are being asked to answer the challenge yet again.

Sponsored by Western International, the second annual World’s Challenge Challenge brings together teams of three students to choose a problem that the world is facing, and present and innovative solution to a panel of judges. Each member of the winning team will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used on an international learning opportunity-broadening their international experience.

The Challenge is open to all Western students. Applications are due Oct. 10, and can be submitted at the World’s Challenge Challenge website. The semi-finals will be hosted Nov. 4. The finals, judged by a panel of Western academic and community leaders, will be held Nov. 11.

The idea for the World’s Challenge Challenge stems from a speech by Western President Amit Chakma in 2010 at the University of Waterloo: “If you embrace a global vision, your talents and creative minds hold the potential and the power to solve (enormous world challenges) and improve the human condition right across our global village.”

The winning team from the 2013 World’s Challenge Challenge developed a safe solution to heating and cooking in developing nations using solar energy and converting discarded satellite dishes.