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The Global Challenge @ Ryerson University
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What is the Global Challenge?


Ryerson University, in partnership with RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Trico Charitable Foundation and The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, presents the Global Challenge at Ryerson University! The Global Challenge seeks to change the conversation in social impact education and innovation. With 24 participating universities spanning 5 continents, the challenge is a chance for undergraduate, graduate students and recent alumni to demonstrate their understanding of social or environmental issues they care about.


Tackling the world’s most pressing problems is no easy task, but understanding the broader context and complexity of an issue can better inform business ventures and long-term solutions, while encouraging mass participation. You will work individually or in teams (of up to three), diving into the ethos of a problem to map the landscape, identify current solutions and missed opportunities. Ultimately you will present your findings locally to Ryerson, with the hope of moving on to additional stages at a national and international level.


This partnership is made possible by the leadership and support of the Ryerson community (Office of Social Innovation, School of Graduate Studeis, University Relations and Ryerson International).  

What's in it for you?


Participation in the Global Challenge at Ryerson University is a perfect opportunity to:


  • Gain local and international recognition, giving you that little extra something to add to your CV.
  • Apply your education and interests to the challenges that our world currently faces today.
  • Learn and practice design thinking skills
  • Network with like-minded and diverse participants
  • Gain exposure to multidisciplinary mentorship, research consultation and design support (for short-listed participants)
  • Gain $100 towards your OneCard (for all shortlisted participants)

The winning team of the challenge will receive a(n):

  • All-expenses paid trip to Calgary to compete in the Canadian National Global Challenge alongside 10 other teams from post-secondary institutions across Canada
  • 1 in 5 chance to compete at the Global Challenge Final in Oxford, UK, along with the chance to win further cash and prizes
  • Opportunity to win additional monetary prizes



Key Dates


(Dec. 20, 2016) Registration Deadline @ 11:59pm
(Feb. 6, 2017) Submission Deadline @ 11:59pm
(Feb. 16, 2017) Ryerson Idea Pitch - Launch Zone @ 5:00pm
(Mar. TBD, 2017) National Idea Pitch - Calgary, AB
(Apr. 30, 2017) Global Idea Pitch - Oxford, UK
Who Can Apply?


  • You can apply for the Global Challenge as an individual or in a team of up to three people.


  • At least on member of your team must be a current student or recent graduate of Ryerson University (i.e. you have completed your studies within 12 months of the date you register for the Challenge).


  • Students maybe at the undergraduate postgraduate or doctoral level.  


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Ryerson University in Partnership with Trico Foundation, RECODE, Said School of Business, University of Oxford