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Registration open for Global Challenge 2017

Global competition encourages students to be active citizens
December 09, 2016

Tackling the world’s most pressing problems is no easy task, but understanding the broader context of an issue can better inform business ventures and long-term solutions. Ryerson University is presenting the Global Challenge 2017, a competition that seeks to change the conversation in social impact education and innovation, enabling students to be active citizens.

With participating universities spanning five continents including 11 post-secondary institutions across Canada, the challenge is a chance for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent alumni to demonstrate their understanding of social or environmental issues.

Students will work individually or in teams of up to three to dive into the ethos of a problem, map the landscape, and identify current solutions and missed opportunities. Ultimately they will present their findings locally at Ryerson, with the hope of moving on to additional stages at the national and international level. The Global Challenge is focused on developing an intensive understanding of the issue in order to create feasible and appropriate solutions.

The challenge offers students the perfect opportunity to apply their education and interests to the challenges that our world currently faces. Students will also be exposed to multi-disciplinary mentorship and research consultation, and network with local and international participants virtually and in person. In addition, every member of each shortlisted team will receive $100 towards their OneCard.

The winner of the Ryerson Global Challenge will be invited to present their work at a Canadian national event, with an opportunity to win cash prizes of up to $10,000 and the chance to attend the Global Challenge Final in Oxford, U.K. on April 30, 2017.

University Relations, Grad Studies, the Office of Social Innovation and Ryerson International are collaborating to engage students in the Global Challenge, which is a partnership with RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Foundation, the Trico Charitable Foundation, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in association with Oxford University.

Registration is open until December 20, 2016. For more information, visit Ryerson’s Global Challenge 2017 site.