An opportunity to embody your passion and drive social change!
Unlike your typical, solutions-driven business and pitch competition, The Office of Social Innovation's 2nd annual Global Challenge focuses on deeply understanding the context of a social problem. The Global Challenge is your chance to analyze and demonstrate your understanding of the local, national and international issues that you care about.
No solution? No problem. By working in teams or individually, you will dive into the ethos of a problem, map the landscape, identify opportunities and gaps before presenting your findings and solutions to others; with the hope of moving on to additional stages at a national and international level. Tackling social issues is no easy task, but understanding the broader context and complexity of an issue encourages mass participation, informs business ventures and long-term solutions.
Which social issue will you explore? #ChallengeAccepted
Register by January 22, 2018
Participation in the Global Challenge at Ryerson University is a perfect opportunity to:
The winning team of the challenge will receive a(n):
All-expenses paid trip to Vancouver, BC to compete in the National Map the Systems Challenge alongside teams from post-secondary institutions across Canada.
1 in 5 chance to compete at the International Map the Systems Challenge in Oxford, UK with additional opportunities to win monetary prizes.
Any local or global social issue you are passionate about! If you’re lost for ideas, we recommend taking a look at some of last year’s finalists, discussing topics with friends, family or reaching out to our coordination team.
2017 Ryerson Global Challenge Winners pose with the judging panel. From Left: Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau (OSI and Judge), Dr. Melanie Panitch (Judge), Paula Sahyoun (Student Winner), Anny-Aysel Ineza (Student Winner), Kate McKenzie (Judge), Dr. David Zakus (Judge)
Internationally known as the ‘Map the System Challenge’, this international competition consists of 17 competing institutions. This opportunity was made possible through a dynamic partnership with the McConnell Foundation, the Trico Charitable Foundation and The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship alongside the leadership and support of the Ryerson community (Office of Social Innovation, School of Graduate Studies, University Relations and Ryerson International).
WHO CAN APPLY?