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<h1>RU's 2018 Global Challenge - Your international stage to create social change (#ChallengeAccepted)<h1>
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<h2> What is the Global Challenge? </h2>


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  



<h2> What's in it for you? </h2>


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 society currently faces.
  • Learn and practice design thinking skills
  • Network with like-minded and a diverse group of participants
  • Gain exposure to multidisciplinary mentorship, research consultation and design support (for short-listed participants)



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.

Opportunity to present at the Global Final at in Oxford, UK and win up to £3,000.  

<h2> Who can apply? <h2>


  • 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.


<h2>Timeline<h2>(1) Jan. 08, 2018 - Registration Deadline @ 11:59, (2 )Mar. 26, 2018 - Submission Deadline @11:59pm, (3) Mar. 28, 2018 - Ryerson Idea Pitch, DMZ @ 5pm, (4) May 05, 2018 - National Idea Pitch, Vancouver, BC, (5) Jun. 01, 2018 - International Idea Pitch, Oxford, UK, (6) Jun. 06, 2018 - Winners Announced, Oxford, UK

Global Challenge Coordinator

Jessica Machado
416-979-5000 ext. 3115

Stop by anytime!

11th floor - 1 Dundas St. West
Room YDI - 1125

<h2>What kind of problems?<h2>


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)   

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Internationally known as the ‘Map the System Challenge’, this international competition consists of 27  participating institutions spanning 5 continents. 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).

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