Learn more about an issue you care about and present your findings to the world.

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The Global Challenge is a chance for students and recent graduates to learn more about the issues they care about and present their findings to the world.

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. Participants are asked to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.



Winners of the Global Challenge will receive cash prizes and tickets to the Emerge Conference 2017, and the best submission will win tickets to the Skoll World Forum 2018  (including a subsidy for travel costs). In addition, partner universities may provide their own prizes to finalists, including access to the ‘Apprenticing with a Problem’ funding to to facilitate further research on the chosen topic or other development opportunities.



£2,000 cash prize

Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance



£1,000 cash prize

Tickets to Emerge 2017, including a travel allowance

Participating institutions


 bow-valley-college  byu  ubc
 calgary  cape-town  carleton
concordia de-montfort duke
hec-montreal melbourne memorial
mount-royal new-brunswick kellogg-northwestern
skoll oxford-brookes ryerson-logo
san-diego siva-logo  sichuan-logo
 simon-fraser  sunway  wuhan-institute-logo