SDG IMPACT CHALLENGE -- MARCH 2021
Overview and Details of 2021 Conference
THE SDG Impact Challenge was a solution hackathon which took place virtually on March 20 and 21, 2021 and was organized by Impact Alliance - University of Waterloo's SDG Student Hub in partnership with Global Spark.
This initiative was led by Maria Fraser-Semenoff, Impact Alliance's Solutions Officer.
Three partner organizations (the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, Food4Kids Waterloo Region, and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy) provided problem questions each targeting different United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable Development Goals advanced:
Working in teams of 4, students had 24 hours to develop a solution that could be implemented in the community, to address one of the problem questions.
This event allowed participating students, from different faculties and backgrounds, to hear from passionate speakers, connect with each other and share ideas and past experiences. They also got to learn about and engage with the SDGs and with the three local partner organizations.
In addition, the participants got to develop a number of skills including teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking research and development and communications skills. These transferable skills can be useful for implementing community projects.
Winners and Solutions
Many great solutions were developed during the Challenge. Winning teams were offered the opportunity and support to implement their solutions. This taste of social impact work would further social, environmental and economical sustainability in the Waterloo community by taking and idea and implementing it as a solution.
Prizes and Accolades
To see the final submissions we received, check out this Google Folder. We gave $900 CAD worth of prizes to the winners (click on team to learn more about their solution).
Interested in learning more about the SDG Impact Challenge? Check out our Event Page that has details such as the Agenda, Speakers, Problem Questions, Prizes, and Judging Criteria.