Global Community Challenge YYC

Student and mentor applications are now closed. We will be running this challenge again next fall. 

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What is the Challenge?

Now more than ever, organizations must demonstrate the ability to pivot and respond to issues and needs as they arise. Our world is facing new challenges as a result of the pandemic and other recent international and local events. The University of Calgary has engaged students and provided them with the opportunity to identify potential solutions for local organizations in the Calgary community that have an impact globally.

Fall 2021 Challenge Winners

This past winter we had 101 students from 14 universities in 21 countries work to solve 14 challenges set by 13 community organizations.

All of the teams came up with great solutions to their community partner's challenges but we had 3 that stood out as our winners. 

  • Viknesh Prakash (Flinders University, Australia)​​
  • Hibiki Nagano (Kansai Gaidai University, Japan)​​
  • Reham Suleiman (Macquarie University, Australia)​
  • Muhumuza Johnson (Mbarara University Of Science And Technology, Uganda)
  • Guramrit (Amrit) Thandi (University of Calgary, Canada) 
  • Jenna Salem (University of Calgary, Canada)

Mentors: Buffy St. Amand (Director, Strategic Projects and Global Initiatives, University of Calgary International)

  • María Guadalupe Sánchez Ibarra (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
  • Rebeca Guevara (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
  • Hagumi Suzuki (Kansai Gaidai University, Japan)​​
  • Matthew Appleby (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
  • Harveen Saini (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Kyara Reynoso (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Emma Di Liberto (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Sapphire Truong (Western Sydney University, Australia)

Mentors: Jose Beleno (PhD Student, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary) ​& Anayancy Solis (Senior Intl Projects Team Lead, Academic and Global Development, University of Calgary International)

  • Daniel Arturo Durán Mejía (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
  • Leo Ortiz (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
  • Charmagne Sumaoang (University of Calgary, Canada)​​
  • Sejal Santosh Chikhale (University of Calgary, Canada)​​

  • Bongisile Nophakela (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

  • Sarah Kedwell (University of Newcastle, Australia)

  • Rebecca Livia Veneziano (University of Trento, Italy)

  • Yogesh Naik (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Mentors: Razieh Eshraghi Samani (PhD Student, Infection Biology and Vaccinology, University of Calgary)

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Past winners

54 students from 17 universities in 14 countries worked to solve 9 challenges set by 6 community partners

  1. First Place: Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (Group #1​)

    Mentor: Aishwarya Khanduja​ (Researcher, Cumming School of Medicine)

    • Celia Sorrentino (Aix-Marseille Université, France)​
    • Chloé Balix (University College Groningen, the Netherlands)​
    • Emily Tetrault (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Jessica Revington (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Rhi McQuone (University of Sheffield, UK)​
    • Samuel López (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)​
  2. Second Place: The Immigrant Education Society (Group#2)

    Mentor: Nancy Olson​ (Agreements and Contracts Specialist, University of Calgary International)

    • Daniel Castillo (University San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador)​
    • Deborah Ola (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Ethan Holden (Oxford Brookes University, UK)​
    • Melissa Thiessen (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Paula Ramirez (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)​
    • Rafael Martin Del Campo De La Mora (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico)​ 
  3. Third Place: Centre for Newcomers Society of Calgary

    Mentors: Buffy St-Amand​ (Director, Strategic Projects and Global Initiatives, University of Calgary International) & Garrett Beatty​ (International Student Advisor, International Student Services)

    • Dariia Korotka (Graz University of Technology, Austria)​
    • Deena Gohar (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Ieesha Lagos Roberts (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Katherine May (University of Sheffield, UK)​
    • Lotte Kallio (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)​
    • Sofía Soria (University San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador)​

In Winter 2021 we had 136 students from 23 universities in 13 countries work to solve 24 challenges set by 17 community organizations.

All of the teams came up with great solutions to their community partner's challenges but we had 3 that stood out as our winners. 

  1. First Place: Loft 112 (Team 19)

    • Harsimronjoot Sidhu (University of Calgary, Canada)  ​
    • Isis Harvey (University of Kent, United Kingdom)  ​
    • Karina Khan (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)  ​
    • Navreet Dhillon (University of Calgary, Canada)  ​
    • Alexa Fernanda Cruz Gómez (University of Guadalajara, Mexico)

    Mentor: Moonkyung Min (PhD Student, Werklund School of Education)

  2. Second Place: Immigrant Services Calgary (Team 15)

    • Faith Moghaddami (University of Calgary, Canada)​​
    • Madelyn Beahan (University of Wollongong, Australia)​​
    • Luke Edgar (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)​​
    • Dionisios Bournias (Flinders University, Australia)​​
    • Anna Bragato (University of Trento, Italy)​​
    • Mayra Uribe (University of Guadalajara, Mexico)

    Mentors: Sarath Kumar Jayaraman (PhD Student, Mathematics and Statistics) & ​Jacob C. Thundathil (Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Education and Internationalization, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  3. Third Place: Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (Team 9)

    • Lauren Baal (University of Auckland, New Zealand)​​
    • Chantal Vogel (University of Calgary, Canada)​​
    • Maria Gabriela Scarano Pereira (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)​

    Mentors: Camille Antioquia (Student Recruitment Assistant, Enrolment Services) ​& Anayancy Solis (Senior Intl Projects Team Lead, Academic and Global Development, University of Calgary International)

This past winter we had 101 students from 14 universities in 21 countries work to solve 14 challenges set by 13 community organizations.

All of the teams came up with great solutions to their community partner's challenges but we had 3 that stood out as our winners. 

  1. First Place: Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (Team 5)

    • Viknesh Prakash (Flinders University, Australia)​​
    • Hibiki Nagano (Kansai Gaidai University, Japan)​​
    • Reham Suleiman (Macquarie University, Australia)​
    • Muhumuza Johnson (Mbarara University Of Science And Technology, Uganda)
    • Guramrit (Amrit) Thandi (University of Calgary, Canada) 
    • Jenna Salem (University of Calgary, Canada)

    Mentors: Buffy St. Amand (Director, Strategic Projects and Global Initiatives, University of Calgary International)

  2. Second Place: Making Changes Employment Association of Alberta (Team 11)

    • María Guadalupe Sánchez Ibarra (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
    • Rebeca Guevara (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
    • Hagumi Suzuki (Kansai Gaidai University, Japan)​​
    • Matthew Appleby (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
    • Harveen Saini (University of Calgary, Canada)
    • Kyara Reynoso (University of Calgary, Canada)
    • Emma Di Liberto (University of Trento, Italy)
    • Sapphire Truong (Western Sydney University, Australia)

    Mentors: Jose Beleno (PhD Student, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary) ​& Anayancy Solis (Senior Intl Projects Team Lead, Academic and Global Development, University of Calgary International)

  3. Third Place: Immigrant Services Calgary​ (Team 9)

    • Daniel Arturo Durán Mejía (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
    • Leo Ortiz (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico)​​
    • Charmagne Sumaoang (University of Calgary, Canada)​​
    • Sejal Santosh Chikhale (University of Calgary, Canada)​​

    • Bongisile Nophakela (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

    • Sarah Kedwell (University of Newcastle, Australia)

    • Rebecca Livia Veneziano (University of Trento, Italy)

    • Yogesh Naik (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

    Mentors: Razieh Eshraghi Samani (PhD Student, Infection Biology and Vaccinology, University of Calgary)