The Oxford Global Challenge is a unique competition focused on understanding social problems before trying to solve them. SFU is participating in the 2017 Global Challenge along with other top schools from around the world.
On February 17, 2017, shortlisted teams from the SFU round of the Global Challenge delivered their presentations for a panel of judges at the RADIUS Hub. Of the teams that presented, one winner and two runners up were selected. The winning team, in addition to receiving a $1000 cash prize, will be travelling to Calgary on the weekend of March 24, 2017 to pitch in the Canadian final of the Global Challenge. Each of the runners up were awarded a $500 prize. Read about the winning team and runners up below:

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WINNER | HealthShare

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Team Members
Alec Yu, Iman Baharmand, Kimberly Venn
Description
“Our team is investigating current problems, solutions, and gaps within solid waste management in Vancouver hospitals. We highlight the interplay between hospital practices, government/health authority policy, and private companies. Inspired by our own experiences in Vancouver hospitals, we saw an opportunity to combine our abilities as social entrepreneurs and aspiring physicians in tackling a comprehensive topic. By providing a thorough analysis of diverse stakeholders in this issue, we are driven to illustrate actionable gaps that improve patient care nationwide.”
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RUNNER UP | On Assistance, Can Work: Employment and Income Generation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

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Team Members
Kim Mackenzie, Anna Migicovsky
Description
“Our team has worked on this issue (employment, income generation and income assistance in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside) in various capacities in the Downtown Eastside community and are passionate about innovative solutions to poverty and unemployment. Anna brings her experience running an employment program in the neighborhood, and Kim brings her policy and research knowledge to create a community-academic partnership. This research draws on many ideas that have come out of the LEDlab, both from our own work with the lab and that of others.” All of the graphics for this project were created by Andrea Robertson of Hypsypops Design Co.
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RUNNER UP | REACH

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Team Members
Khayla Almonte-Davila, Katie Mai, Fehintola Okunubi
Description
“Post migration trauma is a commonly under-looked but important risk factor of poor refugee mental health. With Canada receiving such a large influx of refugees, we found it important to understand the resettlement process to learn how to support the refugees’ journey to Canada.” SFU International provided an additional $500 prize to the REACH team for their work on refugee related issues.
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The Global Challenge at SFU is delivered in partnership with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at The University of Oxford, RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation the Trico Charitable Foundation and SFU Student Engagement and Retention.

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