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Improve Life Challenge

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Summerlee Science Complex, University of Guelph

474-570 Gordon Street

Guelph, ON N1G 1Y2

Improve Life Challenge - do you have what it takes to solve a real world problem?



The Improve Life Challenge is open to all students at the University of Guelph. It's designed to challenge you to develop a solution to an issue of your choice. This immersive 72 hour experience will guide you through the highs, lows, pressure, and fun of developing a solution to a meaningful problem. Join a vibrant supportive community of interdisciplinary mentors and teachers that will provide tools, resources, food and loads of caffeine to help get you through the weekend and solve your problem. 

Why take part?

Build your resume. 

Challenge yourself to make a difference. Within your teams, you will propose sustainable solutions to real world problems. This is an incredible opportunity to gain practical skills and discover your own ingenuity.

Connect with like-minded people.

Not only will you gain valuable experience working in teams, you will also meet and connect with people with similar interests and goals. No need to stop after the competition is over either. If you think your team's idea has potential continue to develop it and work to implement it.

Become a leader. 

This isn’t a course. Each team is required to independently manage their project throughout the weekend and must conquer all of the challenges that arise along the way.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Food: Identify and solve an issue in the food industry
  • Environment: ​Help solve an environmental challenge
  • Social Issues: ​Explore economic, gender, political, and government issues
  • Equity: ​Analyze equity in employment
  • Mental Health: ​Help alleviate issues in mental health 

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