Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge: Virtual Fair

Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge: Virtual Fair

Innovators. Entrepreneurs. Global Citizens.

Over the past two years, 57 binational teams, over 83 faculty and more than 1,600 students from the US, Jordan and Iraq have competed in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge since September 2018. Their goal: Remix their community with sustainable business by designing the best sustainable concept to a need within a specific industry. Cohorts have focused on the hospitality industry, the food industry, the arts and entertainment industry and the technology industry.

Teams investigated the impact of problems in their local communities, collaborated globally through virtual exchange, and developed real-life solutions through creation of a sustainable business concept.  

The challenge is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. Learn more about Global Solutions »

Fall 2020 Cohort III Finalists  

During the Fall 2020 Cohort III, 24 binational teams,  51 faculty, and  570 students from the US, Jordan and Iraq competed in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge. Their goal: Create the best business concept to remix their community with sustainable business within the arts and entertainment industry. 

All teams investigated the impact of problems in the arts and entertainment industry in their local communities, collaborated globally, and developed real-life solutions through the creation of sustainable business concepts.  
The top six teams pitched their concept at the  Virtual Global Business Expo.  

First Place:Soran Eagles  

Beaufort County Community College (North Carolina, USA) 

Soran University (KRG, Iraq) 

Solution: an educational book and curriculum to increase awareness for youth on sustainability.

Second Place: planet eARTh 

Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina, USA)   

Sulaimani Polytechnic University (Sulaymaniyah, Iraq) 

Solution: 'planet eARTh', is a mobile app that provides awareness of the impact environmental damage can have on Charlotte and Sulaimani through local artwork.


Third Place: PolyHIlls Team 

Hillsborough Community College (Florida, USA) 

Duhok Polytechnic University (Duhok, Iraq) 

Solution:a sustainable lifestyle brand that recycles used clothing and other materials into clothing and garment options specific to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and homeless people, while supporting their basic needs and employment opportunities.


*Funding for continued development of prototypes from finalist teams is provided by the Stevens Initiative Small Grants.    

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