World Affairs Challenge 2017

March 4, 2017 - Middle School
March 11, 2017 - High School

Hosted by: 
Regis University

Registration in Claver Hall on the Regis University Campus from 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM on the day of event.

Event Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Students, Teachers and Judges please arrive at Regis University by 7:30 AM for sign-in. We ask that teams, volunteers and judges commit to staying with us for the entire day. 

Directions: Claver Hall, NW corner of Regis University, 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver, CO 80221.  Detailed directions are here!  Look for Claver Hall just west of 52nd and Lowell.  Free parking is available across campus on weekends, but we suggest you first try Lot 4, between Lowell Boulevard and Claver Hall. If Lot 4 is full, proceed to Lot 3. 


The 3-Year Smart Village/ Smart City/ Smart Planet Theme

We are excited to move on to year two of our three-year theme continuum, focusing the 2017 WAC theme on the Global Smart City. Plan now to integrate student curriculum and WAC events through 2018!             

Billions of people on the planet struggle to meet basic needs.  Billions more live beyond Earth’s carrying capacity. From 2016 to 2018 WAC will address this chasm that separates at-risk and in-excess populations. These communities can learn from and instruct each other so that together, we can live better and sustain our planet for future generations.

A proactive approach to development for tomorrow links these two realities. WAC means to cultivate among middle and high school students from North American and many collaborating countries the potential for our youth to incubate, demonstrate, and educate lasting solutions that are equitable, ecological, economically sound and smart!  

The WAC theme for 2016 was The Smart Village. Students examined how remote, often off-grid, communities are integrating the basic necessities of life – water, agriculture, energy, sanitation, health, and education – to enhance the lives of some two billion inhabitants of the Earth. The 2017 theme is Smart City. Students will investigate the inventive, efficient, and connected grids by which modern cities are integrating energy, transportation, communication, education and other vital services. In planning for 2018 – the most challenging theme of all – students will collaborate internationally to discern how best to link the lessons learned of Smart Village and Smart City to craft a Smart Planet!  

WAC will facilitate visits to the Posner Center for International Development  and leading corporations and educators who are immersed in this sustaining work.  These are tomorrow’s jobs.  Our WAC students are tomorrow’s leaders.  Join us in this collaboration!  Register today.  Invite other schools and international partners to register, too!