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There are 3 ways to participate in the World Affairs Challenge Program, all of which lead to the Global Championship competition.

Registration for WAC Open Competition is October – December

A group of 3-8 people can form a team to join the WAC Open Competition, which begins with the Collaborative Question experience in January. The team will research a problem and outline a S.M.A.R.T. solution that they can implement, and make a pitch presentation of their project to a panel of judges in the preliminary round in late February. The top 20% of the teams registered in the WAC Open will qualify to expand their project & presentation and move on to present at the Global Championship in the spring.

Base pricing for the WAC Open Competition is $150 per team, and each additional team may enroll at a discounted price. Scholarships are available, and WAC staff looks forward to working with interested schools to make the program financially feasible.

Registration for WAC Intramural Competition is October – December

Schools or community organizations can register to host their own WAC competition within a class or across several classes or grades, with a minimum of 5 teams of 3-8 students each. WorldDenver will provide the resources to build a WAC program timeline that fits the school’s schedule. The top 20% of teams from within the intramural WAC competition will qualify to expand their project & presentation and move on to present at the Global Championship in the spring.

Base pricing for a WAC Intramural is $75 per team, with discounts available depending on the structure of your intramural program.

Registration for ARC is open September 1-30

The Africa Regional Competition (ARC) is a preliminary round of the World Affairs Challenge exclusively for high school teams on the African continent. The ARC serves to underscore the importance of Africa on the global sustainability stage, to encourage youth engagement with the UN SDGs, and to highlight innovations among young people in the region. This round takes place between October and December, and the top 20% of ARC teams will qualify to expand their project & presentation and move on to present at the Global Championship in the spring. Learn more about the ARC on the ARC Frequently Asked Questions page. 

The ARC is free of charge for high school teams from the African continent thank to a generous sponsor.

The Global Championship takes place in early April. The top teams from the preliminary rounds (ARC, Intramural WACs, and the WAC Open Competition)  will submit an updated video of their project research & proposed solution for judges to review, and then will meet with judges in a Q&A session. The top 3 middle and high school teams qualify to apply for a mini-grant to support their project implementation, and will be invited to present their project at the WAC Winner’s Showcase in Denver, CO in May.

Base pricing for a WAC Intramural is $75 per team, with discounts available depending on the structure of your intramural program.

Question about participating in WAC? Email us at WAC@worlddenver.org.