University at Buffalo World’s Challenge Challenge Recap 2019

University at Buffalo World’s Challenge Challenge Recap 2019

October 7, 2019 3 By Stanley Isaacs


Caitlin- “The World’s Challenge Challenge, in a
nutshell, is students thinking about how to save the world, and these are all
based around the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.” Abdulrahman: “Our product is an
insect based food intended to alleviate our dependence on beef.” Anish- “So we use
mealworms, which are beetle larvae. The idea was to transform the sustainable
source of protein into something very tasty
and something that could be associated with good times- burgers!” Caitlin- “I think UB has a goal to have every student become a global citizen and this
is exactly what this competition does. It brings students together from different
academic backgrounds, from different cultural backgrounds and they’re
learning from each other. Olivia- “Abdul is from Egypt. He’s lived in California. Anish is from India and I’m from Long Island so we really are a diverse group, I mean
even I think if you were to look at me you wouldn’t think I’d be someone that
was like eat a worm burger.” Ryan- “Well welcome to the World’s Challenge Challenge.” Abdul- “Being
able to stand in front of judges and telling them, ‘hey the math works,
we’ve done some calculations as to how much carbon we can reduce.” Caitlin- “and it was
so impactful to actually have that product taste it and know it tasted good.” Olivia- “It was really rewarding to hear that we had won because we had all came together
just for the World’s Challenge Challenge.” Caitlin- “After winning UB’s semifinals, the team
went on to Western University’s World’s Challenge Challenge Global Finals.” Anish- “There
were 20 teams from from all over the world who traveled so far with their
ideas. Every idea was just as novel, just as innovative, so it was very humbling to
see us winning the bronze award.” Caitlin- “They’re hoping to enter in a couple of local
food competitions using that prize money and later on I believe their big dream
is to open up a food truck.” Abdul-“If we can make it bigger and reach like a bigger
consumer audience yeah why not.”