The Challenge 2050 Project

There will be 9 billion humans on Earth by the year 2050. How do we live together, feed ourselves, and protect the planet? ONE WORLD attempts to answer these questions by asking college students to take on a global challenge.

On February 16, 2017, six student innovators will share their perspectives with industry leaders and change-makers on the University of Florida campus and around the world via live stream.

Listen in to the global conversation.



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ONE WORLD is like nothing you have ever seen. The Challenge 2050 Project in coordination with HM. Clause is pleased to announce the ONE WORLD 2017 call for innovations! On February 16, 2017, six student (undergraduate or graduate) innovators will have the opportunity to share their perspectives with an exclusive audience of international industry leaders and change-makers at the Harn Museum on the University of Florida campus and around the world via live stream.  These presentations will set the tone for something amazing for our world.  In addition, innovators selected for presentation will win $500, and one overall winner will be selected from the presenters and win $1500.  We are calling for innovations (ideas, technology, or social advancements) aimed at addressing our world’s greatest challenges, such as overcrowding, food security, energy and water management, climate change need to be prioritized now.  

The Solution Six

Six dynamic speakers engage attendees with presentations of their innovations aimed at addressing the complex issues we face as we prepare for 2050. Each presenter earned $500 and had a chance at winning the grand prize of $1500.

The Reality Check

Organizations interested in sharing their work participated in our Reality Check tabling area. This was an amazing opportunity to provide information about the amazing things that each organization is doing and encourage others to join their efforts and impact our world.

Connection Corners

Surrounding the Reality Check were Connection Corners. These are large boards with topics and issues to engage attendees. Our attendees shared their ideas and information on notecards and pinned them to the boards. Everyone who posted a card will be contacted and asked to share their energy and perspectives at Challenge 2050 Project Think Tanks to be held at future dates.

Innovation Stations

When attendees registered for ONE WORLD, they were asked to identify what areas and topics they are passionate about addressing in our world. Innovation Stations (breakout sessions) provided ONE WORLD attendees with the opportunity to connect with others who share these passions. From this, innovations aimed at addressing problems that we face in the world have the potential for development and implementation.

Networking Opportunities

Countless corporate, non-profit, and organizational entities converged at the University Auditorium during ONE WORLD. This created the tremendous potential to explore internships, employment opportunities, or perspectives to create a foundation for your future successes and potential solutions for our world.

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February 16 2017
6:00 p.m.


HARN Museum

Gainesville, FL


Innovative Presentations
Industry leaders & partners
Faculty & Researchers
Community Change-agents
and more!



Event Schedule

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ONE WORLD Schedule 2016

8:30 – 9:30AM – Reality Check/Registration

9:45 – 10:15AM – Welcome

10:15 – 10:25AM – General Presentation IChallenge 2050 Project

10:25 – 11:10 AM – Solution Six Presentations 1-3

11:10 – 11:25AM – General Presentation IIHM.Clause

11:25AM – 12:35PM – Innovation Station & Lunch

12:45 – 1:15PM – Solution Six Presentations 4-6

1:15 – 1:30PM – Innovation Station Outcomes

1:45 – 2:00PM – Winners Announced & Closing Remarks

The Challenge 2050 Project

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The Challenge 2050 Project is different. We address issues that do not have answers. Our world is in a period of rapid globalization and change, with increasing and ever-changing demands placed on agricultural and environmental systems. Accounting for agricultural production, energy consumption, environmental impact, water conservation, and several other variables will be key if we aspire to sustain the health and well-being of more than 9.6 billion people by 2050. To address these problems, we need leaders and complex, adaptive problem-solvers who can think broadly and boldly. However, our current education and professional training systems are focused on specific disciplines, and linear thinking. The current educational paradigm lacks the systems thinking and leadership necessary for addressing the global challenges and complex problems we face.

This is the charge of the Challenge 2050 Project — develop human capacity to meet the needs associated with a population projected to exceed 9.6 billion by the year 2050.

Through an integrated process, which differentiates the University of Florida and Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences from other preeminent institutions, interdisciplinary students, faculty, industry partners, and policy-makers come together to meet the needs of our dynamic societies globally. Through innovative dialogue, initiatives, coursework, research, and advocacy efforts, we create a foundation for addressing our global challenge.

In addition to engaging industry in partnerships with innovative initiatives involving students, the Challenge 2050 Project also provides training and professional development opportunities for building industry leadership capacity across the five systems (economic, environmental, health, food, and social) and social sectors.

LEARN MORE about the Challenge 2050 Project and register for courses within the Global Leadership & Change Certificate.


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HM.Clause specializes in the breeding, production and commercialization of vegetable seed varieties for professional growers. They are holistically dedicated to this effort and maintains their place among the top 5 vegetable seed entities globally. With over 2,000 varieties of more than 20 vegetable crops, HM.Clause provides innovation solutions to growers within over 100 countries through their 14 commercial subsidiaries and local sales networks. The two major brands within HM.Clause are Harris Moran Seed Company and Clause Vegetable Seeds.

HM.Clause is an active and engaged partner for the Challenge 2050 Project. In addition to developing networks with key policy makers, practitioners, and industry leaders, they interact with faculty about course development and strategic programmatic initiatives. These networks lead to collaboration aimed at addressing our global challenges within the context of Agriculture and Natural Resources. They also assist our students in developing professional relationships through Internship and Executive in Residence Programs.

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The New York Times

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The New York Times is known all over the world for unparalleled news coverage, analysis and high-caliber reporting. Each day hundreds of colleges and universities around the globe bring NYT content into the academic setting. The New York Times inEducation capitalizes on the power of this vast array of knowledge, synthesizing it to build opportunities for application in interdisciplinary classrooms at a rapidly expanding group of academic institutions like the University of Florida. This creates the potential for students not only to become aware of world issues, but to engage in the constructive dialogue about them. Their work provides a foundation for the conversations that create awareness and lead to action that can transform our world.

Along with this, they actively promote and advance the work of the Challenge 2050 Project through sponsorship of events like ONE WORLD, the development of curricula for faculty, and forums that bring the diverse populations of our global community together.

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Opportunity Knocking

Apply to showcase your organization in the REALITY CHECK tent, or sign up as a sponsor.

Are you an organization that specializes in conservation, sustainability, creativity, innovation, design, or anything else that can help our world? If so, REALITY CHECK is for you! Contact us about sharing who you are and what you do through this innovative format. There are also opportunities to sponsor the event and become a key player in the landscape that shapes our future as a global community.

Our Sponsors

The awesome people who are making this happen.