The Challenge 2050 Project

There will be 9.725 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 22, 2018, 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. Will you be one of them?


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The Challenge 2050 Project in coordination with HM.Clause, the C. Charles Jackson Foundation, and Orange Theory Fitness is pleased to announce that ONE WORLD 2017 was a major success! On February 16, 2017, six undergraduate and graduate student innovators shared their perspectives with an exclusive audience of international industry leaders, university administration, policy-makers, and student change-makers at the Harn Museum of Art on the University of Florida campus and around the world via live stream.  These presentations set the tone for something amazing for our world.  Marcella Mullholland won the $2000 grand prize for her work with mindfulness in schools.  Click the link above to see the innovator presentations and we look forward to seeing your submission aimed at addressing our world’s greatest challenges for ONE WORLD 2018!

Networking Opportunities

ONE WORLD brings together hand-picked change agents from the corporate, non-profit and academic sectors at an exclusive formal event, creating the tremendous potential to explore internships, employment opportunities, and diverse perspectives.

LEARN MORE about previous years' event - Livestream & Speaker Bios



February 22, 2018
6 - 9 p.m.


Harn Museum of Art
University of Florida
3259 Hull Rd.
Gainesville, FL


Innovative Presentations
Industry Leaders & Partners
Faculty & Researchers
Community Change-agents
Business Professional



Event Schedule

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ONE WORLD Schedule 2017

6:00 PM – 6:10 PM – Call to action

6:20 PM – 6:30 PM – Awards presented

6:30 PM – 6:45 PM – Solution Six Presentations

6:50 PM – 7:00 PM – Awards presented

7:00 PM – 7:15 PM – Solution Six Presentations

7:20 PM – 7:30 PM – Awards presented

7:35 PM – 7:50 PM – Solution Six Presentations

7:50 PM – 8:00 PM – Closing Remarks

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Galleria Reception

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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