2021 World's Challenge Challenge Global Final Winning Teams

First Place: Team Fentagone, University of Alberta 

Project Description:

Team FentaGone aims to fill the gaps that currently exist within the harm reduction space, bringing much needed innovation to help tackle the opioid epidemic.  

Our innovation looks to combine a fentanyl-detecting technology within a syringe-like design allowing users to gain feedback on whether the drug in use contains a lethal dosage of Fentanyl. We hope to provide users access to a technology that has the highest sensitivity and specificity for fentanyl, while also addressing the ritualistic nature of drug use, to provide them with life-saving knowledge to help mitigate overdose.  

Team members 

  • Adarsh Badesha
  • Simran Dhillon
  • Ajay Gill

Second Place: Team Banana Fibre Bag, McMaster University 

Project Description:

In Ghana, like many other countries in the Global South, polyethylene bags significantly threaten environmental health and safety by clogging drains, causing fatal flooding, and releasing toxic fumes when burned. The Banana Fibre Bag project by the Yayra-Si Youth Foundation (YSYF) aims to address plastic pollution as well as job insecurity among women and youth in a rural, underserved community in Ghana called Doryumu. These bags will be locally sourced and produced using banana/plantain plant fibres in order to replace current plastic and paper bags. This product will support women and youth residing near the manufacturing site in rural Ghana by providing capacity building, employment, and banana/plantain foodstuffs. 

Team members 

  • Marwah Sadat   
  • Batul Presswala   

Third Place: Team Water Movement, University of Calgary 

Project Description:

Based in Calgary, Water Movement fills a void in an often-fragmented industry and bridges the connection between Indigenous water operators whose work is vital to the health and well-being of countless communities. Through the joint efforts of industry professionals and university students, it provides a collaborative online space where operators can connect, share lessons learned and access training videos that act as educational tools. Water Movement provides the resources to improve, optimize and sustain equipment and processes.  The Water Movement platform is feasible, successful, and 2100 and counting strong in user engagement and community partnership. The platform is key to solving Canada’s Water Crisis. Communities across Canada have shown widespread support and fully endorsed the platform.

Team members 

  • Bita Malekian      
  • Amrita Nag    
  • Kondwani Asefa         
  • Anita Malekian

Congratulations to all participating teams on your presentations!