Grand Challenges (GCs) are the big problems facing humanity - things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL) is a new UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India that empowers students to address grand challenges.
Pre-Departure Autumn Course
India: Week 4-10
This course will introduce a range of topics from development theory to Indian culture; the goal is to help prepare you to hit the ground running when you arrive in Bangalore. You will meet with your project group and a UW faculty mentor to develop your knowledge of your GC and its impact on the local communities in Bangalore.
You learn about GCs such as food security, clean water, clean energy, and public health. Local professionals share insights into how communities in Bangalore experience GCs and the approaches that have succeeded and failed in addressing them. You will also learn entrepreneurship skills such as design thinking and lean startup, which can help in designing effective strategies for GCs.
India: Week 1-3
You work in interdisciplinary teams to understand and address a GC. Teams identify a population or community experiencing the GC, define the GC problem facing that population, consider potential solutions, and design a solution to meet the population’s needs. You will be placed in a local organization with experience with that GC, and will work with local mentors and UW faculty members.
University of Washington Team
Application deadline: June 15
Join our virtual info sessions on zoom
Tuesday, May 26 from 12:00pm – 13:00 pm
Thursday, May 28 from 12:00pm – 13:00 pm
Thursday, June 2 from 15:00pm – 16:00pm
Tuesday, June 4 from 13:00pm – 14:00pm
Friday, June 12 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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