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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre


Create solutions to the world's biggest challenges. Represent your College. Be a GAME CHANGER.

Join us for GAME CHANGER; College Challenge, a weeklong innovation challenge exclusively for Durham University students. You'll have the opportunity to represent your College and work as part of a team to develop new ideas that help contribute to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Teams will compete for a share of £1,000 prize money.

The GAME CHANGER; College Challenge has been developed utilising insights from world leaders in design thinking methodology. By taking part, you'll have the chance to:

  • Explore a global problem and understand its impact
  • Generate ideas that contribute one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Create a plan to implement your idea
  • Develop your communication and pitching skills
  • Compete on behalf of your College and win a share of £1,000

What's involved

From Monday to Thursday, you will have a maximum of two hours group contact time with the Careers & Enterprise Team each day to help you through the challenge. Teams can work for as long as they wish to between the group sessions. The grand final on Friday will begin at 1pm, its duration will depend on the number of teams entering.

A schedule for the week is given below:




Monday 15th June

Get Inspired

The challenge will be set. Learn effective ways of exploring problems.

Tuesday 16th June


Techniques for creating and developing new ideas

Wednesday 17th June


How to prototype your product or service to gain further insights

Thursday 18th June


Develop an effective pitch for your idea

Friday 19th June

Grand Final

Compete for a share of £1000!

Register your place

GAME CHANGER: College Challenge will take place online, 15th-19th June.

Sign up via the Student Services Portal. Login details will be provided ahead of the Challenge.

Game Changer