Solving world hunger and fighting for gender equality were just some of the puzzles students were asked to solve at a recent event.
This was part of The Impact Challenge, a two-day event held on Massey’s Albany campus at the beginning of the mid-year break.
Teams are given the task of creating solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that encapsulate the world’s most pressing and detrimental issues.
There are 17 SDGs, including no more hunger, quality education and gender equality.
Attendee Monique Neal says it was a very immersive two days.
“It was hard coming up with ideas, but the mentors were all super helpful in guiding our train of thought,” she says.
These mentors were industry professionals from companies like Microsoft, who encouraged the teams to come up with modern solutions that incorporated Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality.
Neal’s team had to come up with ways to reduce poverty, deciding to focus on how government corruption contributes to the issue.
“Aid parcels go straight to the government, and they sell them on the black market to try and pay off their debt” she said.
“The people never receive the food or books.”
This led her team to think of more effective ways the western world could help third world countries, ensuring those effected receive the education and resources intended for them.
The Impact Challenge was organised by the e-Centre, Massey’s enterprise and innovation hub.
For more of their programmes and events, check out www.ecentre.org.nz