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Frequently Asked Questions


This challenge is open to all current Humber students, prospective Humber students, and students from global partners worldwide!

If you have applied (or are planning to apply) to Humber for Fall 2020 or Winter 2021, or you are a student from one of our global partner institutions, you are eligible to join the challenge.

Yes! Everyone will apply as an individual and be matched with a team through our selection process.

No, we will be creating teams based on what challenge you choose and your application information to keep the teams fair.

You’ll be paired with Humber faculty and/or staff who have received training for the challenge. They are looking forward to meeting you!


Team: As a team you will create a maximum five-minute presentation on your system gap analysis, following structured guidelines given at the beginning of the challenge. Impress us with your depth of research and learning journey, as well as your ability to see connections, gaps and potential changes that could positively impact your chosen challenge!

Individual: You are also tasked to prepare individual reflections on your challenge experience by answering the following questions:

1. What was it like to complete this systems-thinking project with a globally diverse team in a virtual environment?

2. Which of the Humber Learning Outcomes (HLOs) skills do you feel you strengthened during this experience, and why?

Get creative – you can submit a written, visual, or verbal response (max. 500 words for each written reflection, and four minutes for videos)!

The submission criteria will be shared with each of the teams at the start of the Global Systems Gap Challenge.

Yes, your submissions will be shared through a digital platform and on the Global Systems Gap Challenge website. This is great profile for your professional portfolio!

Video submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes; and written submissions should be no longer than 500 words.

Click here to read the full competition terms and conditions.

No, but all members need to have contributed to the content and design.

Your submission can take the form of a video, presentation, infographic, online gallery, digital flipbook and more! Use your creativity and ensure it is on a common platform for sharing with the Expert Panel.

All participants of the Global Systems Gap Challenge will receive a Certificate of Participation from Humber! In addition, prizes will be awarded to the top three team submissions, judged by our expert panel:

  • 1st Prize: Humber Prize Pack (valued at $500), a personal recommendation for your LinkedIn profile and a feature on the Humber website
  • 2nd Prize: Humber Prize Pack (valued at $300) and a feature on the Humber website
  • 3rd Prize: Humber Prize Pack (valued at $100) and a feature on the Humber website

Industry and community leaders from areas reflected in each of the challenge themes.


Any Humber staff or faculty member can volunteer to be a mentor in the Beyond COVID-19: Global Systems Gap Challenge. For this challenge, you will be assigned with a second Humber mentor, and assigned to a student team. We are especially looking for mentors who have experience working with student teams and guiding learning. Your role is to guide student teams through defined weekly tasks, troubleshoot, and to ensure that groups stay on track. Please ensure that you have the consent of your supervisor/manager to participate.

Yes! All mentors must complete a one-hour virtual training workshop which will run on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 through Microsoft Teams. If you are unable to join the live workshop, you must complete to watching the training prior to the start of the challenge. In addition, you will receive a training guide and resources.

The total time commitment is ten hours per team over the period of the challenge (one hour on Mondays and Fridays), including the one-hour mentor-training workshop in the week prior to the challenge launch. You will decide with your student team the specific times that you will meet.

If you have a preference, please let us know. Keep in mind that this is also an opportunity to meet staff and faculty at Humber with whom you may not yet have a connection – and build networks and friendships.

As a mentor, you will expand your network at Humber, receive skill training on developing a systems thinking mindset, and foster learning between students from across the globe!

The Challenge

At the start of the challenge you will receive guidance from your mentors on how to narrow down your topic. Topics will benefit from the collective lived experiences and interests of your team.

The dates for the challenge are June 15 – July 17, 2020. You can see the full schedule here. Some of the workshops have specific times so make sure to block them off in your calendar. All listed times are in the EDT timezone.

The total challenge should take approximately 45 hours. Your team will decide as a group when to meet and work on the weekly activities.

All workshops will begin at 9:00 EDT. The workshops work best when everyone is live! However, you can participate in the challenge if you have a prior commitment. There will be a recording of each workshop available.

No, this does not count as academic credit at Humber. It is a complement to your academic studies and will help you develop the skills you may use in your courses. However, if you are a Humber student, it may count for work placement hours or recognition through the Co-Curricular Record.

This challenge can count for Work Integrated Learning or Placement hours for eligible Humber students! It is important to check with your Placement Coordinator before registering.

Yes! Humber students who are not satisfying work placement hours through this challenge are eligible to receive Co-Curricular Record (CCR) for this challenge.


You will receive an invitation to Microsoft Teams, a free app for receiving messages and resources from the Global System Gap Challenge leads. However, you can decide which social media platform you'd prefer to use to communicate with your team members and Humber mentors. For the challenge live workshops, you'll be sent a link to attend via Microsoft Teams Live Events.

First check your junk mail and if you cannot find the invitation please contact us here with details so that we can assist you.

As a team, you can decide which digital platform you’re most comfortable with using to communicate. For example, Zoom, WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and more.

Don’t worry! Please contact us here with the names of your teammates and/or mentor(s) so we can assist to connect you.

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered above, please contact us here.