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Are You Driven to Change the World?

Through this program, you will develop the skills and global networks you need!

March 2023 Bootcamp

McGill University Faculty of Science



McGill University Faculty of Science is pleased to be offering the opportunity for a cohort of students to attend the multi-institutional, fully virtual, interactive team-based and intensive ‘Bootcamp’ program. Applications are welcome from all undergraduate and graduate students.

Thanks to the generous support of McGill University Faculty of Science, How to Change the World is offered at no cost to students.

This is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional project-based bootcamp focused on positively impacting the complex sustainability challenges faced by communities around the world.

The bootcamp is delivered in a fully-virtual environment.

Bootcamp Interactive Live Workshops:


Time Commitment

This is an intensive, team-based experiential learning bootcamp. We ask all participants to commit to full participation for the dates of the bootcamp to ensure the best experience for everyone. The bootcamp commitment is spread across the week, including both live synchronous workshops and asynchronous team work. This entails 3.5 hours of synchronous workshops along with 2+ hours of asynchronous work each day.

Application Deadline: Friday 24 February

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday 24 February. Those who apply after all spots have been filled will be added to the waitlist.

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What is How to Change the World?



During our weeklong, fully-virtual Bootcamps, students from across disciplines and higher education institutions work together in small teams and larger cohorts to collaboratively tackle a Challenge based on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in either a local or international community. All our bootcamps are based on the highly acclaimed How to Change the World course at University College London (UCL), which runs annually for over 1000 students!

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"The hands-on experience of tackling a problem and designing a solution was amazing. It was just like a trailer to the entrepreneurial journey.”

Engineering Masters Student, University of Waterloo

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Your Experience

In collaboration with other students, educators and experts, your team will engage with local leaders and stakeholders to co-develop innovative ideas that can have real impact on the sustainability challenges their community is facing

Work with Diverse Colleagues

You will meet and work in a team with exceptional colleagues from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds and cultures.

Be Guided by Global Experts

Your team will be guided by a diverse array of world-class educators, and mentored by a global network of leading experts.

Develop Skills for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

From human-centered design to digital collaboration you will develop the mindset, skills and ability to thrive in a dynamic world.

Tackle Real-world Challenges

Your team will explore and tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with real local stakeholders.

Hear What our Participants and Experts Say...

“I found perseverance, knowing when to pivot an idea, and when to abandon and fail forward, were essential skills for this program. Being able to apply these skills regarding a real-world situation was incredibly valuable, and I will be able to take this experience and aim towards any business opportunities in the future.”

Business Technology Management student, University of Calgary

Global Community

When you complete our program, you gain lifelong access to our global community! Our rapidly growing network of alumni, experts and higher education partners provide a dynamic environment for continuous learning, collaboration and professional development.

Grow Professionally

From guided learning experiences to mentorship from experienced colleagues, to peer-to-peer learning opportunities - we work with our community members to foster a culture of continuous learning.

Discover Opportunities

Our growing community helps you discover new ways to take your ideas forward and have the impact you want - from finding a new job to discovering partners that can help you build your new venture.

Find Partners

Meet diverse colleagues from around the word, engage in conversations to share your experience and knowledge, and collaborate with new teammates to make lasting impact.

Some of our partners for previous reading week Bootcamps: