The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

We believe in the power of human beings to change the world for the better. Aware, connected, creative human beings make innovative and inspired decisions. We cultivate the capacity for adaptive leadership and social responsibility in the next generation of global change-makers.

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  • Are you ready for the CHALLENGE?

    Find out more about our unique program, designed for students who want to change the world.
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  • Challenge 2050 Wins Big!

    The Association of Leadership Educators named the Challenge 2050 Project National Program of the Year during their annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Our program was evaluated based on program design, program impact (individual, organizational and community), sustainability of the program and overall excellence. We are so thankful that ALE recognizes and upholds our mission for providing students with opportunities to positively impact our world. Thank you to ALE, our students, faculty and the University of Florida for believing in our mission!
  • We're going to Braśil.

    Challenge 2050 students in coordination with industry professionals, policy makers, and students from the University of São Paulo, West Virginia University and UC Davis will spend two weeks addressing complex problems with University of Florida students in one of the most fascinating cities on Earth, São Paulo, Braśil.
  • We're going global.

    The Challenge 2050 Project announces an incredible two week adventure for Summer 2019, UF in Zanzibar.  Students will work with the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health, the University of Dar Es Salaam, and the United Nations Development Program to address global health, small scale agricultural production and community development projects.  This will serve as the sister study abroad program to UF in São Paulo, where students learn about overpopulation and natural resources in the 5th most populated and one of the most fascinating cities on Earth, São Paolo, Braśil.
  • ONE WORLD 2018

    The Challenge 2050 Project in coordination with HM.Clause and the C. Charles Jackson Foundation is pleased to announce the ONE WORLD 2018 call for innovations!  On February 22, 2018, six student (undergraduate or graduate) innovators will have the opportunity to share their innovations and ideas to sustain our planet beyond 2050 with an exclusive audience of international industry leaders, policy makers, and change agents at the Harn Museum on the University of Florida campus and around the world via live stream. 


We Are

We believe in the power of human beings to change the world for the better. Aware, connected, creative human beings make innovative and inspired decisions. We cultivate the capacity for adaptive leadership and social responsibility in the next generation of global change-makers.

Innovative Coursework

We bring together passionate, exceptional students from all walks of life and challenge them with coursework and projects that push the boundaries of higher education.

Innovative Methods

Instead of simply lecturing and assigning reading, we ask our students to take ownership over their own learning, by providing high-quality experiences and deep interpersonal reflection and discussion.

Authentic Audience

As much as possible, we put our students and their ideas in front of industry professionals and experts in the field. This creates real dialogue on real issues, and also connects our students to incredible career opportunities.

Authentic Challenge

Our students confront real problems and situations, both in class and out of class. Class projects are meant to be useful and applicable as real-world solutions, so that not a single ounce of students’ effort is wasted on simply getting a grade.


Students who complete our program exhibit high levels of agency, self-awareness, intercultural competence, and resiliency. They develop capacities in effective communication, systems-thinking, and collaboration. In short, they become exceptional adaptive leaders, informed about the world, and ready to change it for the better.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

  • What Makes Our Program Unique
  • Executives-In-Residence

    We bring industry CEOs to campus to connect with and advise our students.

  • Think Tanks

    Experts on global issues involving everything from climate change to agricultural water use convene with our faculty, students and industry partners to develop innovative solutions.

  • Large-scale Events

    We create opportunities for our students to present their innovations and research to the public and the world. This is everyone’s challenge, and it’s going to take all of us.

  • Undergraduate Research

    As a Research I institution, UF brings together top researchers in every field. Our students have the unique opportunity to work with global experts on their issues of interest as undergraduates.

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Corporate Partners Visit UF

February 15, 2015
Representatives from Limagrain and HM.Clause came to the University of Florida to engage with students about the Challenge 2050 Project and implications for the work that they will be doing. Together the students and industry professionals engaged in a Think Tank designed by Challenge 2050 faculty to identify gaps addressing the issues related to Challenge 2005. A concept map (see picture) was created from the dialogue, illustrating the complexity of the issues facing our world. Dr. Elaine Turner, Dean of College of Agricultural and Life Sciences attended the Think Tank and noted, “It is amazing to see the synergy that is taking place in the room. Students and professionals working side by side in an effort to address the biggest problems that we face as a global community. It is inspiring.”

Challenge 2050 Takes Center Stage at TEDxUF

February 9, 2014
Dr. Tony Andenoro, Assistant Professor of Leadership Education and Academic Coordinator of the Challenge 2050 Project, was chosen as one of the 6 presenters to grace the stage at TEDxUF this year. A diverse selection of speakers presented at this year’s event, ranging from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty and community members. At each of the TEDxUF events, speakers are given around 17 minutes to present a TED-worthy “idea worth sharing.” The topics of this year’s event included using emotionally engaged thinking (EET) to solve tomorrow’s problems, using advanced technology to help people with disabilities, learning how to be receptive when dealing with illness and tragedy and demonstrating how to properly give aid to countries in need, just to name a few. Andenoro’s presentation, entitled “The Key to Saving 9.6 Billion” stressed the importance of using EET to solve global problems such as food insecurity and a rapidly growing world population. He discussed how he uses EET in his Challenge 2050 classes, where students work to solve pressing issues facing agriculture and other critical contexts impacting global populations. “There’s a misconception that many of these global issues will be solved by science or technology, and that we do not need to worry about it. However, that is not the case, because most of the issues stemming from population fluctuation are social issues. Technology and innovation will be critical in the future, but we need to complement them with social change grounded in real shifts in human attitudes and behaviors if we aspire to meet the needs of our growing population. I am very privileged to be associated with Challenge 2050. It affords us an opportunity to address global challenges and shift education through the use of EET to empower students to think differently and act authentically with respect to solving global problems,” Andenoro said.