UCL Grand Challenges


Build-a-lab: Help us tackle the world’s most urgent challenges

06 June 2024, 9:00 am–5:00 pm


Join this interactive day-long workshop as a student consultant to develop an innovation model to solve the world’s most urgent challenges.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students






UCL Grand Challenges


103c Camley Street
United Kingdom


Climate crisis? Mental Health? Inequalities? These are big challenges that need great problem solvers to generate impactful solutions. We want to start an innovation revolution at UCL where students hack, make, pilot solutions to solve the Grand Challenges of this world, together, across disciplines and methodologies!

Join this interactive day-long workshop and become a student consultant for the day with the opportunity to have your ideas brought to life by designing an innovation model for future student entrepreneurship on the Grand Challenges.

Who's it for?

This day-long workshop is open to UCL taught students (undergraduate and postgraduate taught) and postgraduate research students.

You don't need any prior knowledge, just enthusiasm and an interest in working with others to develop innovative solutions.

What to expect?

The goal of this session is to become student consultants and collaborate as a team to develop a new model which can be used to engage future students in problem solving some of the world’s most urgent challenges.

You'll be given a brief at the start of the session and then an opportunity to question, explore and challenge our expert panel.

You’ll then develop a response to the brief and present your findings back to the panel.

What you'll learn

Participating in this session will help you learn how to:

  • Create lasting change and start the pipeline of creative solutions to pass on to the next cohort.
  • Build new consultancy skills and experience
  • Develop your teamworking, problem solving and communication skills

You will also have the opportunity to see the seeds of your idea grow as the Grand Challenges Innovation Lab evolves and takes shape over the following year. Expect to be invited to the launch event in 2025!

Find out more about UCL Grand Challenges