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WMGIC and NATO Collaborate for 4th Annual Global Disinformation Challenge

William & Mary’s Global Innovation Challenge (WMGIC) partners with NATO to host the WMGIC x NATO Countering Disinformation Challenge for the 4th consecutive year.

The event will be held virtually over Zoom on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 8am-2:00 pm EST. The competition's opening ceremony will be at 8am ET (1:00pm GMT) and broadcasted live on Zoom (registration is required). Register here.

“After last year's remarkable success, we're honored to partner with NATO once again for the WMGIC X NATO Countering Disinformation Challenge,” says Dorothy Gao '24, WMGIC Events Director. “This year, we have updated our case document, incorporating the most current disinformation concerns, and introduced an entirely new Human Rights stream. We can't wait to see what the brightest young minds around the world can come up with to address these pressing disinformation issues!”

At the start of the challenge, student teams will be provided with an in-depth case study pertaining to one of eight streams. Collaborating with their mentors, students will formulate a strategic blueprint for NATO's implementation over the coming 12 months, incorporating essential contextual insights, including specifics on the strategies employed by major nations and proxy organizations.

Panels of expert judges will evaluate the proposals and select eight winning teams, one from each stream. The winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Challenge in a live Zoom event/webinar from 1:15pm to 2:00pm ET (6:15pm-7:00pm GMT). There is a cash prize for the winner of each stream.

This Challenge is open to undergraduate students of all experiences and majors, in universities nationwide and internationally from NATO Member Nations. The entire event is conducted in English. Each team will comprise three to five students. 

Innovation Through Collaboration

The Global Innovation Challenge (WMGIC) is the premier intercollegiate international and sustainable development case competition aimed at encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration to create innovative solutions for current global issues.

Founded in 2017 by William & Mary students, WMGIC offers an avenue for undergraduate students globally to engage in collaborative discussions with peers, faculty, and experience experts. It serves as a platform for the exchange of innovative solutions and ideas aimed at improving the future.

WMGIC Partnership with Whole of Government Center of Excellence and the Reves Center for International Studies

WMGIC is being advised by the Whole of Government Center of Excellence (WGC) and the Reves Center for International Studies for this year's event. WGC and Reves aim to inspire crucial discussions and relationships between students and security priorities around the world.

Students interested in participating in the WMGIC x NATO Countering Disinformation Challenge may learn more about the requirements and submit their applications online.

The deadline to register has been extended to October 30th, 2023.

Experts interested in serving as mentors for this or future WMGIC Challenges may contact [[w|wgc]].