Solving some of the world’s most pressing issues such as youth unemployment and world hunger can often seem like an insurmountable task. However, with the formation of the Hult Prize OnCampus Program, students from all over the world are helping to solve these global issues one idea at a time.
The Hult Prize Program is a competition among students to design innovative solutions for social issues around the world. This year, students will be challenged with forming an avenue to create 10,000 jobs for people ages 15-35 in the next 10 years.
While the competition takes place over the course of the year, teams that advance to the final round will be given the opportunity to present their idea to the United Nations. From there, the winner will receive one million dollars directed towards the implementation of their solution.
As the founder of the Hult Prize Program at Ohio State and current Campus Director, senior Nathan Zanzig helped to mentor students on their pitches by hosting workshops and providing additional resources for the teams. While Zanzig himself did not directly participate in the Hult Prize competition, he was in charge of promoting the competition as well as finding judges in the Columbus area to facilitate it.
“It’s a global social entrepreneurship platform,” Zanzig said. “It takes place all over the world and ideas are incubated from colleges. Every year they set a challenge.”
According to the Hult Prize Program, over one million students across the U.S. have participated in the competition so far. Additionally, numerous startups have been created to solve some of the world’s most pertinent problems.
This year, Ayna Arora, student participant in the Hult Prize competition, won the first round at Ohio State.
“Our team’s solution is called Humara Kitchen, a tiffin delivery service concept
based out of India that focuses on empowering women of childbearing age living in slums by providing them employment, income, food, and on the job training,” Arora said. “Our solution focuses on Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger and Decent Work and Economic
Growth. This led to the creation of our project, as tiffin delivery services in India are a part of a majority of people’s daily lives.”
Along with Arora, numerous other teams participated in the competition, each with unique proposals to create new jobs for young people around the world.
While this year was the first year that the Hult Prize competition was held at Ohio State, both Arora and Zanzig hope that this program will be able to continue and grow stronger in the future.
“It is extremely critical that we not only do something to reverse the damage but also focus on moving forward with sustainable practices,” Arora said. “The youth of today have an incredible amount of energy, passion, and great new ideas.”