Wege Prize has announced its largest ever roster of highly diverse student competitors from around the world for the 2023 edition of the sustainability and innovation competition. Hailing from 107 leading institutions of higher education everywhere from China to Costa Rica, the competing students stand to emerge as pioneers of real-world approaches combatting “wicked problems” facing the world today, such as hunger, pollution, and waste.

With an initial field of 63 applications narrowed down to 50 competing student teams, Wege Prize 2023 welcomes a record 250 participants representing 37 countries by citizenship and almost 150 unique academic disciplines. With 50 graduate students and 10 doctoral candidates in addition to 190 undergraduates, the field of competitors brings together people from higher education institutions across 39 countries, making it not only the competition’s largest field ever but also its most international and diverse.