The U.S. - China Social Hackathon is a five week, online program where pairs of U.S. and Chinese students work together to develop a social enterprise business plan. Guided by a mentor, students meet online to design a solution to a problem related to one of the program topics, then pitch their business idea to a panel of judges.
Participants learn about social innovation, how to develop a value proposition, how to collect feedback, how to design a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and how to pitch a business idea. They'll gain valuable experience working in remote teams, an essential skill for the 21st century workforce.
Each group will choose a topic of social significance from a provided list, and will receive several materials to review for background information. Over the course of 5 working meetings, students will identify a specific problem they observe within the topic area, create a profile of the "users" who face such a problem, and develop a digital solution to address the problem. Groups will be required to send a progress report to their mentor after each working meeting. During the 6th and final meeting, groups will present their ideas to a panel of judges made up of social enterpreneurs.