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[Summer '19] Apply for the 5th U.S.-China Social Hackathon
 Nicholas Clark  May 25, 2019  Featured Programs

The U.S. - China Social Hackathon is an online, collaborative program where teams of U.S. and Chinese students work together to develop a social enterprise business plan. Led by a mentor, groups 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.

1. Explore

Each group is led by a mentor through lectures, discussions, case studies, and activities to explore what is social innovation. They'll put what they learn into practice by defining a problem, testing their assumptions, and iterating in response to feedback.

2. Build

Use the top startup tools to design a digital solution that addresses a social problem your group has observed in both your communities. Work with Silicon Valley concepts including:

  • Lean Startup Methodology
  • Rapid Iteration
  • IDEO Design Thinking & UX Design
  • Business Model Generation's Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas

3. Pitch

Pitch your idea to a panel of social entrepreneurs and business professors. Prove to them you've identified the next big opportunity and are offering the right solution for the market.

Prizes will be awarded for the best team in each session!

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