September 9, 2018
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.
For more information, check out the [program info page](https://www.divvii.com/programs/10/5th-us-china-social-hackathon-fall-2018/) or apply directly [here](https://www.divvii.com/programs/10/5th-us-china-social-hackathon-fall-2018/apply/).
July 24, 2018
*Please consider completing this [survey](http://bit.ly/talent2019) from Monica Kang, founder of [InnovatorsBox](www.innovatorsbox.com) and author of [Rethink Creativity](www.rethinkcreativity.co).*
It's great to e-meet you.
My name is Monica H. Kang. I'm a social entrepreneur, an adjunct professor, and an author.
Thank you for agreeing to share your thoughts on talent and the workforce with me!
I am conducting a series of surveys and interviews to better understand people and workplaces for my book on talent in the workplace (scheduled to be released in 2019). I am focusing my book on what is missing in the workplace and how we can rethink the issues as individuals, teams, and organizations in different industries.
Why is it so hard to find good talent?
Why is a strong team so critical for success?
Why is it so hard to find a good job where you feel welcomed and included?
Why do even the most talented workers fail to perform when they are discouraged?
How do we network and build better relationships in the workplace?
How do you hire someone when you do not have enough resources to find talent?
The way we live, think, and work is changing rapidly. So why isn't the workplace changing at the same pace? I want to get to the bottom of this and explore how talent plays a pivotal role in today's workplace.
Your honest stories and perspectives will be invaluable.
My goal is to research 200-300 individuals from July 2018 to Fall 2018 from:
* 30 cities
* 10 different countries
* 20 different industries
* 50 different organizations
* different work levels including job hunters, interns, new employees, managers, and senior executives/founder
* different backgrounds including all sexualities, ethnicities, educational backgrounds, and abilities
This survey is broken down into four parts:
* Your thoughts on talent and workplace
* Your personal information
* (Optional) Schedule an interview / coffee meetup.
* (Bonus) Gift raffle
I anticipate this survey will take approximately 15-17 minutes.
I know everyone is busy, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to complete my survey. If you have any questions at any point, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much.
I promise to make a positive difference in our workforce with what you share.
Author, Rethink Creativity
July 9, 2018
Meet the judges who will give feedback on student business plans! They are professors, entrepreneurs, and educators, all passionate about social entrepreneurship and using business to provide value to communities.
####Dr. Trex Proffitt
*Professor of Business, Emory University and Franklin & Marshall University*
*Founder, [InnovatorsBox](www.innovatorsbox.com); Author, "Rethink Creativity"; Professor of Entrepreneurship, BAU Int'l University*
*Founder, InnovatorsBox; Author, "Rethink Creativity"; Professor of Entrepreneurship, BAU Int'l University*
April 26, 2018
We are thrilled to welcome SAGE Corps as the newest sponsor of the U.S. - China Social Hackathon. SAGE Corps runs programming on five continents, sending hundreds of college students to intern abroad with global startups.
Read more about SAGE Corps on their website, [www.sagecorps.com](www.sagecorps.com).
To learn more about the U.S. - China Social Hackathon, visit the program website [here](http://uschinasocialhackathon.com) or visit the Programs section of the DIVVII Community Center [here](https://www.divvii.com/programs/7/4th-us-china-social-innovation-hackathon/).
April 16, 2018
Congratulations to Carl Hooks, a mentor for the U.S. - China Social Hackathon, who won first place at the 2018 Smart City Hackathon in Shanghai on April 14th, 2018. He and his teammates will also take home US$3,000 to fund their design for a business that makes recycling consumer products in China easy, fun, and profitable.
His team will now pitch their business idea at the China Utility Week conference in Shanghai on April 19.
The Smart City Hackathon brings together entrepreneurs and select university students for a series of hackathons in different countries that focuses on the intersection of digital technology and urbanization. The aim of the hackathon is to bring together a diverse range of perspectives, from academics to entrepreneurship, and ignite the flow of ideas between different members of society. The Shanghai Smart City Hackathon is sponsored by Energo Labs and took place at NYU Shanghai.
Carl is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and a StartingBloc Fellow.
January 2, 2018
*Going into the shoe store, the salesperson says, "Do you have a size 7 foot? I have a size 7 shoe that should fit you very nicely, and may be just what you need. No? You have a size 9 foot? Well, all I have are size 7 shoes. Just wear this one anyway."*
*"I can't get it on."*
*"What's the matter with my shoe?"*
*"Nothing is wrong with the shoe. It is a perfectly fine shoe."*
*"Well, maybe you would like my shoe if I put this pretty bow on it. Or maybe a shiny buckle? Now put it on. I don't understand why it doesn't fit. How about if I give you more size 7 shoes? Will three be enough? Well, then something must be wrong with your foot. What's wrong with your foot?"*
*"Nothing is wrong with my foot. I have a perfectly good foot."*
Join us on Saturday, January 6 to learn more about our brand-new Special Interest Program for the Gifted and Talented. This program is designed to give exceptionally gifted students an opportunity to challenge and be challenged, and to support them in ways beyond the offerings of the traditional education system in order to propel their learning, growth, and achievement.
**Scan the QR code above to register.**
October 10, 2017
We're proud to announce the winners of the Spring/Summer 2017 iteration of the 99 Dreams Scholarship fund. We received so many awesome ideas, we couldn't limit ourselves to picking just one winner. So we decided to increase the prize pool and split it between our two winners! See below for more information about their projects. And if you didn't win this time, don't worry. We'll be running the scholarship again later this year. Keep an eye on your email and we'll let you know when applications are open again. But for now, the winners for summer 2017.
Check back for more information about our winners and when we'll be launching the project again.
### Juan Magalhaes
*The Cate School*
#### Don't Forget About Africa
Currently, many school children in Africa are unable to effectively focus on their studies due to a lack of proper school supplies. Juan aims to fix this problem at a school in South Africa by providing school supplies and other logistical support to the students there. He plans to use the funds and mentorship he has been awarded to scale up his program and positively affect the lives of even more students.
### Eileen Kwon
*Seoul International School*
#### The Korean Dream
Eileen plans to use the funds and mentorship she has been awarded in order to produce a documentary film exploring some of the lesser known aspects of the Korean pop culture industry, as well as the various social situations that have led to its immense draw among the younger generation in South Korea today.
You can view her proposal [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0l40N3JAKQ&feature=youtu.be).