Harvard Innovation Challenge @ South East Asia

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3 Days
Availability : 15-17 January 2021
Min Age : Ages 13-17

Program Overview

Program Dates

15-17 January 2021

Program Timings


Minimum Age

Ages 13-17

Delivery Partner

Harvard Undergraduate Global Education Movement : The Harvard Undergraduate Global Education Movement (HGEM) is a non-profit student organization at Harvard College that enables Harvard students to engineer a host of international programs that help shape the thinkers of tomorrow. Our conferences equip students worldwide with the necessary structure, confidence, and drive to introduce impactful ideas to the world.

Program Details


  • The Harvard Innovation Challenge (HIC) Southeast Asia II will focus on two tracks, Youth Empowerment and Sustainability & Climate Action, to guide delegates through the different aspects of international development and to help them understand their role as citizens of the world.
  • Delegates will choose to join one of these tracks and then engage in track-specific discussions and seminar sessions featuring influential leaders from academia, business, and government.
  • After various workshops, delegates will work in small teams on an impactful “Solution Proposal” designed to tackle real-world problems and stimulate ideas for future collaborative projects

Skills Developed

Global Mindedness

Debating Skills

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Expert Sessions & Immersions

  • Throughout the virtual event, delegates will also have the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with other conference attendees from all over Southeast Asia.
  • Students will be challenged in open debate sessions about their ideas, before presenting a final round proposal at the end of the conference.
  • Finally, delegates will have a chance to meet in more informal settings during social events and panels.

Executive summary

Cultivate Critical Thinking, and Co-create a Sustainable Future
With each solution created, and every obstacle overcome, you build skills to forge a sustainable future!

2 UNIQUE Tracks: The Harvard Innovation Challenge South East Asia (HIC SEA) Winter Edition will focus on two tracks; Youth Empowerment and Sustainability & Climate Action.

Global Consciousness: Delegates will be challenged to tackle real-world issues within either one of these tracks and come up with their very own innovative Solution Proposals.

Harvard Alums: The conference also aims to provide our participants with networking opportunities through virtual meals with Harvard alums, Harvard-led college panels, information on Harvard graduate and professional schools, and virtual social events.

Program Schedule

Conference Schedule

All conference times are in GMT+8

DAY 1 15 JAN 2021
14:00 – 15:00 Opening Ceremony
15:00 – 17:00 Track Session 1
17:00 – 18:00 Welcome to Harvard
DAY 2 16 JAN 2021
11:00 – 13:00 Track Session 2
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Guest Speakers
15:00 – 16:00 Beyond Harvard College
16:00 – 18:00 Track Session 3
DAY 3 17 JAN 2021
11:00 – 12:00 Track Session 4
12:00 – 13:00 Guest Speakers
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Track Session 5
15:00 – 17:00 Final Presentations
17:00 – 18:00 Closing Ceremony
Student Takeaways

Students come away with a Social innovation project centred around real-world challenges. Get a certificate of successful course completion, as well as a viable social entrepreneurship project for your CAS Credits and college applications.

A Social innovation project pitch deck

Customized Digital certificates

Complimentary access to The Global Citizen Academy online library for 3 months