Exploring Social Innovation (ESI)
offered by VIA

Join this to move forward these UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Exploring Social Innovation (ESI) Program will convene 20-25 university students and young professionals from across Asia to experience and exchange perspectives on social issues and innovation. Through a creative hands-on learning experience focusing on transforming challenges into opportunities, participants will discover innovation in the U.S. social sector, build meaningful connections with a growing network of innovators in Asia, and learn how to reach their potential as future change makers.

Grasp this chance to explore and innovate the world from a social perspective, and get hands-on training for design & leadership development and refine skills to be the next generation of change makers! For more details, please visit the website of ESI Program.

Program Details
Program Date ESI1: 16 - 26 July 2018
ESI2: 15 - 25 August 2018
Location San Francisco & Silicon Valley, California
Program Fee US$3,250, which covers:  
  • Accommodation
  • Most scheduled activities and transportation for program activities
  • Arrival lunch
  • Graduation Dinner
  • VIA staff services
    (The program fee does NOT cover airfare, daily meals, optional activities, personal shopping and expenses, and travel insurance. All participants are REQUIRED to purchase travel insurance before participating in the program.)
Financial Subsidy Students may apply 'Connect Overseas Service Learning Grant' to receive subsidy to cover part of the program fee. Additional consideration will be given to those with financial need. More details.
Application Procedures
  • Follow the instructions and complete the registration form
  • Shortlisted candidates from the paper selection process will be invited for an interview in mid April and mid May

Round 1: 21 April 2018 (Sat)
Round 2: 13 May 2018 (Sun)

Enquiry Yuki Man (sayuki@ust.hk)

Participant Voice:    

ESI is an amazing journey! It gives me the chance to be aware of, and actively think about solutions for social issues in the world. Besides of ‘Exploring Social Innovation’, for me it is also exploring myself. After the valuable 10 days, I believe in the unlimited capabilities for each individual, and the possibility to really make an impact for the social good. This is a beginning of something great, and this could be something life-changing.

– Kristy Tan ESI Participant July 2015, Event Manager of Pan-Asian Collegiate Entrepreneurs (PACE); HKUST Business School student

The ESI program equips me with skills and the mindset needed to be a social innovator. This short-and-sweet program, certainly has helped my to sharpen my business acumen. It led me to be one of the finalist of HKUST 25 Projects, conducting a Positivity Jar Challenge for women throughout Hong Kong, Business Strategy Director of PACE and many exciting opportunities! Always embrace ambiguity, learn from failure and be optimistic!

– Trisha C. Natanael ESI Participant August 2015, Business Strategy Director of Pan-Asian Collegiate Entrepreneurs (PACE); HKUST Chemical Engineering & Entrepreneurship (Minor) Student