Exploring Social Innovation (ESI) @San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A.
offered by VIA

Join this to move forward these UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Exploring Social Innovation (ESI) Program brings together 20-25 university students and young professionals from across Asia. In this 2-week program, discover new possibilities for your future, learn innovative ways to make the world the better place, and meet a diverse and passionate group of changemakers from across Asia. You will experience hands-on workshops, visits to innovative companies and exchange ideas with local leaders and global friends.

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 4 - 14 August 2019
Location San Francisco & Silicon Valley, California, USA
Program Fee US$3,250 (estimated), 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.
Scholarship is also available at VIA.
Application Procedures
  • Follow the instructions and complete the registration form
  • Shortlisted candidates from the paper selection process will be invited for an interview in late April and mid May

Round 1: 21 April 2019 (Sun)
Round 2: 20 May 2019 (Mon)

Enquiry connect@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