"Over the course of the program, I’ve gotten to know my American teammates a lot more, and it’s been a pleasure working with them. Even though there were some challenges, we were able to push out a final product that we could all be proud of. This was definitely an interesting and unique experience that I am honored to have had."
"It was an unforgettable teamwork experience."
"Very creative and academic; I loved it."
"In the program I learned how to work and cooperate with people from different countries and backgrounds and come up with a business plan that could solve a common problem in our communities. At first it was difficult but once we kept working at it the plan came together."
Consumption is a major driver of the world economy, but also of the world's waste. What should we do with all of the discarded plastic, paper, metal, and other materials we produce? The answer to this question has a huge impact on a number of issues affecting all of humanity: land, sea, and air pollution; climate change; and urban planning, to name a few.
We used to think of the "technology divide" as separating those with money from those without: children from wealthy families would have more access to technology, making them more technology literate (and giving them better job prospects), than those from poorer families. However, now we are seeing that children from poorer families actually spend more time in front of phone and computer screens, affecting their education and wider development. What can be done to narrow this divide?
Countries like India and China are urbanizing at some of the highest rates seen in human history, while countries like the U.S. are seeing urban decline, or the erosion of culturally distinct areas due to gentrification. These are just some of the modern issues that arise from the phenomenon of human migration. How can we ensure that everyone is able to live a fulfilling life no matter where in the world they go?
From QR-code payments to blockchain to mobile-only banks, the digitization of the banking industry is changing the way people interact with their money, often even eliminating the need for a physical asset. What opportunities are there within this trend to increase access to the banking system for poor and rural populations?
Around the world, access to education is often determined by how much money a family earns. In the U.S., schools receive revenue based on taxes assessed on the value of property within their district, meaning that schools in wealthy areas have greater access to funding for teachers and classroom materials than those in poorer areas. In less-developed countries, children in poorer areas sometimes must forego an education in order to provide for their families. What can be done to make access to quality education more equitable and more readily available?
The increasing average age of a population means that not only are there more elderly people in need of care, but also that there are less younger people as a percentage of the population participating in growing the economy by working or starting a business. This can lead to strained state resources, lower quality of life for the elderly, and increased pressure on young people to provide for both their parents and their own children. How can we ensure that we are able to support aging populations while maintaining growth in the overall economy?
Inspiring is an online platform offering classes on financial literacy and information technology skills. For additional fees, students can join seminars and work with a course advisor.
iOpinion allows college students to earn money from sharing their data with companies that want to improve their AI systems.
Livingreen is a mobile application that rewards sustainable purchasing, partnering with brands and food-delivery platforms to incentivize environmentally friendly choices.
Unicourse teaches students practical skills that can help them find jobs.
UChoice is a beginner finance and financial education mobile application.
Cross-Cultural Connect is a mobile application that aims to build a social community of migrants through localized content and collaborations with schools and other officials.
Cultiv8rs develops community farms and sells urban farming kits to empower individuals to become more self-sustainable by cultivating their own produce, especially in food deserts and areas with high population density.
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