Social Innovation Weekend is an intensive three-day experience for students, business professionals, and community members to work side-by-side using entrepreneurial design thinking skills to create innovative solutions for pressing social issues. Participants get a 48-hour crash course on SIW’s topic of focus (this year on Homelessness and Affordable Housing). They learn how to design and pitch a start-up business while collaborating with a team of individuals from all different backgrounds and areas of study. If you’re up for the challenge, click the signup link below or check out the FAQ!
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We care deeply about the healthy and safety of all of our attendees of SIW 2021. To ensure this, we will be hosting the event 100% virtually.
We encourage you all to stay safe and healthy by washing your hands, wearing masks when you are required to do so, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.
The event will take place Friday evening, March 5 through Sunday morning March 7th. You will be expected to participate throughout the entire weekend and are not encouraged to participate if you have a prior commitment that weekend.
SIW counts for either 1 credit hour of Entrepreneurship credit (ESP 102: Entrepreneurial Immersion) or 1 credit hour of Global Health Studies credit (GHS 301: Seminar in Global Health).
In order to ensure that students get to collaborate with team members from different majors and expertises than them, they will be sorted at random into teams based on major. You will learn who is on your team on the day of the event where all teams will be able to get a running start right as the event launches!