Harvard Innovation Challenge SouthEast Asia II

Deadline: 3 January 2021
Open to: prospective and current secondary school and university students from around the world
Benefits: financial aid to help cover the conference fee


In partnership with the Global Citizen, the HGEM Innovation Challenge Southeast Asia II, organized by the Harvard Undergraduate Global Education Movement, will bring together over 200 delegates from different backgrounds and multiple speakers for a 3-day virtual conference, happening on January 15th – January 17th, 2021.

The HGEM Innovation Challenge SEA II will focus on two tracks centered on the 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. Throughout the virtual event, delegates will also have the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with other conference attendees from all over Southeast Asia.

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. These proposals are comprehensive in nature and incorporate various media forms, policies, and entrepreneurial ideas. Students will be challenged in an open Questions and Answers session 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.

Conference participation fees:

Early Birds (Deadline: November 30th, 2020): $40 USD

Regular (Deadline: January 3rd, 2021): $50 USD


Prospective and current secondary school and university students from around the world are eligible to register to attend the Innovation Challenge.


If the registration fee is a financial burden for you, please feel free to reach out to outreach@hgem.org. Financial aid requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. As aid is limited, the deadline for financial aid applications is December 15th, 2020. They will send decisions regarding financial aid during the period of late Decemeber 2020 to early January 2021. Those who submit the application after December 15th, 2020 and before January 3rd, 2021 will still be considered for aid. However, to gain a more comprehensive review of your application, it is highly encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


Apply for the conference by accessing the application form through the Registration Page on the website.

For more details, please visit the official website.