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Joint Humanitarian Entrepreneurship Summer Academy 2021

Do you want to explore some of the most critical global challenges in health and economy from an innovative angle? Do you want to hone your skills as a creative problem-solver? Here's an opportunity for you.

The Joint Humanitarian Entrepreneurship Summer Academy is a 4-week remote learning experience involving participants and partners from multiple countries. Summer Academy aims to establish a long-term and sustainable approach to collaborative problem-solving. The program extends the synergetic process of defining problems and refining ideas about solution pathways beyond the academic year and into the summer (followed by a similar winter program). This enables year-round interactive learning across borders.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic taught us multiple ways of working together with people whom we've never met in person. The program will try to leverage this experience and add remote stakeholder interaction components allowing learners to engage with partner communities. The program is not looking to provide a panacea; it aims to take small steps towards a better future and to reimagine solutions for contemporary challenges.

The core values of the program will revolve around creative expression, empathy, embracing ambiguity, visualising challenges, and synthesizing actionable ideas.  

Are you ready to participate in upcoming innovative projects? Sign up here before 16th April.



  1. Farmers' Cooperative (Uganda) 

  1. Plastic recycling (Uganda) 

  1. Adoption of solar lamps (Uganda) 

  1. 3-D printer filament making  

  1. Circular economy model for any product of choice  


Program Deliverables

The four weeks will culminate one of the below:  

  • Fundraising page (Kickstarter/ GoFundMe/ Indiegogo) 
  • Research or policy paper 
  • Catalogue for a chosen electronic product


Program Structure

  1. Mentoring Sessions 

Teams should have weekly and daily team goals based on the projects the teams choose. The program will provide mentors for each team and mentors will be able to meet with the teams at least four times during the program.   

2. Class Scheduling  

Classes will take place from 20:30-21:30 HKT/08:30-09:30 EDT every day from Monday through Friday as joint sessions where daily goals will be set. Outside of class time, each team must work among themselves to find common times to complete the tasks. 

3. Class Preparation and Content 

The knowledge content for the course will all be sent to the students the day before the class as recorded videos.. The synchronous online session will be a blended interactive learning setup. The first 10 mins of each class will be an assessment of the previous day's goals. Each team will have one minute to present their assignment. Team members take turns to present their daily goal. If they do not, the team will lose one point and the content should be updated by 6PM HKT/6AM EDT on the class online whiteboard (Miro).​  Failing to achieve the set goal without significant reason will lead to reduction of one mark from the final score for each failed submission.  

The next 40 mins will have workshops and in class discussion to enhance interaction across various teams. The last 10 mins will be to set goals for each team and wrap up. 


Program Details

This program will be free of charge. Lingnan students enrolled in the program should register in either CLA9021 or SLP1101 (Section 2) courses offered by the summer institute. Participants of the program will be selected via interviews.  

Program frame: 31st May to 25th June 2021  

Timeline  Details 
Mid-April  Interview 
Week 1: 31st May - 4th June Teaming and project selection  
Week 1: 31st May - 4th June Introduction to Design 
Week 2: 7th - 11th June Research and sociological factors  
Week 3: 14th - 18th June Entrepreneurship 
Week 4: 21th - 25th June Sustainability
TBC Mentoring and consultation (At least 4 sessions) 
TBC Online supplementary modules
TBC Submission of your final deliverable

Credits: 3 Credits from one of the courses (CLA9021 or SLP1101)  


Program 1


Program 2



Program Detail 2



(For Lingnan Students)  Link to register:

Application Deadline: 16th April, 2021 (For Lingnan Students)  

(For Non-Lingnan Students)  Link to register:

Nomination Deadline: 1st May, 2021 (For Non-Lingnan Students)  



Aloysius Wilfred Raj Arokiaraj

Email: [email protected]  | Phone: 2616 8078 

Maggie Cheng  

Email: [email protected] |  Phone: 2616 8051   

Carly Leung 

Email: [email protected]  | Phone: 2616 8067