Harvard College US-India Initiative (HUII) 2018: Conference Application
DATES AND LOCATION: 6th and 7th January, 2018 at ITC Maurya, New Delhi.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 25.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1st December, 2017 at midnight IST

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: The mission of HUII’s Conference is to inspire Indian youth to deliberate, debate, and discuss their ideas for India’s future, and in this undertaking begin the process of shaping the India of tomorrow. The conference brings together about 400 of India’s most accomplished students and young professionals, and offers them the unique opportunity of interacting and engaging with 70+ speakers, each of whom has made a deep impact on the trajectory of our country, such as Raghuram Rajan, Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Mittal, Shashi Tharoor, and many others.

Find more details at https://huii.in/.

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Full Name *
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Age *
Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 25.
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Place of Residence *
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Name of College/High School and Graduation Year *
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Degree and Field of Study *
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Name of Employer (if applicable)
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Phone Number *
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Have you attended a HUII conference before? *
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Please answer each of the following prompts:
Responses to all three prompts are required.
1. Problem Framing and Solution (150+250 words) *
India currently faces numerous challenges on its journey of development, a broad term with economic, political, socio-cultural, and scientific/technological components. Choose any one problem, regardless of its scale, that you are passionate about addressing, and discuss the following: (A) Define the problem and analyze its nature and scope. You may do this however you choose, but your response should provide insight into the essential components of the problem and the factors that have prevented it from being solved already (150 words). (B) Broadly identify the key features that any good solution should have, then quickly delve into your proposed solution(s), being as clear and specific as possible. (250 words)
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2. Relevant experiences (150 words) *
In bullet points, describe three of your most significant experiences (internships, social service, independent study, etc.), that have helped you cultivate the skills and values to contribute to this conference and to India’s development in general.
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3. Why HUII? (100 words) *
What do you hope to take away from the conference?
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Optional Component: Application to Present at the HUII 2018 Ideas Fair
HUII aims not just to spark creative ideas and conversations during the conference, but to inspire delegates to continue pondering over the issues that they discussed well after the conference ends, and to use the ideas and connections that took root during the conference to engage in concrete, development-focused action. To this end, the 2018 Conference will include an Ideas Fair, where a certain number of delegates (either individually or in groups) will have the opportunity to present a well-developed, actionable idea or project they are working on that addresses a development-related issue in India. The Fair will be an informal, discussion-oriented setting, where presenters can share their ideas not only with fellow delegates, but professional change-makers from NGOs, think tanks, companies, and other backgrounds, who can provide valuable feedback and suggestions. Presenters will also have the chance to find like-minded delegates interested in working with them to take their ideas to the next level. Delegates who are not presenting will get exposed to a range of action-oriented ideas their peers are pursuing, can spend as much time as they like with specific presenters, and may find a project they would like to join. The Ideas Fair application is an extra component of the conference application – applicants must still be selected as delegates in order to be considered for the Ideas Fair. The application period is the same for both, but they can be submitted at separate times within this period.

If you would like to apply to be a presenter, you will need to submit a document containing details about what you would like to present – this could be a project you are already working on, or an idea that you begin to develop over the course of this application that you will continue to work on during the weeks leading up to the conference (and beyond). There are no restrictions on what this idea or project can be, as long as it addresses a development-related issue – for example, it could be a product you have developed or are developing, a startup business plan, a policy proposal, an educational curriculum, an internet-based tool, etc. This need not be fancy or high-tech as long as it is effective. Your application document should be about 5 pages long (single-spaced, Times New Roman 12-pt font), with the following components:

1. (100 words) An abstract that succinctly summarizes what your idea is and how it would help address a certain problem.

2. (1 page) Define and analyze the problem you are trying to address, via the following steps:
a) In the spirit of essay prompt 1(A), explain the nature, scope and components of the problem.
b) Discuss in further depth the aspect of the problem you are focusing on, why you chose to focus on this, and the roadblocks that have prevented this from being solved already, using hard numbers where possible and citing sources (eg. an estimated x gallons of water are wasted per month due to inefficiency of current irrigation methods).
c) Specify your target area of impact – for example, farmers in drought-ridden areas, or the healthcare diagnostics sector.

3. (2-3 pages) Describe the content of your solution in whatever way best suits its nature – eg. for a physical product, describe how it works, provide relevant diagrams, etc.

4. (< 1.5 pages) Describe why this particular solution is worth pursuing, touching upon as many of the following as possible:
a) Predicted outcome if successfully implemented (using hard numbers where possible and citing calculations at the end of the document – eg. this will save x gallons of water per month that would otherwise have been wasted).
b) How this solution improves upon the drawbacks of currently existing or proposed alternatives (if any).
c) Feasibility of implementation and financials.
d) Timeline of implementation (short term and long term goals).
e) Potential challenges during the process of turning your idea into reality and how you plan to overcome these.

Please email your document as a PDF or Word doc (.docx) to conference@harvardusindiainitiative.com, with subject line “IDEAS FAIR APPLICATION”. Applicants can apply in groups for the Ideas Fair, but will be evaluated individually for the ordinary delegate application. Please include your name(s) in the document.

Optional Résumé Submission
If you think it would be beneficial, feel free to send a copy of your résumé to conference@harvardusindiainitiative.com with the subject: "HUII2018Resume_FirstName_LastName”.

This is NOT necessary.

Disclaimers
The HUII Conference 2018 will be held in New Delhi. All selected delegates are responsible for the conference fee (Rs. 6,500), and their own transportation and accommodation. *
If you have any concerns about the delegate fee or accommodation, please reach out to us at conference@harvardusindiainitiative.com.
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