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Global Innovation Tour to Nexus Design Factory in Philadelphia, USA
Aug 14, 2018  |  Read: 3,145

Global Innovation Tour

Nexus Maximus V by Nexus Design Factory in Philadelphia, USA

Supported by Yonsei Center for Social Innovation


Challenge – Improving Lives through Healthy Communities

Here is an opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues – fellow faculty, students, and industry partners from across the Design Factory Global Network and beyond – to develop new innovations in community health.



Nexus Maximus is a parent project of Nexus Design Factory, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. This fast-paced “sprint” project (essentially a hackathon) is designed to provide students a unique learning opportunity while solving a challenging real-world problem, all while having fun. Nexus Maximus brings together students from across diverse programs, as well as students from other institutions such as Aalto University in Finland, KEA in Copenhagen, Pace University in New York, and the Paris-Est d. School in France.

This year’s theme is from Jefferson’s mission: “We Improve Lives,” and commitment to community. The challenge is “Improving Lives through Healthy Communities”, focused on Philadelphia communities’ local challenges. Participating students in Nexus Maximus will be assigned to teams comprised of 4-6 students from different disciplines. Each team will be assigned a community in Philadelphia in a specific zip code, and will be challenged with developing innovation to improve the health of that local community. Approaches may include:

  • Improving health care access
  • Healthy community design
  • New policies or business models to deliver sustainable value to the community.
  • Community diversity
  • The environment

Teams will evaluate and seek innovation that supports the health and well-being of specific local community populations. The team's project work will be supplemented with workshops on innovation, entrepreneurship, and content relevant to the theme, delivered by experts throughout the weekend.



Friday, September 21 – Monday, September, 24

*Flight schedule is from Wednesday, September 19 – Wednesday, September 26 (the arriving date might be adjusted to Tuesday).

*Please note that the schedule includes the Chuseok holiday in Korea. 



The program is open to all students in Techno-Art Division and Integrated Social Sciences Division. Students who are in their final semesters are not eligible to apply.



Please sign up via the link below by August 20, 2018 (Monday). Results will be individually notified by Friday, August 24.


*Expected number of participants is about 10 students.

*Delegation cost is 1,000,000 KRW (much of the costs of the program are subsidized by YCSI).

*Applicants must participate in the orientation before the visit.


*To read more about Nexus Maximus, please visit the website: http://www.nexusmaximus.com/

*For inquiries, please contact designfactorykorea@yonsei.ac.kr or 032-749-3707.

Contact Information


  •   Address :
  • Yonsei International Campus, Veritas Hall B, room 326
    85 Songdogwahak-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 21983
    Republic of Korea


  •   Phone :
  • (+82) 032-749-3100



  •   Hours :
  • Monday to Friday :
    09:00 - 17:00



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