November 1, 2020: Deadline to submit a team application

Teams will consist of 4–5 undergraduate students. At least one student on each team should be an international student from the Greater China area. One student on each team should be from the College of Design.

Team leaders need to submit applications including all team members’ names, majors, and email addresses by November 1, 2020. 

Teams should also provide a project idea at this point. This is not a final choice; teams may still choose a different topic before submitting their written proposal. Learn more about choosing a topic.

Each team will find and work with a faculty coach after confirmation of team participation.

November 10, 2020: Deadline to identify a coach

Each team must identify a coach by November 10, 2020. Coaches can be a faculty member or expert in relevant fields, who will provide feedback, direction, and support for the team as they prepare for the competition. Coaches will meet with their teams (virtually or face-to-face in a socially distant manner) 2-3 times over the course of the competition preparation period.

January 25, 2021: Deadline for written proposal

The first meeting with your designated faculty coach will take place soon after the formation of teams to help develop project ideas and establish communication protocols. By the deadline of January 25, 2021, each team will submit a written proposal of 1,000–1,500 words, identifying the project's scope, topic relevance, challenge and solution, feasibility (e.g., utilize resources available to the UMN community), and impact. Please supply a list of references from credible sources. You are encouraged to utilize design thinking and processes to address why and how the U.S. and China should partner to solve the identified challenge. 

See the proposal template.

February 1, 2021: Selection of finalists

Teams will be notified if they are selected as finalists by February 1, 2021. Selected teams will proceed to meet with their coach again to prepare for the final presentation.

February 19, 2021: Final virtual presentation

Each team will present based on their proposed project and solutions for 20 minutes, followed by a 15-minute judge Q&A. Judges will be selected from faculty, staff, and area experts. They will review all team proposals and presentations, select the winning teams, and provide constructive feedback.

$6,000 will be awarded to the winning team, and $4,000 to the runner-up team. The proposals and presentations of the winning teams will be posted on the China Center's website.

See the judges' rubric.