The Francis & Rose Yuen Tech Innovation Challenge

Shenzhen Recruiting Forum

The University of Chicago and the University of Southern California presents the second annual Francis & Rose Yuen Tech Innovation Challenge this winter in Shenzhen, China!

This innovative and exciting event offers a unique opportunity for students from top-tier colleges and universities to engage and network with leading companies in the tech industry. Students from across the nation who share a passion for tech will come together for the forum, where they will compete in teams in a tech innovation challenge, connect with each other, and network extensively with sponsor firms and employers.

The Tech Innovation Challenge | December 17-19, 2019

To best highlight students' skills and initiative, students will be participating in a tech innovation challenge.  Students will be placed in teams of four or five and will receive the challenge on December 17th.  Students will showcase their skills in product design, coding, marketing, negotiations, teamwork, and communication.  On December 19th, teams will pitch their concept to a panel of judges comprised of employers from participating organizations.


Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)

Tuesday, December 17

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Individual Design Session
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Team Building Session
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Team Dinner

Wednesday, December 18

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Team Design Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Panel Discussion
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Team Build Sessions
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Team Build Sessions

Thursday, December 19

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Final Product Build Session
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Working Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Presentation of Product to Judging Panel
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Networking Cocktail Hour & Award Ceremony


Have any questions about the Innovation Challenge, the employers, or the application process? We would be happy to schedule a phone call! To discuss, please e-mail with any questions and we will get back to you shortly.