Social Innovation Educator Exchange


Program Dates: February 7-11, 2018
Open to: Educators from Asia with a focus on social innovation
Location: San Francisco
Application Deadline: December 20, 2017

This professional program brings together educators focusing on social innovation to exchange ideas with each other and thought-leaders and professionals in Silicon Valley. The program will include joint sessions with the Exploring Social Innovation (ESI) cohort of university students, visits to Silicon Valley companies and the Stanford campus, and roundtable discussions with local university faculty.


Click the image below to view the itinerary in fullscreen, or download the PDF version here: Social Innovation Educator Exchange (PDF)


To register for this program, please click the blue “Register” button and complete the registration form. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration, followed by an invoice for your program fee payment after the registration deadline. The program director, Yi Zhang, will be in contact regarding logistical details and planning in January.


Participation fee: $1,300

  • Group transportation between airport and hotel
  • Transportation for all visits and scheduled activities
  • Most activity fees
  • Arrival lunch
  • Final dinner

Accommodations: $600

  • VIA will arrange single rooms in a downtown San Francisco hotel

Total: $1,900 USD

Not included in participation fee:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Most meals
  • Optional activities
  • Personal shopping expenses

Visa Requirements

Travelers with passports issued from Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and other regions included in the US Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program (VWP) do not need to apply for a visa to enter the United States. VWP enables most citizens or nationals of participating regions to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa. Travelers must apply and be approved through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. If you prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa.

Travelers from regions not included in the VWP must apply for a B1/B2 visitor visa. VIA will provide a visa invitation letter as proof of participation in this program to participants who require a B1/B2 visitor visa.

“It was great opportunity for me to trigger to extend my scope toward social innovation from innovations of technology, business, service, etc. My view to social innovation is a kind of extension from such the innovations, whose benefits may be limited to persons concerned to them, toward activities which may contribute to create and/or develop social capital.” – Satoshi Kabasawa, North American Center for Academic Initiatives Osaka University

“I got many hints and knowledge for my work during this program.” – Mai Okada, Rikkyo University

「皆さんそれぞれ、ご自身で新しいことをつくられているクリエイティブな方々ばかりで学びが多くあり、とてもexcitingでわくわくする毎日でした。このような機会を頂いたことに感謝しています。それにしてもサンフランシスコやシリコンバレーは刺激とエネルギーに満ちていて素晴らしいところですね。いつか日本でもこういう場所をつくりたいと思いました。」- Terumasa Matsuyuki, Osaka university

  • December 20, 2017 – Registration deadline
  • December 27, 2017 – $500 participation deposit due
  • Mid-December – VIA send pre-departure information and preparatory materials; VIA will contact participants who require a visa to confirm details and issue visa invitation letters
  • January 12, 2018 – Full program fee due
  • Mid-/Late January – Final preparations, confirm flight details and airport meeting time