Our first semester at Yale is wrapping up and it's a perfect time to reflect on how far we've come and what lies ahead. We've forged connections with so many partners across the university - including campus innovation centers, student organizations and Yale's cultural houses. These connections form CITY's foundation, and they will continue to give rise to new cross-disciplinary initiatives that challenge conventional means of problem solving. Heading into the new year, we're really excited by some of these initiatives to come, like MANY, an online platform designed to facilitate migration through the exchanges of needs that will launch at the 2018 Venice Architecture
Biennale, and an event in the planning stages around women's health called Period Con. And look for upcoming announcements on our Intensives which will bring together experts with interested students in a variety of specific areas, from food to tactical urbanism to public art and fake news. Speaking of fake news, details below on the winners of our recent YHack challenge winners of the "Best Hack to Counter Fake News." We'll be following their story as they build out their hack and head to Washington, DC.
Finally, we hope to see many of you tonight for the Yale Pitch Slam and Tsai CITY Year-End Celebration. Come help us plan the next great semester at
Yale Students Win Hackathon to Counter Fake News
One challenge at YHack had a particularly timely theme. Find a way to combat fake news - stories from less-than-reputable sources that are easily shared via social media sites – and win a trip to Washington, DC to brief Congressional leaders on your findings. Two Yale students, Stefan Uddenberg and Michael Lopez-Brau, both PhD candidates in Cognitive Psychology, were intrigued. READ MORE.
THE LATEST NEWS:
Discovering the Job You Love - A Talk with Kate Harrison (MEM '09) Kate Harrison (MEM ’09) thought she was going into environmental law. Instead, her degree from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies led her to found her own marketing consulting business, Kate L. Harrison Consulting, by way of launching (and selling) a startup called Green Bride Guide, an online
resource that connected couples and planners with eco-friendly wedding options, from dresses to favors. Kate talks to us about her journey, and how the grueling experience of founding a company and raising money taught her exactly what she loved to do and gave her the skills to pursue it.
Connection and Community are Priorities for Yale’s Students of Salaam "For me, personally, Students of Salaam home tutoring has been the best way to deal with homesickness ever,” said Malak Nasr ’19 of Davenport College (DC). “The family speaks Arabic and cooks Middle Eastern food — it is exactly like being in Cairo, except it
isn’t Cairo, and they’re a Syrian family, and they’re not speaking my dialect, but it’s okay because it’s close enough. For me, it’s what finally made me feel comfortable in New Haven.”
The Teenage Inventor Who Could Change the Way the World Fights Climate Change Ethan Novek (YC '21) speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own company, Innovator Energy, and is working on a
technology he believes could help dial down global warming.
Introducing Yale SOM's New Global Network Ambassador A Q&A with Ariana Yuen ’19, Yale SOM's second Global Network Ambassador, who discusses her goals for her time at SOM.
UPCOMING CITY EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:
YALE PITCH SLAM. DEC. 13, 7-8:30pm @ Nick Chapel Theater, Trumbull College. Join us for the 2nd Yale Pitch Slam. Sign up for a 2-minute slot to share your idea with a supportive community at Yale! It's a great place to come if you are: looking for a team, looking for feedback, looking to strengthen your public speaking skills and/or looking to test out your idea in a risk-free zone. All ideas welcome regardless of how fleshed out or how feasible. Yale students and community members welcome. 2 minute time limit will be strictly enforced! Year-end holiday party and networking
event with food & drink to follow at Tsai CITY, 8:30pm. REGISTER & SIGN UP TO PITCH HERE.
CITY STARTUP ACCELERATOR APPLICATION DEADLINE. FEB. 9, 2018. You: Have a killer startup idea. Or maybe just an instinct. We: Work with you to test it, develop it, and turn it (maybe!) into a viable business. The CITY Startup Accelerator is an intensive, iterative, hands-on, cohort-based program that delivers access to workshops, mentors, coaching, peer collaborators, and, not least, funding. Application opens in January. DETAILS HERE.
CITY NONPROFIT ACCELERATOR APPLICATION DEADLINE. FEB. 9, 2018. You: Want to build a nonprofit, civic, arts, social, community, political, faith, or other nonprofit organization. We: Help you design, refine, iterate, and launch it. The CITY Nonprofit Accelerator is an intensive, iterative, hands-on, cohort-based program delivering access to funding, workshops, mentors, peer collaborators and, not least, funding. Application opens in January. DETAILS HERE.
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YALE HEALTHCARE HACKATHON. APPLY BY DEC. 22. Want to tackle issues in the healthcare system with innovators from around the world? Join us on January 19 - 21, 2018 for a large Healthcare Hackathon at Yale School of Medicine! This hackathon is free and open to the public through the sponsorship of Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT) and 4Catalyzer. The hackathon theme is “Artificial Intelligence Enabling Medicine.” We will accept 200 participants to ensure a diverse community of engineers, designers, programmers, venture
capitalists, investors, patients, clinicians, and payers. This weekend-long event will serve as a foundation for ideas that can positively change the patient experience and provider engagement. LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE.
APPLY FOR THE COLLAB INCUBATOR PROGRAM. DEADLINE: JAN. 12 @ 11:59pm. The Collab Incubator Program is cohort-based and combines pre-seed funding with coaching, workshops, and networking. We prioritize the individual entrepreneur as much as the idea. Seeking diverse, early-stage entrepreneurs who care about New Haven and Connecticut. Accepted ventures receive workshops, up to $2K in funding, free coworking space,
1-on-1 coaching, pro bono services and the opportunity to pitch for investors and community members. DETAILS AND APPLICATION HERE.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE LEGAL CANNABIS SPACE - SEEKING COLLABORATORS. Billy Marks '18 and Connie Lee '18 are organizing the first-ever legal cannabis conference at a business school for Friday, February 16, 2018. The objective of the conference is to convene leaders from all sectors of society to discuss the opportunities and complexities of cannabis across multiple areas, including technology, entrepreneurship, PE/VC, and brand management. Billy and Connie are looking for first-year leaders and other
second-years to devote some creative energy and strong project management & communication skills to help launch the conference. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you are interested in getting involved (and getting a free ticket to the conference!).
INAUGURAL GREATER YALE CASE COMPETITION. FEB. 10, 9am-7pm. All undergraduate and graduate students currently attending Yale University are invited to participate in the first ever Greater Yale Case Competition (GYCC). In this multi-disciplinary event, teams of 4-6 students will compete for
three cash prizes (first place receives $3,000) by presenting their solution to a dilemma faced by a familiar Yale and New Haven institution. The competition is a unique opportunity to network with students from other disciplines, learn about case competitions, or hone your case competition skills without leaving campus. A refundable $10 fee is required to reserve your team’s spot. Each team must represent at least two different Yale schools (joint degrees are considered SOM and all undergraduates are considered Yale College). If you do not have a team readily available, you are encouraged to register as an individual and we’ll either circulate your name or add you to a team directly once registration closes. REGISTER HERE.
SEASONAL INSTRUCTOR OPENINGS WITH YALE YOUNG GLOBAL SCHOLARS AND YALE YOUNG AFRICAN SCHOLARS. YYGS and YYAS are hiring for paid, full-time, seasonal instructional staff positions! If you are interested in teaching, mentoring, and inspiring high school students from 120+ countries around the world, and want to work collaboratively to create a successful and memorable program, YYGS and YYAS may be the right place for you. Every year, YYGS hires 100+ undergraduate and graduate students and YYAS hires approximately 18 undergraduate and graduate students to teach, mentor, and supervise participants both in and out of the classroom. Instructional staff members gain valuable experience in teaching and curriculum development,
and build skills in teamwork, organization, and management. LEARN MORE HERE.
ASAP SEEKING IMMIGRATION PARALEGAL. The Asylum Seeker's Advocacy Project is seeking an immigration paralegal. The immigration paralegal’s responsibilities will include client communication, support on legal casework, and administrative tasks. The paralegal must be fluent in both English and Spanish, highly organized, and flexible. This position is full-time with excellent benefits for a one-year period, with the possibility for renewal. The immigration paralegal will work closely with ASAP’s co-founders to help grow this young organization. Applicants
available to work in New Haven, CT are preferred, but interested candidates based in Chicago, New York, or elsewhere are also encouraged to apply! DETAILS & APPLICATION HERE.