THINC FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
THINC, stands for Technology, Humanity, Inclusion, Nurture, Changemaker,
is a 12-month fellowship program that brings together a community of 56 selected future changemakers from around the world, to share ideas and spark intellectual conversations about technology and humanity over virtual meetings every month throughout the year.
Technology has greatly improved our quality of life. However, it has also gradually deprived us of the patience to create genuine connections and appreciate life's little moments. When human interaction is reduced to spiritless correspondence behind the screens; when information cocoons have increasingly trapped us in our confined narrow views; when anti-globalization has further exacerbated the hatred and the divide between nations and cultures, does technology truly make us happier and more informed？
Perhaps, it's time that we return, to the core needs, as human beings, and to the contemplation of life itself. How can we leverage technology to better serve human happiness? How can we facilitate genuine connections between people and cultures? How can we bring the increasingly atomized individuals back to dialogues in a post-COVID-19 era?
What's THINC ?
THINC (stands for Technology, Humanity, Inclusion, Nurture, Changemaker) is a 12-month fellowship program that brings together a community of 50+ selected global changemakers, primarily outstanding young professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, artists, and diplomats from around the world, to share ideas and spark intellectual conversations about technology and humanity over virtual meetings every month throughout the year. If you are an aspiring and driven student community leader, you are also eligible to apply! The program is inclusive and we welcome leaders with various backgrounds!
Through dialogues that are cross-culture and cross-discipline, we aim to create an intellectual and spiritual haven for young people who care deeply about the future of humanity in the technological era, who are capable of perceiving the world through a different lens, intellectually and culturally, and who are willing to make an impact by taking real actions.
Towards the end of the program, we will host an offline summit for all the fellows to meet in person, spending a few days together and building lifelong connections. The summit is scheduled to take place in China during the summer of 2022 if the COVID-19 situation allows.
A one-of-a-kind global community of outstanding and vibrant young talents from all over the world, with very different professional backgrounds but having the same passion for making the world a better place. Through every piece of interaction, conversation, collaboration, even debate and disagreement throughout the year, you will find nowhere else such a group of authentic companions with whom you could build life-long connections with.
Monthly intellectual conversations to accommodate the needs of a curious mind to understand diverse perspectives, to spark wild imaginations, to examine the status quo, and to take initiatives through collaborative efforts from young talents across 10+ countries. You will find nowhere else such a group of vibrant thinkers and courageous changemakers to work with.
An unforgettable summit and in-person gathering of the whole group in the post-COVID-19 era. You will likely become one of the first groups of people from so many different countries to gather together in the brand new, post-COVID-19 world. We will design a very unique get-together experience for you to get to know each other from a different lens after a whole year of isolation and virtual interaction. Tencent will cover the expense of the summit, the accommodation for all fellows who attend, and round trip tickets for ten fellows based on their engagement throughout the year.
We will together explore the following ten topics related to technology and humanity throughout the year.
TECH X EDUCATION
TECH X GLOBALIZATION
TECH X SOCIAL INCLUSION
TECH X CITY
TECH X MENTAL WELLBEING & SPIRITUALITY
TECH X HUMAN CONNECTION
TECH X CREATIVITY & CULTURE
TECH X ENTERTAINMENT
TECH X HEALTH
TECH X NATURE
WHAT WILL YOU DO AS A THINC FELLOW?
Fellows will participate in monthly virtual events in groups and explore topics related to technology and humanity. Fellows are encouraged to apply to be speakers and share their unique insights with others.
At THINC, each team will be assigned a mentor who is an expert from a relevant field. The mentor will discuss with the fellows to provide guidance on research.
Monthly Virtual Events
X means to be defined and unlimited possibilities. During the program, fellows will work together across the globe to develop an X project as a creative response to a particular issue.
At the end of the program, if the pandemic situation permits, a three-day summit will take place in China during the summer of 2022, and all fellows will be invited.
DOES THE PROGRAM COST ANYTHING?
No, the program is free. No registration or any fee is required.
However, if the summit is to take place in Summer 2022, some fellows who wish to attend may need to pay for their own flight tickets.
WHAT'S THE EXPECTED TIME COMMITMENT?
You can expect to spend 2 hours in fellowship-wide sessions each month. During the month that your team is responsible for hosting the webinar, you can expect to spend 10 hours in total for all work. These numbers will depend on each fellow's role and productivity. It's important to us that fellows attend the majority of the sessions. Your presence and active participation in group work are highly expected.
DO I NEED TO COME FROM A TECHNICAL OR TECH-RELATED FIELD?
No, fellows can be in any field from art to engineering, as we hope to build an interdisciplinary and diverse community. We do expect fellows to demonstrate an interest in exploring technology, humanity, and society. This could come from research, work experience, activism, personal learning, or anything else.
Tencent, parent company of WeChat, is a Chinese international conglomerate holding company founded in 1998, whose subsidiaries specialize in Internet-related services and products, entertainment and artificial intelligence. Currently one of Asia's leading technology companies, Tencent believes in "Tech For Good" and is using technology to enrich the lives of Internet users and assist the digital upgrade of enterprises.
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