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Watson Basecamp, China

A weekend bootcamp for aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs provided by Watson Institute.

The trek to the summit begins at Basecamp.

The Watson Basecamp is a program aimed at high school and university students interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact.

During the program, participants identify the main challenges facing their community, devise solutions for those challenges, develop a prototype, receive mentoring, and present their projects to a panel of experts.

Participants will also be fully immersed in the Watson experience. They’ll have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with current Watson students and meet the broader Watson community of mentors and champions.


The workshops focus on defining a problem and designing a solution for that problem during the program.


Each student will meet mentors who will challenge their assumptions, enhance their perspective, and expand their impact.


Students join a cohort of members with a variety of experiences and a common goal to impact the world.


First day – Friday
Participants get into groups and perform a deep dive on the greatest challenges facing their community using the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, root cause analysis, and a debate between the groups.

Second Day – Saturday
On the second day, participants take on the challenges they identified and design, test, and create prototype solutions for them. They also meet with entrepreneurs and local leaders for mentorship sessions and end the day with a Master Course from an established entrepreneur.

Third Day – Sunday
On the last day of the program, students put together presentations based on their progress on Friday and Saturday and pitch their project idea to a panel of experts. The winning team, chosen by the judges, will be flown to visit Watson Institute in South Florida.

Kunshan, Jiangsu

Duke Kunshan University

September 11-13, 2020

Application Deadline
August 31, 2020

Hangzhou, Zhejiang

Mexico-China Center/ Tec de Monterrey Innovation Hub

November 20-22, 2020

Application Deadline
November 9, 2020

What is Watson Institute?

Watson Institute is built on the belief that to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, we must equip the next generation with the necessary tools, network, mindset, and courage to unleash a lifetime of impact.

We are a reimagined model of education for next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs, with locations in Boulder, Colorado, Boca Raton, Florida, and Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Is Watson Basecamp for you?

Students who are part of this program are motivated to solve social or environmental problems and want to learn the tools to design solutions and put them into action.

The program is tailored for high school seniors and college students or recent graduates.

Application to Watson Basecamp