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2018 Macerata, Italy

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X-Culture and University of Macerata

are proud to present

 Global X-Culture Conference and Symposium, Italy 2018

 

“Culture & The Arts”
















Our partner corporations are

 

Nuova Simonelli S.p.A.

Nuova Simonelli S.p.A. is coffee machine producer. The company operates in 109 countries around the world, exporting 82% of all production. They have a subsidiary in the US with 75 million euro in gross sales.

Eurosuole S.p.A.

Eurosuole is a leading soles producer. The gross sales is 42 million euro and they export 30% of production. Currently they have 200 employees.

Cocci Grifoni Srl

Tenuta Cocci Grifoni is an Italian family vineyards and winery, which produces about 400,000 bottles of wine per year. The property extends over 95 hectares of land, 45 of which are vineyards almost entirely with native and ancient Italian vines and the rest is wooded area for natural restocking of the Mediterranean flora and fauna highly important for the biological cycle of the vines; 60% of production is exported. They continue to employ their 3-generation-family non-invasive winemaking techniques to ensure maximum varietal expression integrated with soil cultivation and preservation or active assistance of native biodiversity.

Macerata Opera Festival

The Arena Sferisterio Association, founded by the Municipality of Macerata and its Province, promotes and organizes the Macerata Opera Festival. The Macerata Opera operates the Sferisterio Arena. The Sferisterio Arena is unique in its shape and structure. It was designed in 1829 and was used as an opera theatre for the first time in 1921. The Sferisterio Arena is an open-air theatre and its 100-meter stage is one of the longest stages in Europe. The Arena has 2,500 seats (including 104 boxes).

 

 icon-calendar DATES:
Sunday, July 29 – Saturday, August 4, 2018

 icon-location-arrow  LOCATION:
28 Via Giovanni Mario Crescimbeni Macerata MC, Italy 62100

 icon-group  NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
Limited to 150 Students & 50 Faculty

The selection process is competitive. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrated excellence in past X-culture participation, but also with some consideration to maximize geographic and cultural diversity.

Download the Global X-Culture Italy Symposium Program


 icon-certificate WINNERS

Cocci Grigfoni – Team 8

Alexander Lazaridis, Jorge Collado, Frankhunda Niazi, Kwashie

Eurosoule – Team 12: 

Kham Saeng XiongDennis KercherKindra Idunoba

Nuova Simonelli Group – Team 20:

Gillian ChanDominique Scalisi, Dominic Gaspard, Lauren MacPherson

Marcerata Opera – Team 26:

Aaron KriewaldJordan Dane PoirierMelodi Dandrea, Piyush Peeyoosh Shelke

Kids Academy – Eurosoule – Team 32:

Maxym Taras, Sofia Taras, Advay Jain, Fernando Benitez


  icon-group  PARTICIPANTS

Instructors
Natalia Tomczewska-Popowycz Poland
Abdulrahman  Chikhouni Canada
Valerie Bell USA
Julio Cesar Martinez Suarez Mexico
Indu Rao India
Volodymyr Onofriychuk Ukraine
Len  Trevino USA
Anna  Svirina Russia
Alexandrina Maria Pauceanu Romania
Joy Schneer United States
Bashayr Albalushie Oman
Nataliya Acc-Nikmehr United States
Marc Idelson France
Inga Uus Lithuania
Muhammad Ayaz Pakistan
Ana Soares Portugal
Aamir  Khan Pakistan
Chido Ukaigwe Nigeria
Muhammad Ayaz
Charles Bryant United States
Reccia  Charles Trinidad and Tobago
Robert  Stephens USA
Neha Pathak UK

Aaron Kriewald USA
Advay Jain India
Aisha Khalif Kenya
Alexander Lazaridis USA
Allana Bowen Grenada
Amy Elzik USA
Ana Caren De Sousa Brazil
Andre Zhen Wei Cheong Malaysia
Angela Cvetinovic Serbia
Anton Mang’Ea Kenya
April Beaurivage Canada
Ashley Turner USA
Audrey Owusu-Gyamera Ghana
Beverley Jeremiah Grenada
Brittany Haubner USA
Bruno Dias Brazil
Carlo Alberto Calchera Italy
Catherine Chow Canada
Chelsea  Patricio Canada
Christina Zubrod USA
Colin Murphy Canada
Collin Boatman USA
Dallis Jossa Canada
Debra Njoroge Kenya
Dennis Kercher United Kingdom
Dominic Gaspard Grenada
Dominique Scalisi USA
Erika Lorena Rodriguez Uricoechea Colombia
Esteban Betancur Colombia
Farkhunda Niazi Afghanistan
Fernando Benitez Ecuador
Fernando Chonn Peru
Fosu  Francis Ghana
Gennil Reuben Grenada
George Macharia Kenya
Gia Nhi La Mach Vietnam
Gillian Chan Canada
Hafsa Jaweed Pakistan
Hanna Navila Setyanto Indonesia
Henry Bett Kenya
Henry Boore United States
Irene Guidi Italy
Jamie Duncan Grenada
Jamison  Lipps USA
Javier Hernandez Guatemala
Jessica  Langer USA
Jessica Marques USA
Jhovany Quiroz Peru
Jianying Zhu China
Joice Benfica Brazil
Jordan Poirier Canada
Jorge Collado USA
Joseph Hurst USA
Joshua Colon Arroyo USA
Julieth Paulini Angel Colombia
Kevin Cheolhyun Bae Canada
Kham S Xiong USA
Kimberly  Toledo Garcia USA
Kindra Idunoba USA
Kristen Oehm USA
Kristin Brown USA
Kusha Akbarpour USA
Larry  Williams USA
Lashannon Lawson USA
Lauren Macpherson USA
Lilavanh Chittaphong USA
Luis Lachos USA
Marco Ottone Italy
Margaret Bentkowski USA
Maria Del Mar Chacon Colombia
Marian Urteaga Mexico
Marleen Bett Kenya
Masha Phillip Grenada
Matthew Wohlin USA
Maxym Taras
Mazin Alhabsi Oman
Melanie Skayman Canada
Melodi Dandrea Italy
Meredith Theriot USA
Miranda Hines Canada
Muhammad  Hamza Pakistan
Natalia Margarita Ramirez Viveros Colombia
Nicole Boykov USA
Njeri Anastacia Hlutwa Lesotho
Paige Raby USA
Paulina  Moran Mexico
Piyush Shelke India
Portia Allen Canada
Qiuyu Gao USA
Rehan Babar Canada
Richard Fred Kwashie Ghana
Rose Wanja Wachira Kenya
Sahar  Tariq Pakistan
Samuel Paul Grenada
Samuel Velazquez Canada
Sarmad Masood Pakistan
Scarlet Ferrer Venezuela
Seigmar Quast Ansah Ghana
Shamus Molloy Canada
Shantell Mensah Kufuor Ghana
Shauna Parish USA
Shelvie Marie Fernan Philippines
Sherine Isaac Grenada
Sina Dione USA
Sofia Taras
Suzanne Markland USA
Tanja Farr USA
Tavelle  Cox USA
Theresa Joseph Grenada
Timothy Yan USA
Tyler Campbell USA
Valerie  Kham Canada
Veronica Sala Italy
William Youngblood USA
Yameli  Carrillo Peru
Yashica Singh India
Yen Chi Le Vietnam
Zachary  Nichol Canada
Zargham Muhammad USA
Zipporah Ndung’U Kenya
Faella, Alessia

Kimberly Nesper USA
Jazmin Campos USA
Henrik  Mertens Germany
Yevheniy Frankiv Ukraine
Blerta  Berisha Italy
Maddalena Dulio Italy
Simone Del’Oca Italy
Alex Mbaka Kenya
Angelica Saliv Italy
Chiara Maria Italy
Gianluca Sampaolo Italy
Lorenzo Strolla Italy
Tubinisso Iakubaeva Italy
HALINA MAKOUSKAYA Bielorussia
Loula Boye Ghana


 icon-list TENTATIVE PROGRAM

The Selection Phase

Friday, March 2, 2018

  • Initial invitation: Invitations sent to the best X-Culture graduates (students whose performance in X-Culture was rated in to 10% will received the initial invitations; about 45,000 students have participated in X-Culture over the years, so approximately 4,500 will be invited to apply to attend the Symposium.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • Application: The invited students have until 11:59 pm (EST), Saturday, April 14, 2018 to apply.

Monday, April 9, 2018

  • Selection: Not everyone from the Top 10% group will apply. We expect approximately 500 applications from the initial pool. The applications will be reviewed and 150 students will receive the formal invitation to the Symposium. The preference will be given to the students with the best performance records (highest peer evaluations, best reports, most insightful comments, best results on the tests) and students with the strongest applications (best recommendations, intent statement, etc.). We will also try to maximize the group diversity, so students from under-represented countries may be given a little preference. Members of winning teams and students who went through the Coaching Program will be given top priority and will be automatically included in the final group of 150.
  • Final Decisions: The final list of 150 attendees (approximately Top 0.3% of all X-Culture participants) will be finalized by April 16 and all applicants will be informed of the decision on their application. The 150 students will receive a formal invitation letters that they can use to apply for the Italian visa or to ask for a leave from work (if needed). Also, if requested, they will receive support letters that they can present to potential sponsors if they need to ask for financial support. Students not included in the final Top 150 group will be ranked and put on a waiting list.

Monday, April 30

  • Registration: The 150 selected attendees will have until 11:59 pm (EST), Monday, April 30, 2018 to register for the event (pay the registration fee). If any of the students from the group of 150 fail to register by this deadline, their spot to the next person on the waiting list.

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

  • Teams formed

 

Monday, June 4, 2018 

  •  Company Challenges released

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • International teams formed and preparation for international challenge begins
  • Plan on communicating with your international team regularly during this month before the meeting in Macerata
  • Your team should be arriving in Macerata with a preliminary solution which will likely require 2-5 hours of work per week during this month

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

  • 12:00 – 17:00 Arrive, check in at the University of Macerata on-campus housing
  • 19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception
  • 21:30 Opera Viewing – “The Magic Flute” by Mozart

 

Monday, July 30, 2018

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Tour of the University of Macerata campus
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Tour of the City
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Introduction to Faculty & meet your Challenge Company
  • Dinner on your own

 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Field Trip to Local Company
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Field Trip to Local Company
  • Dinner on your own

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Conference/Lectures (2/3 Tracks)
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
  • Team time
  • Dinner on your own

 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Conference/Lectures (2/3 Tracks)
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
  • Team time
  • Dinner on your own

 

Friday, August 3, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Resume/Elevator Pitch/ Interview Competitions
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Challenge Presentations
  • 19:00 – 24:00 Farewell Gala & Awards

 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Departures (No later than 12:00!)

 


RESEARCH HACKATHON &  X-CULTURE MASTER FACULTY CERTIFICATION TRAINING

For X-Culture Instructors only. By invitation only.

RESEARCH HACKATHON: Every day, a few hours will be devoted to the research activities. While the students are preparing their presentations, the instructors participating in the hackathon will brainstorm paper ideas and start working on developing papers.

The X-Culture data will be shared with the Research Hackathon attendees 1 month before the event so that they can start preparing and developing their paper ideas.

MASTER X-CULTURE FACULTY CERTIFICATION: Additionally, faculty will have the opportunity to be in the first cohort to earn “X-Culture Master Faculty Certification”, included in the faculty registration cost.

X-Culture Master Faculty Certification Workshop Duration: Total of four (4) hours of continuing education hours. The schedule will allow faculty to also participate in the Hackathon and other symposium activities.

Upon successful completion of this multi-day program, participants will be awarded X-Culture Faculty Certification status. This credential provides:

  • X-Culture-recognized status for use in your professional endeavors
  • Access to the X-Culture Certified Faculty Community
  • Networking and professional development opportunities

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Data release, start reviewing the available data and thinking about possible studies

Sunday, July 29, 2018

  • 12:00 – 17:00 Arrive, check in at the University of Macerata on-campus housing
  • 19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception
  • 21:30 Opera Viewing – “The Magic Flute” by Mozart

Monday, July 30, 2018

  • 09:00 – 10:00AM Tour of the University of Macerata campus
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Tour of the City
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Introduction to Faculty & meet your Challenge Company
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Research Hackathon
  • 15:30 – 16:30 X-Culture Faculty Training
  • Dinner on your own

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Field Trip to Local Company
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Field Trip to Local Company
  • Dinner on your own

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Conference/Lectures (2/3 Tracks)
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00 X-Culture Faculty Training
  • 15:15 – 16:45 Research Hackathon
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, August 2, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Conference/Lectures (2/3 Tracks)
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00 X-Culture Faculty Training
  • 15:15 – 16:45 Research Hackathon
  • Dinner on your own

Friday, August 3, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Resume/Elevator Pitch/ Interview Competitions
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Challenge Presentations
  • 19:00 – 24:00 Farewell Gala & Awards

Saturday, August 4, 2018

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Departures (No later than 12:00!)


 icon-money COSTS, STUDENTS

The X-Culture Symposium student participation fee is $895, which covers:

  • Registration
  • 6 nights lodging at the University of Macerata 
  • Welcome dinner
  • Gala dinner at the Award Ceremony
  • 5 lunches
  • One full day of bus transportation to the local companies
  • The conference welcome and printed materials
  • X-Culture Symposium Participation Certificates and recommendation letters commenting on your completion of the career development workshops.

icon-money COSTS, FACULTY

The X-Culture Symposium participation fee is $895, which covers:

  • Registration
  • 6 nights lodging at the University of Macerata 
  • All meals, including:
    • Welcome dinner
    • Gala dinner at the Award Ceremony
    • 5 lunches
  • One full day of bus transportation to the local companies
  • The conference welcome and printed materials
  • X-Culture Symposium Participation Certificates and recommendation letters commenting on your completion of the continuing education workshops.
  • There are a limited number of hotel rooms available as an out of pocket cost. 

 


 CORPORATE SPONSORS

$5000.00 Platinum sponsorship:

  • Official sponsor of Italy 2018 Conference and Symposium
  • Full page Ad in program
  • Logo on bag giveaway
  • Opportunity to set up a table at all event opportunities
  • Logo on X-Culture website and conference and symposium info page through August 4th, 2018
  • Social media recognition as applicable
  • Participate in all activities during the symposium in Macerata, Italy (value of $895)
  • 6 nights in one standard hotel room per sponsor (opportunity to upgrade upon request for an additional charge)
  • Serve as a judge for one or more of the business competitions and participate in panel discussions.
  • If available, companies can reserve additional hotel rooms at their own expense.

 icon-dollar PERSONAL EXPENSES

The students will be paying on their own for:

  • Travel to Macerata (airfare or other, could be very cheap for students in Italy and neighboring countries, up to a few hundred dollars for students in more distant countries, to over a thousand dollars for international travelers)
  • Italy visa processing fee (if required, costs varies by country)
  • Dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sunday and Friday included in the participation fee)
  • Breakfast on your own, dormitories will have minimal appliances
  • Other personal expenses (souvenirs, etc.)
  • Pre or post conference sightseeing and other activities (Italy is a world-renowned tourist destination that offers a huge variety of sightseeing options, the only limit being your budget and time)

 icon-plane  TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

The closes airport to the University of Macerata is Ancona.
However, it may be cheaper to fly to Rome, San Marino, Naples, Bologna, or Naples. These are bigger airports that are not too far. Flying to these bigger airports and then buying a bus/train ticket to Macerata may be cheaper than flying to Ancona.

If you are flying to Ancona,

1) aero-bus http://aeroportomarche.regione.marche.it/Viaggiatori/Come-raggiungerci/Aerobus-Raffaello
that goes straight to Ancona main railway station (26 minutes) and from there take a train to Macerata (60 minutes).
The timing of trains and tickets can be found on the official website: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

 

If you are landing in Rome, you have two options:

1) a train from Fiumicino airport to Macerata; it takes around 6 hours and a half: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
2)  a bus at the airport: the timing of buses and tickets can be found https://www.romamarchelinee.it/orari/ It takes 5 hours and a half.

 


Special thanks to the following organizations for their assistance in finding corporate partners.

 
APPLICATION CLOSED