HIVE Study Trek Information

The HIVE (Harvard GSE Innovation & Ventures in Education) Trek is an organized trip to various innovative organizations and schools in and around Silicon Valley, California. In the past we have met with large companies like Google, Apple, and IDEO, as well as smaller organizations, such as Minerva and Alt School. While the meetings with organizations are pre-arranged by HIVE staff, the overall trip will be shaped and driven by the interest of participants.

The application for the Trek is now live! Apply by Monday, 2/6, at


For details from our 1/31 info session, please see

The HIVE Silicon Valley Trek is an opportunity to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area with a group of Harvard peers who are excited about educational entrepreneurship and innovation. We will be meeting with representatives from start-ups, innovative schools, established companies, funders, and more.
Who is going?
Current students from any of the Harvard schools.

Why go?
If you’re interested in working in Silicon Valley next year or want to understand more about educational innovation, particularly in tech, the Trek will be a great way to learn about what’s happening in the Bay Area. You’ll get to hear directly from leading companies, meet other entrepreneurs, and connect with others passionate about improving education.

When is it happening?
Spring break, March 13 – 17. We will try to compress visits into March 13-15, but they may extend through the week depending on company availability.

What am I responsible for?
HIVE will facilitate the visits. This means we (or a subset of Trekkers) will use our contacts to reach out to companies to coordinate the goals and logistics of a visit and share the schedule with Trekkers. You will be representing Harvard University as someone seeking to learn about the education landscape in the Bay Area. We will work to offer recommendations for group accommodations, transportation, etc., but you will be responsible for your own travel planning. We are pursuing some funding to reduce costs but you should plan to cover your own expenses.


Silicon Valley Study Trek 2016 Recap!

Thank you to the HIVE Trekkers and our organizational hosts for an inspiring and informative week in the Silicon Valley! Also a big thanks to our amazing Study Trek organizers and leaders, Madeline, Tania, and Joanna.

See the stories our Trekkers wrote about the trip and the organizations we visited, a list of all our destinations below, and search the #HIVE_HGSE and #HGSEtrek hashtags on twitter, instagram, and facebook to live vicariously through our Trekkers.

2016 Study Trek Company & School Visits
Our Trekkers Blog Posts About The 2016 Trip