11 - 14 oct

The 2019 event will take place from October 11th – 14th. As in the previous years, students will be broken into teams blending from first year to graduate level, with diverse disciplines on each team, and tasked with tackling a challenging global problem. Teams work Friday through Sunday, and present in a science fair-style finale on Monday morning.

This Year’s Challenge
This year we will be developing diverse concepts around the idea of Civility as a core value.

Why do Nexus Maximus VI?
This is an opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues – faculty, students, and industry partners – to develop new innovations for healthy communities; a great opportunity to apply innovation tools, collaborate and learn from diverse peers.

What is Civility?
Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.
– Tomas Spath and Cassandra Dahnke, Founders, Institute for Civility in Government


"Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. It is political in the sense that it is a necessary prerequisite for civic action. But it is political, too, in the sense that it is about negotiating interpersonal power such that everyone’s voice is heard, and nobody’s is ignored. And civility begins with us."


Friday is all about building a team and isolating opportunities

8:00AM – to 9AM – Check-in Gallagher Athletic Center

9:15AM – Kickoff – Brief detail

10AM – Mandatory Meeting and Team Building

11AM to 5PM – Opportunity finding | Design brief/plan of action/proposal

Workshops run from 11AM to 2:30PM DEC Center Forum

11:00 – 11:30 AM Presenter: 
Wayne Bond Lau, MD, FAAEM FACEP

11:30 – 12:00NOON   Presenter: 
Eric Schneider, MPhil, BFA

12:00 – 12:30 PM Presenter: 
Les M. Sztandera, Ph.D.

12:30 – 1:00 PM Presenter:
Wendy Anderson, Technical Associate

1:00 – 1:30PM Presenter: 
Omar Ramirez

1:30 – 2:00PM Presenter: 
Irina Stoyneva, Ph.D.

4PM to 6PM Rapid read out – DEC Center – 2nd Floor

6PM to 10PM – Respond/plan/propose again

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Saturday is all about refining a concept

10AM to 4PM – Student teams begin work | Concept proposal development

Workshops run from 10AM until 11:30 PM.

10:00 – 10:30 Presenter:
Piotr Palka

10:30 – 11:30
5 Minutes on the Mike with Mike!

11:30 – 12:00 Presenter:
Tiina Tuulos

4PM to 6PM – Review with faculty – DEC Center – 2nd Floor

6PM to 10PM – Respond/plan/propose again

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Sunday is all about detailing and delivering a new idea proposal

10AM to 4PM – Regroup and reassign tasks | Conceptual refinement

4PM to 5PM – Milestone Review

6PM to 10PM – Respond/refine/propose again

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Monday is all about delivering your idea

10AM – Final work details and set up for poster session presentations

11AM to 1PM – Present! Gallagher Athletic Center

1PM to 2PM – Awards Ceremony with refreshments

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“I had a great time at Nexus Maximus, where I met people from different countries and cultures. We collaborated and worked on finding problems, and the next four days on developing a solution to it. I also made new friends and connections, all leading to a very enriching experience.”

John Rodrigues, Thomas Jefferson University

From our

Some of the projects, students presented last year


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