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2017 Winners

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2016 University Track Agenda


Thursday, August 11

Friday, August 12 –

  • Continental breakfast at Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.
  • Chartered bus provided by VT KnowledgeWorks from the hotel to Washington, D.C.
  • Tours and sightseeing in Washington, D.C.
  • Dinner at a museum, and chartered bus back to the hotel.

Saturday, August 13 –

  • Continental breakfast at hotel.
  • Check-out of Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel and load luggage on the chartered bus arranged by VT KnowledgeWorks.
  • Informal half-day of sightseeing in Washington D.C.
  • Group tour of Capitol Hill at 12:45 p.m.
  • Chartered bus leaves from Washington D.C. at 2:00 p.m. to Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Dinner on the bus, with arrival time between 7:30-8:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg.
  • Check-in with your personal reservations previously arranged at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

Sunday, August 14 –

  • Free day to relax and enjoy Blacksburg and the surrounding region. Student teams will be enjoying the day with their host families.  There will be an informal afternoon soccer game at 4:00 p.m. and social for student teams with the leadership of the Innovate Living-Learning Community of Virginia Tech. A food truck will be available for student teams and their host families to purchase their dinner from Thai This Food Truck, if you care to join them for the game and/or food truck.



Sunday, August 14 –

  • Arrive and check into hotel.

Monday, August 15 –

  • Morning free to schedule individual meetings with Virginia Tech leaders. Contact the VTKW Staff for scheduling assistance.
  • Kick-off lunch and introductions.
  • Tour of Goodwin Hall of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering from 2:15-3:15 p.m.
  • Afternoon free, with the option to arrange individual meetings with Virginia Tech leaders. Contact the VTKW Staff for scheduling assistance.
  • Informal welcome dinner with student teams and host families at the Wikiteria Market and Café.

Tuesday, August 16 –

  • Global Partnership Roundtable - networking and exploring research and education collaborations.
  • Luncheon at The Inn at Virginia Tech.
  • Global Partnership Roundtable continued until 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 17 –

  • Half-day excursion for University Track participants provided and arranged by VT KnowledgeWorks. Overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant.
  • Return by 2:00 p.m.; afternoon free for individual meetings or to assist your team during their audiovisual test appointment and/or preparing for the Challenge.
  • Private dinner at 6:00 p.m. at VT KnowledgeWorks Executive Director's house, Jim Flowers.

Thursday, August 18 –

  • Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge at The Inn at Virginia Tech.
  • Awards banquet at The Inn at Virginia Tech.
  • After party celebration.

Friday, August 19 –

  • Bus to Roanoke and check into The Hotel Roanoke.
  • Visit downtown Roanoke attractions and informal lunch.
  • Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception at The Hotel Roanoke.
  • Opportunities to visit downtown Roanoke bars and restaurants at your leisure.
  • Overnight at The Hotel Roanoke.

Saturday, August 20 –

  • Attendees need to check out of The Hotel Roanoke no later than 11:00 a.m.  All attendees are responsible for arranging their personal transportation reservations from the hotel to the airport they are flying out of. The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is just 10 minutes away from The Hotel Roanoke; otherwise, you can depart from whichever airport best suits your travel plans.