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2017 Winners

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2017 Student Track Agenda

Thanks to our generous sponsors, participating students will incur no food or lodging expenses, while enjoying the following activities and events during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership event.

Thursday, August 17 –

  • Student teams fly into the Washington Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia, for a two-day trip in Washington, D.C., August 17-19.
  • Attendees arrange their own transportation from the Washington Dulles International Airport to the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.  Review the ground transportation options available from the airport.  For a convenient, economical connection between the Dulles Airport Main Terminal to the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, attendees can use the Silver Line Express Bus from the airport to the metro station. From the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail, take the Silver Line towards Largo Town Center and get off at the Ballston Metro stop.  Access the map (.pdf) of the Ballston Metro stop to the hotel, by foot. Due to possible metro line work in the spring/summer, check for metro delays prior to making your arrangements from the airport to the Westin Arlington Gateway.
  • Attendees check-in to the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. No formal activities planned, in light of this being a travel day.  Check in with your name at the front desk, under the “VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event” hotel room block, and have your passport identification and credit card available.  All students will be sharing a room with another member from within their team. You will need to present a credit card for any hotel room service or incidental charges made to your room during your stay.  You will not be charged for the cost of the hotel room itself for August 17-19 only.

Friday, August 18 –

  • All attendees should meet in the main lobby at 7:45 a.m. of the Westin Arlington Gateway to walk over to Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington. Departure by 7:50 a.m.
  • Breakfast provided by Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development at 8:00 a.m.
  • Panel through 9:45 a.m., facilitated by Afroze Mohammed, Associate Director of Strategic Alliances, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development.
  • Chartered bus provided by VT KnowledgeWorks to Washington, D.C., for sightseeing on the National Mall.
  • Lunch at 1776 at 1:30 p.m., located at 2231 Crystal Drive, #1000 (10th floor), in Arlington. 
  • 1776 overview and “Insights on Starting Up” discussion until 2:40 p.m.
  • Bus departure at 2:45 p.m. to the National Mall for afternoon sightseeing in Washington, D.C.
  • Dinner and chartered bus back to the hotel.
  • Attendees can enjoy the evening on their own. Refer to the Event Resources Guide (pdf), http://vtkwglobal.com/2017/resources, and click on “Transportation Recommendations,” as well as “Explore Washington, D.C.” from the table of contents for suggestions on where to go and how to get there.

Saturday, August 19 –

  • Light breakfast at hotel provided by VT KnowledgeWorks from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
  • Check-out of Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel and load luggage on the chartered bus arranged by VT KnowledgeWorks by 9:00 a.m. Bus departure at 9:05 a.m.
  • Group tour of U.S. Capitol Hill at 10:10 a.m.
  • Informal sightseeing in Washington, D.C.
  • Lunch on the National Mall provided by VT KnowledgeWorks.
  • 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.  Event attendees will need to use $10-$15 of their personal spending money to order carryout food to eat on the bus for the trip to Blacksburg.
  • Host family picks up student(s) at The Inn at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg. Host families will be informed of our group arrival time to The Inn at Virginia Tech by checking for updates posted to Facebook: www.facebook.com/vtknowledgeworks, between 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 20 –

  • Students enjoy the day with their host families and prepare for the event week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. This would be a great day to do some souvenir shopping and/or enjoy the outdoors.

Monday, August 21 –

  • Team building excercise led by Barry L. O’Donnell at 10:30 a.m. at Custom Catering Center, in Blacksburg, and presentation made by VT KnowledgeWorks Executive Director, Jim Flowers.
  • Kick-off lunch and introduction to host companies at 12:30 p.m.
  • Presentation coaching with host companies for the remaining afternoon.
  • Informal welcome dinner with event attendees at the Wikiteria Market and Café at 5:30 p.m.
  • Host family picks up student(s) at the the Wikiteria Market and Café, 1715 Pratt Drive, in Blacksburg, at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 22 –

  • Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech campus, and Lane Stadium tours starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Host companies take their student teams out to lunch.
  • Teams spend the afternoon working on their presentations at the host company site and receive more presentation coaching.
  • Host companies drop off their team between 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Squires Student Center, located at 290 College Avenue, on the Virginia Tech campus.  Students can be dropped off at the main Squires Student Center entrance off of College Avenue.
  • Social with other Virginia Tech students at the BreakZONE/EndZONE in Squires Student Center, including snacks, drinks, music, bowling, and more.
  • Pizza dinner at Mellow Mushroom at 207 South Main Street, in Downtown Blacksburg at 8:00 p.m.
  • Host families pick up student(s) after dinner outside the main entrance of Mellow Mushroom at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23 –

  • Teams have the day to prepare for the Challenge by practicing their presentation and making any final revisions to it.  The Alumni Assembly Hall, in The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for students to work in. Wi-fi available in Alumni Assembly Hall.
  • Students enjoy lunch sponsored by Panera Bread at Goodwin Hall (Virginia Tech College of Engineering), as well as tour the facility.
  • Afternoon audio visual test in Alumni Assembly Hall for teams to check their presentations. Individual audio visual tests will be scheduled per team.
  • Teams have the option of exploring the Virginia Tech campus and/or Downtown Blacksburg at their leisure throughout the day.
  • Pick up by host families outside the main entrance doors of the Holtzman Alumni Center of The Inn at Virginia Tech, at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner with host families.

Thursday, August 24 –

  • Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge in Alumni Assembly Hall, at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center. Lunch provided for global event attendees. Challenge lasts from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Host families drop off students no later than 7:45 a.m.; pick up at 4:15 a.m., outside the main entrance doors of the Holtzman Alumni Center of The Inn at Virginia Tech.
  • Awards banquet and celebration at The Inn at Virginia Tech with host families at 6:30 p.m.
  • Attendees can enjoy the evening on their own in Downtown Blacksburg or see a free movie on the Drillfield, located on the Virginia Tech campus.  Transportation to either location will be provided by students' host families. For Downtown Blacksburg, host families will drop off their student(s) at PK’s Bar & Grill located at 432 N Main Street, Blacksburg.  PK’s accepts those that are 18 and over with a valid picture ID. Please bring your passport to enter and spending money if you wish to purchase alcohol. All bars in Downtown Blacksburg require a picture ID to enter.
  • Students should meet outside of PK’s Bar & Grill at 12:30 a.m. for Hooptie Shuttles paid for and arranged by VT KnowledgeWorks back to their host family's residence.  The shuttles will depart at 12:30 a.m. Students are required to utilize these shuttles to return to their host family residence by 1:00 a.m.

Friday, August 25 –

  • Host family drops their student off at The Inn at Virginia Tech main hotel entrance to load chartered bus to Roanoke at 9:15 a.m.  Bus departure at 9:30 a.m.
  • Bus to Roanoke and check into The Hotel Roanoke.
  • Visit downtown Roanoke attractions and informal lunch.
  • Closing celebration and reception at The Hotel Roanoke.
  • Opportunities to visit downtown Roanoke nightlife attractions at your leisure.
  • Overnight at The Hotel Roanoke (provided and arranged by VT KnowledgeWorks for teams).

Saturday, August 26 –

  • 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. Refer to the Event Resources Guide (pdf), http://vtkwglobal.com/2017/resources, and click on “Transportation Recommendations” to learn more about transportation methods out of Roanoke to the city/state you are departing out of.