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2017 Winners

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2018 Global E Challenge Agenda



Thursday, August 16 –

  • Attendees fly into the Washington Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia, for a two-day trip in Washington, D.C., August 16-18.
  • 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. 
  • 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 “Global Entrepreneur Challenge” hotel room block, and have your passport identification and credit card available. 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 16-18 only.

Friday, August 17 –

  • Breakfast provided.
  • Leave hotel by chartered bus for networking and sightseeing opportunities in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall.
  • Lunch provided.
  • Continued afternoon sightseeing and tours in Washington, D.C.
  • Dinner social and chartered bus back to the hotel.
  • Attendees can enjoy the evening on their own. 

Saturday, August 18 –

  • Breakfast provided.
  • Check-out of Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel and load luggage on the chartered bus arranged by Apex Center. 
  • Informal half-day of sightseeing in Washington, D.C.
  • Group tour of Capitol Hill.
  • Lunch on the National Mall.
  • Chartered bus leaves from Washington, D.C. at 2:00 p.m. to Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Dinner on the bus, with arrival time  around 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.
  • Arrival at The Inn at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg. Students are picked up their host families at the main hotel entrance and University Track attendees can check into their hotel for the event week. 



Sunday, August 19 –

  • Enjoy the day with your host family to relax, explore, and experience local shopping, the great outdoors, and the surrounding region. 

Monday, August 20 –

  • Networking opportunities and team building activities. 
  • Kick-off lunch and introductions to host companies at 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon to receive presentation coaching from local technology based companies. 
  • Informal welcome dinner for all global attendees. 

Tuesday, August 21 –

  • Virginia Tech campus highlights.
  • Lunch with host company.
  • Afternoon to receive additional presentation coaching. 
  • Dinner social with Virginia Tech students. 

Wednesday, August 22 –

  • Teams have the day to prepare for the Challenge by practicing their presentation and making any final revisions to it.  The President's Suite, in Lane Stadium, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for students to work in. 
  • Lunch provided. 
  • Afternoon audio visual test in the President's Suite for teams to check their presentations. Individual audio visual tests will be scheduled per team to use the equipment and check their presentation, in an open forum with all other teams present.
  • 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 at Lane Stadium and dinner with your host(s). 

Thursday, August 23 –

  • Global Entrepreneur Challenge in the President's Suite of Lane Stadium. Lunch provided for global event attendees.
  • Awards banquet and celebration at The German Club with host families.
  • Attendees can enjoy the evening on their own in Downtown Blacksburg.

Friday, August 24 –

  • Excursion - stay tuned! 

Saturday, August 25 –

  • Departure from host family residence and students are responsible for arranging their  personal transportation reservations from the host's home to the airport they are flying out of. The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is about a one hour commute away from Blacksburg; otherwise, you can depart from whichever airport best suits your travel plans.