Published on February 4, 2014
The Challenge Festival May 10-17, 2014
Overview The Challenge Festival is a week-long conference and competition in the US Capital focused on bringing together entrepreneurs, executives, policymakers, investors, social innovators, technologists, and creatives who are tackling the grand challenges facing our world. The Festival is a series of hundreds of distributed events powered by the community complemented by our core conference programming and parties. The centerpiece of the Festival is the Challenge Cup, a global competition to identify the most promising startups tackling our greatest challenges. Over the course of the week, 64 startups from around the world will compete to determine the winner of the Challenge Cup. DCWEEK 2012—the predecessor to the Challenge Festival—included over 10,000 attendees from around the world and was presented by Ford.
1776 and the Challenge Cup
What is 1776? A few blocks from the White House, 1776 is an incubator focused on startups tackling grand challenges in education, health, energy, transportation, and cities. Launched in April 2013, we have exploded to include over 190 incredible startups who collectively generated over $126 million in revenue in 2013.
What is the Challenge Cup? Starting in September 2013, we took our movement on the road. We are travelling to 16 startup hubs around the world, searching for the most promising startups tackling our biggest challenges. At the end of our journey, more than 3,000 attendees will have seen over 350 startups compete (out of over 1,200 applications).
What is the Challenge Cup? At the Challenge Festival in May 2014, the 64 best startups in education, health, energy, and smart cities will come to Washington, DC to compete for the Challenge Cup. Joining them will be corporate executives, investors, policymakers, and media from their countries.
Who are these entrepreneurs? Brilliant, inspiring women and men like these—veterans, surgeons, teachers, engineers, students—changing the world with their creativity, passion, and perseverance.
The Challenge Festival
OPENING NIGHT PARTY – May 10 from 7pm until the wee hours The Opening Night party will make DC rock by showcasing emerging DC bands. At DCWEEK 2012, 22,000 fans voted over 45,000 times to select the 8 hottest bands to perform.
CHALLENGE FESTIVAL CONFERENCE – May 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 from 11am to 2pm Lunchtime throughout the week will feature panels and talks by global leaders. Each day will focus on a different sector of the economy: Startups, Corporations, Social Ventures, Capital Markets, and Government.
THE CHALLENGE CUP COMPETITION – May 12, 13, 14, 15 & 17 from 3pm to 6pm Each day a different category of startup competes: Education, Health, Energy & Smart Cities. It all comes together Saturday with the Elite Eight competing to win the Cup.
EVENING GALAS – May 12, 13, 14 & 15 from 7pm onward Each evening will feature a party at signature venues like Ambassadors’ Residences. Each party will integrate demos from startups competing in each challenge area: Education, Health, Energy, and Cities.
KEYNOTES – May 16 from 7pm to 9:30pm On Friday night, the Challenge Festival will feature keynote addresses by some of the leading thinkers in the world in Education, Health, Energy, Transportation, Cities, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy.
CLOSING NIGHT BASH presented by iStrategyLabs – May 17 from 7pm until whenever The Challenge Festival will wrap up with an epic Closing Night Bash presented by iStrategyLabs. The DCWEEK 2012 closing night party drew over 3,000 people!
Challenge Festival Schedule Saturday May 10 Monday May 12 Tuesday May 13 Wednesday May 14 Thursday May 15 Friday May 16 Saturday May 17 Community Events Community Events Community Events Community Events Community Events Community Events Community Events Community Events Conference: Grand Challenges: The Rise of Startups Conference: The Corporate Revolution Conference: Accelerating Impact Conference: Returns on Capital Union Market Morning Before 11am Sunday May 11 IdeaSpace WeWork The Newseum Lunchtime 11am to 2pm Community Events Tournament: Education Evening 7pm onward Opening Night Party 1776 VIP Pizza Party Challenge Cup Finalists US Chamber Tournament: Energy Tournament: Health Studio Theatre (Tentative) Studio Theatre (Tentative) Studio Theatre (Tentative) Tournament: Challenge Cup Finals Tournament: Smart Cities Studio Theatre (Tentative) 3pm to 6pm The Startup Government US Chamber Community Events Late Afternoon Community Events Education Gala UK Ambassador (Tentative) Energy Gala German Ambassador (Tentative) Health Gala Mansion at O (Tentative) Smart Cities Gala St. Elizabeth’s Pavilion (Tentative) VIP Reception TBD Lincoln Theatre (Tentative) iStrategyLabs Closing Night Bash Confidential and Trade Secret TBD TBD Keynotes
Conference Schedule Monday May 12 Tuesday May 13 Wednesday May 14 Thursday May 14 Friday May 15 Theme Grand Challenges: The Rise of the Startups The Corporate Revolution Accelerating Impact Returns on Capital The Startup Government Focus Startups The corporate community Foundations and nonprofits The capital markets Policymakers and government Topics Rethinking education for lifelong learning How corporations are tackling grand challenges Foundations and impact investing Evolution of venture capital and angel investing Federal policies to accelerate innovation Personalized medicine: the digital revolution The future of energy: distributed production, distributed behavior Cities, sensors, and empowered citizens Evolving approaches to corporate R&D Successful models for corporate-startup cooperation Open innovation and changing corporate culture What non-profits are learning from startups Foundations as startup investors How startups, social ventures, government, and foundations can collaborate to maximize impact The rise of the crowd Policy implications of “over the horizon” innovations Social impact bonds Evolution of impact investing and conscious capitalism How cities can grow their startup ecosystems Startups disrupting cities What government Confidential and Trade Secret agencies can learn from startups
Challenge Festival Badges We have a variety of Badges available to attend the Challenge Festival. Purchase your Badge at: challengefestival.eventbrite.com. Badge Benefits Cost VIP Platinum benefits plus invitation to VIP reception prior to keynotes. By Invitation Platinum Access to opening night party, closing night party, evening galas, conferences, keynotes, Challenge Cup category finals, and the Challenge Cup global finals. Access for one guest to opening party, galas, and closing party. Line cuts at keynote night, opening party, and closing party. Access to all community events. $500 Gold Access to opening night party, closing night party, conferences, keynotes, the Challenge Cup Category Finals, and the Challenge Cup Global Finals. Line cuts at keynote night, opening party, and closing party. Access to all community events. $200 Silver Access to opening night party, closing night party, keynotes, Challenge Cup Category Finals, and the Challenge Cup Global Finals. Access to all community events. $75 Bronze Access to community events. Free A La Carte Opening party Conferences Startup Government Conference Keynotes Challenge Cup Category Tournaments Challenge Cup Global Finals Closing Party Evening Galas $20 $20 $30 $20 $25 $30 $20 By Invitation
The Legacy of DCWEEK
What was DCWEEK? Produced by iStrategyLabs and TechCocktail in 2010, 2011, and 2012, DCWEEK was a week-long festival each fall that celebrated creative endeavors across Washington, DC. With parties, conferences, community events, and hackathons, DCWEEK engaged significant audiences in the region and nationally. DCWEEK 2012 Metrics Attendees: 12,400 Entrepreneurs: 3,394 Bloggers: 2,505 Creatives: 2,404 Developers: 4,222 Makers: 451 Investors: 205 Female: 45% Average Age: 33 DC, Maryland & Virginia: 95% Bay Area and NYC: 514 Origins of Foreign Attendees: Japan, Mongolia, China, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Brazil, and several EU countries
What was DCWEEK? Every year, DCWEEK owned the buzz cycle leading into a week of amazing events.
Why has DCWEEK merged into the Challenge Festival? For 2014, 1776, iStrategyLabs, and TechCocktail decided to bring the Challenge Cup and DCWEEK together into the Challenge Festival, bringing a more global and entrepreneurial focus to the week. 12,000+ attendees Touring the world
The 1776 Community
How do people hear about us? In less than nine months, 1776 and the Challenge Cup have generated significant buzz across the DC region and globally. We receive regular coverage in publications like PandoDaily, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg.
How do we connect with communities around the world? 1776 has a global network of community partners that help us to connect and promote the Challenge Festival within cities around the world—from organizations like the Global Accelerator Network and Global Entrepreneurship Week to leading incubators like 1871, Capital Factory, Digital October, and Betahaus.
Who is already sponsoring the Challenge Festival? The Challenge Festival is attracting a marquee group of sponsors including the US Chamber of Commerce, the City of DC, Microsoft, Pearson, Booz Allen Hamilton, and American Airlines.
Sponsorship Opportunities The Challenge Festival is run by seasoned entrepreneurs, marketers, and product developers, accustomed to building digital and experiential campaigns for some of the world’s biggest (and smallest) brands. Our a la carte and custom sponsorship packages are provided for your consideration—we prefer to tailor each sponsorship to meet your brand’s needs. From branding opportunities for less than $1,000 to a Festival-wide “presenting sponsor” opportunity for $125,000, we have a variety of ways to engage. Just get in touch and we’ll explore how best to help you leverage the Challenge Festival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you immediately.
The Challenge Festival http://challengecup.1776dc.com/festival
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