Washington, DC
July 18 – 20, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) is the third in a collaborative series sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The 2017 GGCS will be held in conjunction with the inaugural K–12 FIRST Global Challenge.

The 2017 Summit aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. It will focus on the four themes of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living, as well as Education, and Public Engagement related to the Grand Challenges.

Grand Challenges

In 2008 an expert committee of the NAE selected 14 major Grand Challenges for Engineering whose solutions were considered critical to the future well-being of humanity and the planet. The Grand Challenges range from advances to ensure sustainable life on the planet, to improving health outcomes for individuals through engineering, to addressing threats to our security generated by humans or nature, to engineering that amazes us in the way it improves our quality of life. At the Summit, we will hear about sustainability efforts in China, bioengineering advances in the UK and US and efforts to advance the human experience through virtual reality and artificial intelligence. We will hear about education and public engagement related to the Grand Challenges as well. Throughout the Summit there will be ample time for audience engagement, discussion and networking.


Click HERE to read more about the Grand Challenges.

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Washington DC

George Washington University



Know Before You Go

Getting to GGCS

Located in the urban heart of Washington, DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, George Washington University is easily accessible by public transit, by ride sharing apps like Lyft or Uber and by local taxi cab companies. To learn more about the Washington Metro system, CLICK HERE.
The Metrorail station closest to GGCS is the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station, located on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.


Event Transportation

All official GGCS hotels will either have a shuttle stop or be located a short walk from a shuttle stop at a nearby hotel. Additional information about shuttles from your accommodations to GGCS can be found at the front desk of the building, under FAQs in the event app, and at the GGCS registration desk, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GWU Marvin Center.


Pre-Summit Activities

The FIRST Global Robotics Competition, DAR Constitution Hall

Student Day Business Model Competition, NAS Building

“How to Change the World” Student Event, NAS Building


Connect to GGCS

The GGCS Event App the best way to connect to content and fellow attendees while at GGCS. Check back soon for details on how to download this free app.


Registration Desk Hours

Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GWU Marvin Center

800 21st Street, NW

Tuesday, July 18               9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19        7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, July 20             7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The registration area also includes a technical assistance desk, to help with any mobile app and internet challenges.

Please let the GGCS staff know if you need any assistance during the above hours. If you have an emergency and need assistance after the GGCS registration desk is closed, please call the GGCS staff at +1.828.575.5730.


Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, CLICK HERE to view the frequently asked questions



Livestream GGCS

GGCS 2017 is going to be livestreamed!

•   How to watch the livestream:

The live video stream of the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit will be available starting on Wednesday, July 19th.

•   Hours of the livestream:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017:
8:15 - 10:30 AM
11:10 - 11:55 AM
1:45  - 3:05 PM
3:45 - 5:45 PM

Thursday, July 20, 2017:
8:15 - 9:45 AM
10:20 - 12:25 PM
1:55 - 4:35 PM

Note: All Times are Eastern Standard 

•   Link to livestream:

CLICK HERE to tune in to GGCS 2017 live


Due to overwhelming response, registration for the Global Grand Challenges Summit has reached capacity and is now closed.

Please check back soon for details about the GGCS2017 livestream.