Frequently Asked Questions
Need answers? Check the FAQs below for more details about GGCS.
Preparing for GGCS 2017
July is hot and humid in Washington DC. Business casual dress is suggested – lightweight slacks and short-sleeved, collared shirts. Jackets are not required for evening receptions. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
July is the hottest month of the year in Washington, DC. The average high is 87°F (31 °C); the average low is 68°F (20 °C).
Your registration includes access to all sessions held in Lisner Auditorium and University Yard. Registration also includes the Summit Opening Reception on July 18, breakfast, breaks and lunch at University Yard on July 19 and July 20, and the All GGCS Attendee Reception on July 19 at the US Institute of Peace.
The GGCS Event App is a great resource for up-to-the-minute information about the event. Check back soon for details on how to download.
The discounted hotel rooms reserved for GGCS attendees are no longer available through the hotels. GGCS has a few rooms on hold which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Emily Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org to check hotel room availability.
A credit card and photo ID are required upon check-in at each hotel. A credit card is required to cover incidentals, which are any additional charges you may incur during your hotel stay besides the cost of your hotel room. Things like room service, upgraded internet or pay-per-view are considered incidentals.
Should you have additional questions, please check the FAQ section or contact the event planning team at mailto:email@example.com or 1-828-575-5730.
Getting to GGCS 2017
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.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station hours:
Monday- Thursday: 5:15 AM –11:30 PM
Friday: 5:15 AM –12:30 AM
Saturday: 7:16 AM –12:30 AM
Sunday: 8:16 AM–11:00 PM
From Reagan National Airport (DCA):
The Washington, DC Metro System is an easy and inexpensive way to get to and from Reagan National Airport (DCA). The National Airport Metrorail station at DCA serves both the Yellow and Blue lines and is located between terminals B & C. To get to the Foggy-Bottom/GWU Metro stop, board a train on the Blue Line going toward Largo Town Center.
From Dulles International Airport (IAD):
Though the Metro rail does not yet reach Dulles Airport, a $5.00 shuttle bus departs from the airport every fifteen minutes and will drop off at the Wiehle-Reston Metrorail Station on the Silver Line. The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail Station is also on the Silver Line. To learn more about the shuttle bus from Dulles Airport to Wiehle-Reston, CLICK HERE.
From Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI):
BWI connects to Washington, DC via the MARC commuter rail system’s Penn Line. The MARC rail line regularly runs between the BWI Marshal Airport Station and Washington’s Union Station. To view the rail map and schedule for the Penn Line, CLICK HERE. To get from Union Station to GGCS, follow the steps listed in the Union Station question below.
Parking in Washington, DC is extremely limited; please pay close attention to street signs and parking meters to avoid fines or towing. Contact your hotel for parking individual parking information; availability will vary based on your hotel. George Washington University has parking garages available for visitor access. The Marvin Center parking garage can be accessed on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets. It is open Monday-Friday, 7am-Midnight. This self-service garage accepts all major credit cards for payment (no cash).
1 hour: $10
Up to 2 hours $16
Daily Maximum: $23
Evening Maximum Rate (after 5 p.m. until 12 a.m.): $11
Transportation to and from all official GGCS hotels/housing and GGCS venues is provided. Renting a car is not recommended.
Union Station is the main train station in Washington, DC, and serves as a hub for the Washington Metrorail, Amtrak, and the regional lines MARC (Maryland Regional) and VRE (Virginia Regional).
To get from Union Station to GGCS:
- Follow signs to the Metrorail Union Station stop; it is located within the building on the West and on the First Street sides of the Street Level as well as on the Westside of the Lower Level.
- Board the RED LINE Metro train towards SHADY GROVE. You will ride the RED LINE for three stops.
- Disembark from the RED LINE Metro train at METRO CENTER. Metro Center is a connecting stop for the Orange and Blue Lines.
- Follow signs for the ORANGE LINE heading toward Vienna/Fairfax-GMU or the BLUE LINE toward Franconia-Springfield.
- The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail Station is served by both the Orange and Blue Lines.
Though all GGCS hotels/housing have been notified of the possibility of late check-ins, it is recommended that you contact your hotel/housing directly to confirm your late arrival.
While Attending GGCS
GGCS will be held July 19-20, 2017 in Washington, DC at George Washington University. The Marvin Center, Lisner Auditorium and the University Yard are all located at the intersection of H St NW and 21 St NW on the campus of GWU.
Though most venues are within walking distance of each other, transportation is provided from hotels/housing to all GGCS events. The shuttle schedule will be available within the event app and at official GGCS hotels.
The Registration Desk is in the Grand Ballroom on the 3rd Floor of the GWU Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW).
The Registration Desk will be open:
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
Please bring a government-issued photo ID or passport with you to registration. A valid photo ID or passport is required to check-in at GGCS.
Each participant will receive their name badge, a program book and a GGCS tote bag at registration. Attendees over the age of 21 will receive a bracelet that will allow them to be served alcoholic beverages at GGCS receptions.
Yes. Wearing your GGCS name badges to all GGCS events promotes networking and assists staff in identifying you as a registered participant of the summit. Without a badge, you will not be allowed entry into GGCS events.
Your name badge is required for entry into GGCS events. If you have lost your name badge, please bring your government-issued photo ID to the registration desk in the Grand Ballroom in the Marvin Center to have your badge reprinted.
Internet access on the campus of George Washington University is complimentary. In your WiFi menu, click on the “GWconnect” network and follow the instructions to create a GWU account which will be active for 72 hours, after which you can sign up for an additional 72 hours. If you need assistance, please visit the Tech Assist Desk in the Exhibit Hall, Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GWU Marvin Center. For details about WiFi at your hotel/housing, please check with the property.
Breakfast, lunch and breaks are scheduled in the GGCS tent in University Yard for Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20. Evening social events will provide hors d’oeuvres.
The FIRST Global Robotics Competition will be held in the DAR Constitution Hall. GGCS participants are invited to watch the competition.
GGCS attendees are invited to watch the Student Business Model Competition, to be held at the National Academy of Sciences building.
Lisner Auditorium is ADA-accessible; there are designated spaces for wheelchairs within the auditorium. University Yard Tent is ADA-accessible. The Marvin Center’s Grand Ballroom on the 3rd Floor is accessible via elevator.
Tables have been assigned to ensure diverse perspectives on each discussion topic and will be available in the event app. Please review your registration confirmation email to reference your chosen topic.
Event and program information can be found in several places. GGCS2017.org will provide up-to-date information. The GGCS event app will keep you informed of any event changes or program details, and the staff at the Registration desk in the Marvin Center is always available to offer assistance during the event.
On this tour a professional guide will share fascinating facts about illuminated Washington D.C. monuments and landmarks. In this all-encompassing night tour of Washington, attendees will pass such sights as the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Old Post Office Building, the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, and World War II Memorial., Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial.
Student Housing and Travel FAQs
Please contact Emily Rosenthal (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your student housing assignment.
All sessions held in Lisner Auditorium are required for travel reimbursement. Attendance will be tracked using the GGCS Event App; please make sure to download and activate the app before arriving at GGCS.
Travel reimbursements will be mailed directly to students who attend all required sessions within 60 days after the end of GGCS.
Please check back for more information.