Washington, DC
July 18 – 20, 2017

Visa Information

Attendees that require a visa must apply and pay the visa application fee separately.

Please note that attendees needing visas should apply at least four months ahead of the conference date in case of administrative processing delays.

Specific directions to apply for either a B-1 business visa OR a B-1/B-2 combination business and tourism visa can be found here. A simple B-2 tourist visa will not work.

Information about the visa waiver program (VWP), which may apply to some applicants, and a list of countries and more details are available here.

Upon completed registration, attendees checking "I need a Visa" during Summit registration will be sent a Letter of Invitation and a Supporting Letter.


Hotel Information

The Global Grand Challenges Summit has reserved a limited number of rooms at conveniently-located hotels. These Summit hotels are all within walking distance of the events at George Washington University. Shuttles will also be available for transportation from these hotels to the Summit venues.

To receive Summit discount rates, bookings must be made by Thursday, June 15, 2017. Attendees are encouraged to book hotel rooms as it is likely the rooms will fill before the deadline.

Attendees may book their room reservations by calling the hotels and giving the Summit discount code, or by clicking the link below for their preferred hotel. Special accommodations are available for students. Additional information will be provided to students in registration confirmation emails.

Please contact GGCS staff at info@ggcs2017.org if you require further assistance with hotels.

The Westin Georgetown

Situated in the stylish West End district of the nation’s capital, the Westin Georgetown enjoys an unbeatable location convenient to downtown Washington, the White House, and Georgetown.

Room rate $229 USD + tax

Phone: 866-716-8108
Address: 2350 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

CLICK HERE to reserve a GGCS hotel room or call 800-228-3000.

One Washington Circle Hotel

This relaxing boutique hotel in the West End is a short walk from Georgetown, George Washington University, and the Foggy Bottom metro station, with easy access to all the sights and attractions of Washington, DC.

Room rate standard king: $194.00 USD + tax
Room rate standard queen: $194.00 USD + tax
Room rate one bedroom queen suite: $204.00 USD + tax
Room rate one bedroom king suite: $214.00 USD + tax

Phone: 202-872-1680
Address: 1 Washington Circle NW
Washington, DC 20037

CLICK HERE to reserve a GGCS hotel room or call 800-424-9671 and use the Summit discount code Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS).

State Plaza Hotel

On a tree-lined street in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood just steps from national memorials, State Plaza Hotel offers a refined urban retreat with art deco decor and residence-inspired suites.

Room rate: $215.00 USD + tax

Phone: 202-861-8200
Address: 2116 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

CLICK HERE to reserve a GGCS hotel room or call 800-424-2859 and use the Summit discount code 66U014.

U.S. Capitol at Dusk

Additional accommodation opportunities coming soon

Additional accommodation opportunities coming soon


Air Travel

There are three airports in the Washington DC area; the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to the location of the 2017 GGCS. The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has easy accessibility to Washington DC public transportation.

What To Wear?

July is hot and humid in Washington DC. Business casual dress is suggested – lightweight slack and short-sleeved, collared shirts. Jackets are not required for evening receptions. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


Washington, DC Ground Transportation


Washington, DC Metro

The Metro System can be used to travel into Washington, DC from Reagan National Airport (DCA). A SmarTrip® card is needed to enter and exit the DC Metro system, and can be purchased online or at any metro station; the blue fare vending machines take cash, credit, and debit. The SmarTrip® card is $10.00 USD, which includes $8.00 USD worth of fare.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Please note: Debit/credit cards may be used only three times in one day on SmarTrip® machines.


Private Transportation

Should an attendee prefer to use private transportation for their airport arrivals and departures, please contact reservations@reliablelimo.com or call (301)-622-5800 to make reservations.

Please reference the group code Global Grand Challenges Airport to receive 10% off your fare. Make sure to book your transportation at least 24 hours in advance.



Download the US Uber App for Android HERE.

Download the US Uber App for IOS HERE.



Download the US Lyft App for IOS HERE.

Download the US Lyft App for Android HERE.

Washington DC Tours for GGCS Participants

The GGCS is pleased to provide a limited number of tour options exclusively for Summit attendees. Touring with other attendees is a great way to network while seeing the city. The tours below can be purchased through the GGCS registration website. Information about tour pick-up and drop-off locations will be provided at a later time.

Tours must be purchased before June 1, 2017 and can be completed on the Summit registration website.

Special Look at Washington

GGCS_Washington Tour

July 17: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
July 18: 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
July 21: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

$78.00 USD per person

This tour will give guests a complete overview of the US Capital City. The riding tour, narrated by a licensed tour guide, will include views of the White House, the presidential inaugural parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument, and the US Capitol Building. Your guide will be sure to point out the Smithsonian Museums and National Gallery of Art before making a one-hour stop at the National Mall to view the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and Korean War Memorial.

The United States Capitol


July 17: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
July 21: 5:30 PM -7:30 PM

$195.00 USD per person

No building in this country exudes such an aura of power and drama as the United States Capitol. Guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an after-hours, exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the US Capitol building. Attendees will first follow the ornately painted Brumidi corridors to Statuary Hall, which served as the House of Representatives’ Chamber until 1857 and now features donated statues of famous citizens from each state. They will then proceed to the Rotunda for a closer look at its magnificent architecture and stunning murals depicting early America and its growth as a democracy.

Smithsonian Museums


July 18: 1:30 PM -5:30 PM
July 21: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

$78.00 USD per person

It is estimated that there are more than 141 million objects, works of art, and specimens displayed at the various Smithsonian Museums in the heart of Washington—too much to see in one day! Guests will enjoy a guided tour of the Air & Space Museum, seeing the evolution of human determination to take flight! They will then visit the American History Museum, which features such items as the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from the “Wizard of Oz,” a fragment of Plymouth Rock, and Julia Child’s kitchen, to name just a few!

Monuments by Moonlight

World War II Memorial, Washington D.C. The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National MallÕs central axis.

July 20: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

$53.00 USD per person

The guide will share fascinating facts about Washington’s illuminated monuments and landmarks. In this all-encompassing night tour of the US capital city, guests will enjoy such sights as the White House, the US Capitol Building, the Old Post Office Building, the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, World War II Memorial, Tidal Basin, and Jefferson Memorial.



Additional tours in the Washington, DC area can be reserved individually. A few extra options for tours are listed below:

Capital Segway | Big Blue Bus | Duck Tour

Map of DC

GGCS Venue Map