Washington, DC
July 18 – 20, 2017

Student Accommodations

Students who applied for accommodations prior to the deadline will be notified about their housing details. Students registering after March 31 may book hotel rooms at the group rate by clicking here.
If you are traveling with a student group from the United Kingdom or China, you will receive your housing details directly.


GGCS Student Poster Competition

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit includes an opportunity for students to present research posters. Graduate and undergraduate students were invited to submit abstracts of their research for consideration. Selected abstracts were chosen for the poster presentation, which will take place during an extended lunchtime session at the Summit on July 19th, 2017. We invite all attendees to review the posters and chat with the student presenters. Judges will select several posters in the graduate and undergraduate categories for monetary prizes which will be presented on July 20.


How to Change the World

Led by Dr. Jason Blackstock, the Head of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL), this complimentary program is designed to generate skills and connections that will help students develop creative, technically robust, and socially impactful engineering solutions that address some of world’s most pressing challenges. Working in small, diverse teams with new contacts, students will be prepared – through a pre-summit workshop, and in-conference coaching – to effectively engage the experienced network of senior global colleagues also attending the Summit.

CLICK HERE to learn more about "How to Change the World"

This event is by registration-only. Registration has now closed.


Tuesday, July 18 Initial Session
2:50 PM   Welcome
Jason Blackstock, University College, London
3:10 PM   Break into three parallel sessions for interactive session
• Participants meet their teams
• Topical exploration and facilitated brainstorming
• Details of how to prepare their deliverables over the next few days
6:00 PM   Adjourn
Friday, July 21
Closing Session
9:00 AM    Interactive Session Focused on Deliverables
10:00 AM Careers Panels
11:30 AM     Next Step Review
12:00 PM Adjourn

Student Day

An important part of the GGCS is the Student Day preceding the Summit.

Starting with the 2015 Beijing Summit, an important part of the GGCS is the Student Day, held on the day preceding the Summit, and consisting of a business model competition among undergraduate student teams from the three participating countries.  Fifteen engineering student teams from five universities from each of the three countries (US, UK and China) will present proposals addressing one of the Grand Challenges to a panel of five judges in a day-long event; for the 2017 GGCS the Student Day will be held on July 18, 2017.  Every team will receive a certificate of participation; winning teams will receive monetary prizes and will be highlighted in a special session of the GGCS on July 20, 2017.  GGCS attendees are invited to watch the competition, to be held at the National Academy of Sciences building. This is an optional event for GGCS attendees. Food service will not be provided for observers.


Tuesday, July 18 Student Day Business Model Competition
8:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
Yannis C. Yortsos, GGCS Steering Committee
Andrea Belz, Innovation Node - Los Angeles
8:15 AM Team Presentations
11:30 AM Lunch Break and Panel Discussion: “Today's Grand Challenges and Tomorrow’s Industries”
Keoki Jackson, CTO, Lockheed Martin
Scott Rappaport, Project Manager Innovation, Shell
Greg Hyslop, CTO and Senior Vice President, Boeing
Patrick Antkowiak, Corporate Vice President and CTO, Northrop Grumman
1:00 PM Team Presentations
2:45 PM Adjourn
GGCS_2015 Student Winners
GGCS_Student Day Group

Competing Teams

United States:

North Carolina State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of California San Diego
University of Denver
University of Southern California


United Kingdom:

Bournemouth University
Heriot-Watt University
University of Bristol
University of Hull
University of Sheffield


People's Republic of China:

Shanghai University
Zhejiang University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Peking University
Beihang University

GGCS_Student Day

Grand Challenges Scholars

The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century.

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.