The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge was a phenomenal experience for our team and our business. This competition motivated us to push forward our venture during the months leading up to the event, and discover its potential.
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The VT Knowledge Works Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, VA, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.
View event highlights from our 2012 Global Partnership Week and Student Challenge!
Two concurrent tracks will be offered for global participants during the week-long celebration:
1. Student Track - The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge.
The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy. Elite student teams from all over the world compete for the $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy. The contest finals are part of a week-long celebration where students are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship with each other and with Virginia Tech students during festive meals and celebrations.
The 2012 Global Student Business Concept Challenge winners were Mayank Kalra and Annelies Tjebbes of Team VersiCool, representing the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Read about the winners here.
Many major universities are active globally through student and faculty exchanges, research partnerships, and “outpost” campuses. Not so common, however, are permanent cooperative networks. This annual roundtable explores and facilitates multi-university cooperative arrangements to exchange best practices for mutual benefit, with particular emphasis on fostering commercialization of innovative technologies.
Residents of the New River and Roanoke Valleys are invited to attend:
1. Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception, Wednesday, August 21, 2013 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Hotel Roanoke
Help introduce our Valleys to the world, as we celebrate our growing place in the global community! Please join us as we welcome international visitors of the Global Partnership Week with unique food and music special to our region. Register here.
2. Global Student Business Concept Challenge, Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hotel Roanoke
Global student teams present their business concepts and compete for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy. Each of the top two runner-up teams will receive $5,000 cash awards. Admission is FREE but please register in advance, since space is limited.