JOIN the largest festival ever in Silicon Valley celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.  

The Valley welcomes the world on February 15-21, 2015.  Come to learn, experience, and share at Global Innovation Week.  Our hosts include leading organizations in the Valley and throughout the world. Most events are public, and either free or low cost.


calendar of events

Sunday, February 15


Family Science Days.  

  • Host: American Association for the Advancement of Science. 
  • Location: San Jose Convention Center


Monday, February 16


Rainforest Architects and Makers Reception 

Rainforest Architects and Makers Reception hosted by T2Venture Creation. This is a private reception for certificated Rainforest Architects and Makers.


Tuesday, February 17 


Inventing Tomorrow's Manufacturing

A Foresight Engineering series hosted in partnership by Innovation Leadership Board, Lux Research, and Stanford’s Strategic Foresight & Innovation.

A new era of manufacturing has emerged due to fast advances in 3-D printing, the maker movement, and more. This half-day workshop will be a fast-paced, hands-on introduction to understanding the topic. You will hear the latest research from the field, and then build prototypes using several tools from the Strategic Foresight Framework™. Limited enrollment, so apply quickly.


Special Sponsored Breakout Session

Hands-On Innovation: Prototype Locally, Innovate Globally

“Today is a prototype for tomorrow” is the mantra of Dr. Leon Segal, founder of Innovationship and former IDEO office head. Join him as he shares stories of innovation through design thinking, the human-centered approach championed by Silicon Valley’s leading companies, and offers practical advice for aspiring innovators

  • Dr. Leon Segal, Founder, Innovationship



Celebration of Art & Innovation

A lively indoor street festival featuring the most talented and provocative artists, musicians, performers, poets, and others from Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

  • Host: Global Innovation Summit, City of San Jose, and Anno Domini (for registered Summit attendees only).  
  • Location: The Glass House, 2 Market St., San Jose (busses will take guests from the hotel lobby). Walking DIrections: Exit the San Jose Marriott on Market Street. Walk Northwest 4 blocks. The Glass House is located on the Northeast corner of Market Street and Santa Clara Street.


Wednesday, February 18


Special Breakfast Session Sponsored by University of Waterloo

Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Foundations for Growth in the 21st Century

Innovation is a high-impact, contact sport. Using work-integrated learning and a pay-it-forward mentality to cutting edge computer science and quantum information, collaborative leaders transformed a blue-collar community into a high-tech, startup supercluster.
Join David Fransen, chair of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, and Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, for an intimate exploration of one of the world’s top 20 startup ecosystems.



The Future of Personalized Vehicles

Buckle Up for Big Changes!

With advances in smart technology and an increasingly mobile lifestyle, we are steering towards an electrifying new future of life on the road. With Tesla Motors and Google's driverless car already navigating the California freeways, our everyday vehicles are on the brink of a major evolution. Futurists predict our cars will progress from single-use machines to an entire user experience, where everything from the rims to the roof is connected—turning our drive-time into a dramatically different experience.

Join us on February 18th as we explore the world of connected commutes and super-smart vehicles—and meet the innovators with the drive to make it all happen.

  • Presented by: Deloitte, SVForum
  • Location: Quadrus Conference Center
    2400 Sand Hill Road
    Menlo Park, CA
  • Register Here



Greater Phoenix Innovation Showcase

Join business leaders and elected officials from the Greater Phoenix region on February 18th, for a complimentary reception to discuss how the Greater Phoenix region is creating a foundation for innovation and technology.



European Startup Showcase

Featuring 7 of the most exciting startup companies from Europe.

  • Host: EYIF
  • Location: Willow Glen Room, Marriott Hotel, San Jose



Open House and Happy Hour at TechShop 

TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software.

  • Host: TechShop.  
  • Location: 300 S. 2nd Street (a 4 minute walk away, two blocks east along E. San Carlos St. from the Marriott) 


Thursday, February 19


Tea With a Twist

Come together with a diverse group of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors for a private tea and conversation to find the connections and solutions you seek. Around a table, you have the chance to share your idea and find the help you need from others.

Join us and:

Enlist new allies and build networks across industries; Discuss new ideas in a confidential environment; Get support to form advisors, mentors board directors and sources for resources; Exchange knowledge and expertise with entrepreneurs with proven success; And much more!

Tea with a Twist will be lead by:
Inessa Obenhuber, CEO, Global Privat; Donna Hamlin, PhD, Global Privat Governance Guru; and Michael Wu, Partner at Pillsbury Law.

•    Host: Global Privat
•    Location: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA



Innovation in R&D: Lunch & Learn (by invitation only).  

  • Host: BayBio.  
  • Location: South San Francisco



Convening the Conveners (private).  

  • Host: Opportunity Collaboration and Global Innovation Summit. 
  • Location: Marriott Hotel, San Jose



Clean Tech Commercialization - Rapid Prototyping to Global Deployment

Please join UIX Global and our co-hosts (Prospect Silicon Valley, The Cleantech Open, and LACI) for a Post-Global Innovation Summit networking reception featuring a panel discussion of distinguished speakers and topical announcements regarding new cleantech partnerships and initiatives.

Program: Cleantech Panel, Networking, and Expo

Clean technology development and deployment infrastructure is undergoing rapid advancement through innovative programs and partnerships designed for de-risking investment and accelerating market adoption across global ecosystems. The theme and panel topic of the event will be related to the new DOE partnership for commercialization of clean technologies from idea to market adoption. The event will include an expo of Prospect Silicon Valley startup companies displaying the latest developments in clean and green technologies for cities. In addition, The Cleantech Open, CAGIX, LACI, Prospect Silicon Valley and US Commercial Service will provide information about their support models for the acceleration, incubation and market entry for cleantech companies.

Special keynote welcome from City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

Distinguished Panel:
Doug Davenport - Founding Executive Director, Prospect Silicon Valley
Kevin Braithwaite - Chair of The Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition
Erik Steeb - VP Programs at LACI
Matt Vitamante - Executive Vice President, California Global Innovation Exchange (CAGIX)
Stephan Crawford - Director, US Dept. of Commerce/Commercial Service
(Moderator) Gregory Delaune - CEO and Cofounder, UIX Global

Refreshments: light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks



Startup Funding Disrupted: Understanding the New Venture Ecosystem.  

Last year was one of the most active years in venture capital investment since 2000. Yet the ecosystem for startup financing has changed radically in the last five years.  These changes are driven by the radical reduction in the cost of developing a product to the dramatic increase in funding options.  This meeting will provide an overview of the current state of the venture ecosystem in the US and selected jurisdictions in order to enable a dialog about the future of the venture ecosystem.  It will include a discussion of the technological changes from cloud to open source software which are enabling startups to move more swiftly as well as the role of angels, corporate venture capitalists and traditional venture investors.

Moderator: Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe is a senior partner in the Silicon Valley office of DLA Piper, the largest law firm in the world. He has been working startups and investors for over 30 years.  He is the Chair of the International Startup Group at DLA Piper.



Design Thinking: A New Foundational Science for Engineering and Innovation Ecologies

Design, the process of artifact creation, has historically been a qualitative art. But that has changed: We now understand the cognitive and communicative basis of artifact creation and diffusion. We can measure artifact creation at the human interaction level, and can measure its diffusion at the economic, ecological, and sociological levels. We can also model the behaviors associated with artifact creation and design new ones. We can solve problems with innovative solutions that result in improvements in self and group efficacy, utilization efficiency, and impact effectiveness. In the last two decades breakthroughs in information technology and genetics have turned biology from a classificatory science to a more quantitative and predictive one. Biology has thus become a foundational science for engineering. We believe we are witnessing a similar transformation in design thinking whereby it is becoming a quantitative science like physics, chemistry, and biology. In this talk I will explore the proposition that design thinking is ready to become a foundational science for engineering, and thus pave the way for the controlled emergence of many innovation ecologies like the Silicon Valley in city clusters around the world as well as within large organizations. 

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Entrepreneurship in Brazil

According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Brazil is one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the planet, with about 36 million individuals engaged in some venture activity. Despite a sluggish economy and thanks to a rising middle class with increasing internet access, the web market is flourishing and fueling the entrepreneurial ecosystem. However, entrepreneurs face enormous challenges when it comes to innovate and compete globally. The capacity to attract and retain skilled labor is particularly tough in Brazil and other emerging economies, impacting their ability to tackle unmet market demands for much needed services and products.

As a partner in the Global Innovation Week, BayBrazil & Apigee will present a special program on Entrepreneurship in Brazil and other emerging markets. On Feb 19 join us to discuss the challenges to form and support talented entrepreneurs around the world. Meet investors and founders who have navigated the dynamics of the Brazilian and other major markets. Reflect on the correlations between ingenuity & economic progress and the bond between entrepreneurship & innovation.

Antoine Colaco: Valor Capital Group
Fred Aslan: Advance Medical, Venrock
Gustavo Lemos: IDXP
Mariana Donangelo: Accel Partners
Victor Hwang: T2 Venture Creation

6pm: Cocktail reception (complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served)
6:45pm: Introduction and panel discussion
8:15pm: Networking
9pm: Adjourn

  • Host: BayBrazil
  • Location: Apigee, 10 South Almaden Boulevard, San Jose. Free parking available.
  • Tickets: $15 Members, $30 Non-members - Pre-registration


Friday, February 20

8:30am–5pm (thru Saturday, February 21) 

Franchise for Humanity: Act for Impact.  

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“The most significant change at the beginning of this century has been the creation of platforms for cross-sector cooperation that enable change-makers to gather, become aware of, and understand the evolution of the whole system, and consequently to act from impulses that originate from that shared awareness.”

–    from Leading from the Emerging Future:  From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer from the Presencing Institute, MIT

Franchise for Humanity is inspired by the possibility of the Global Innovation Ecosystem, and serves as an entity to bring people together who separately have been developing and distributing opportunity around the world.  We launched at Stanford University on Feb 20-21st, 2014, as part of the Global Innovation Summit week, to aspire, co-create, learn and reflect together, and to forge relationships, mutual support, and collaborations.

Join us for our second gathering: Franchise for Humanity: Act for Impact, a 2-day conference bringing together leaders from the three domains of health, environment and education who will share their successful methodologies for positive change from within their communities and areas of expertise.  We believe this change comes from those committed to action who are also willing to risk, explore, connect and dream in new ways.  Come join our growing community where trusted allies are found and friendships are forged to shape the future through committed passion and connection.  Building upon our continued connections and expanding projects from our founding year, this year’s conference will explore how to best leverage humanity’s current knowledge to bring to bear the most practical, direct and effective connections to our efforts in creating positive change.  The program will be held at Cordura Hall, Sanford University on Friday, February 20th and at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. Register at Event Contact


International Startup Marketplace 

ISM is a one-day conference on Friday, February 20 from 9:30am to 6:30pm at Hult International Business School’s San Francisco campus (1355 Sansome St). The top floor of the campus will be used for keynote speakers and workshops, while the 80-person classroom spaces will be programmed with additional workshops and other content.

All registrants are invited to the conclusion of the day: a closing reception for Global Innovation Week.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served to attendees.

  • Host: Hult Business School 
  • Location: Hult International Business School’s San Francisco campus (1355 Sansome St)
  • Tickets: $5 with GIW discount (use code "GIW2015" at check-out) -


Embracing Multicultural Entrepreneurship

Embracing Ethnic Entrepreneurship -- Spotlight on Filipino Americans whose cross-cultural makeup has led to interesting ideas and opportunities.



  • What? GIW is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit, with a focus on building ecosystems that accelerate innovative products, new solutions to huge challenges, and systemic economic impact.
  • Who? Everyone who shares a common interest in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. GIW is an open source festival, and any person or group can apply to host an event.  See the link above on the right.
  • How? Activities, open houses, tours, conversations, discussions, panels, and workshops that provide opportunities to share and learn from great minds around the world.  
  • Why? To convene the world’s ecosystem builders and spark conversations from all walks of life, all corners of the planet.