Global Innovation Week is a Silicon Valley-wide festival celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit. More than 20 events with 1,000 attendees from 50 countries are expected. The Valley welcomes the world on February 15-21, 2015.
- 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 community, and any person or group can apply to host an event.
- 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.
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Last year's events included:
* Each event is independent of GIS and there might be additional fees or registration requirements.
6:30pm — 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of networking and thought-provoking conversation about entrepreneurial thought and action and disruptive innovation. Hear from three women entrepreneurs, ted-talk style, who will share their start-up experiences building ventures that are disrupting the status quo. The event will be hosted by Susan Duffy, CWEL’s Executive Director, who will share Babson’s world renowned approach to entrepreneurial thought and action during opening remarks.
6:00pm — 8:30pm
Our guest speakers will discuss how Brazilians are using their creative nature to innovate in the sectors of music, design and entrepreneurship. Join us to meet a musician and three graphic designers – all entrepreneurs who have navigated the dynamics of the Brazilian market. They will share insights on their journey, inventive thinking and reflect on the correlations between Brazilian ingenuity & economic progress and the bond between creativity & innovation.
3:00pm — 7:00pm
Engaging Communities in the Creation of Innovation Ecosystems in Life Sciences and Tech
By invitation only.
Convening organizations/conferences involved in social impact from around the world for a hands-on ecosystem building work session.
8:30am — 5:30pm
Developer ecosystem is now mainstream. As an entrepreneur, how and when do you decide whether to build an application or platform company? What are the business, marketing, and technical considerations as well as the risks and benefits of each model? As CXO of a platform company, how do you build your developer ecosystem and add value? What type of platform do you want to build: one to build your brand or one for which other brands are built on? Attend the Apps to Platform conference and hear insights from industry luminaries on these topics and learn about the latest trends on API delivery and adoption.
8:30am — 5:30pm
Design lab to explore the barriers to female participation in the innovation ecosystem and to create novel approaches to creating a gender balanced future.
Event is a conversational design lab with no formal speakers.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 8:30am – 5:00 pm
Friday, Feb. 21, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Franchise for Humanity: a 2-day gathering of a select group people who see the potential for a better future and are ready to re-imagine the future as one that offers the right and privilege to more and more people to live and thrive.
5:00pm — 7:00pm
A celebration reception hosted by The Hitachi Foundation, Investors’ Circle, and Village Capital
Join us as we give the public a chance to see this highly collaborative process in action.
6:00pm – 10:00pm
City of San Jose is proud to sponsor a major public festival during Global Innovation Week. The creative spirit will be on display for an eclectic evening of arts & culture, performances & exhibition, music & media. Our partner Anno Domini Gallery is organizing an event with 40+ artists and performers, exploring a range of innovative styles. It happens on the evening of Wednesday, February 19 at San Jose Convention Center. FREE to attend.
At Santa Clara University (15 min away from GIS site), an interactive and thought-provoking workshop and panel discussion on creating innovative environments to generate new ideas, create opportunity and maximize ROI by attracting women leaders.
Join us for innovative, impactful, and stimulating presentations from our Innovation Ecosystem Award winners, The European Young Innovators Forum, and other individual startups from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 19th at the San Jose Marriott. Our presenters will discuss what they do, how they do it, and what they produce with a focus on powering tomorrow’s innovation ecosystems. FREE to attend; all we ask is that you bring an open mind and the right side of your brain.
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Estonia created Europe’s first national electronic ID card, which has become a model for the world. Come learn more and watch a demonstration!
We are proud to feature this play about one of the great “ecosystem thinkers” as a partner event of Global Innovation Week. Tickets at San Jose Repertory Theatre. February 18-23.
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Join us for a hands on workshop at TechShop San Jose.
7:30pm – 11:00pm
While working full-time at an investment organization (including venture, angel, accelerators, policy, corporate, and impact), Fellows receive a structured curriculum with an individual development plan, executive coaching, facilitated mentoring, and peer learning and networking – all with a focus on giving back and on one’s responsibility as an emerging leader in the industry.
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Join STLGip during the Global Innovation Summit 2014 for an interactive discussion on technology transfer models. Our distinguished panel will discuss various technology transfer and commercialization models employed across select countries,representing perspectives universities, private non-profit organization, as well as government-backed institutions.
Feb. 17-19, 2014
The Global Innovation Summit is the centerpiece of Global Innovation Week. The Summit is limited to invitees and accepted applicants. The event is likely to sell out. The Summit gives you powerful insights, practical tools, a global community of fellow practitioners, and the chance to design real-time solutions to real-world challenges.
Open Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Don't Miss Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. This exhibition must close March 23, 2014 at The Tech Museum of Innovation. Relive the magic of all 6 films with authentic costumes and props including Darth Vader, Yoda R2-D2, and more. More info at thetech.org
8:30am – 5:00pm
Kick off the Global Innovation Summit 2014 with a leisurely bike tour of the Stanford University Campus and surrounding area on Sunday February 16th organized and sponsored by STLGip Law Firm. Space is limited and preregistration is necessary. Registration opens January 15th.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Sunday, February 23, 2014
Join us at The Tech for a week-long celebration of engineering! Engineers Week is a national event that brings engineering to life for people of all ages, and celebrates engineers and the difference they make in our world.