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.

Interested in hosting your own event? GIW is an open source festival!

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


Capital Ecosystems event 


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.


Brazilian Entrepreneur Leaders.  


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 program.

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.


Art & Innovation 


Wednesday, February 18



The Future of Personalized Vehicles.  

  • Host: SVForum.  
  • Location: Quadrus, Menlo Park


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

Host: EYIF.  Location: Marriott Hotel, San Jose


TechShop Open House 

Host: TechShop.  

Location: San Jose.




Thursday, February 19


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

Join us for a networking reception featuring a panel discussion of distinguished speakers and topical announcements regarding new cleantech partnerships and initiatives.

We will be offering light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks

Program: Panel Discussion and Networking Reception

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, LACI and US Commercial Service will provide information about their support models for the acceleration, incubation and market entry for cleantech companies.

Distinguished Panel:
Prospect SV - Doug Davenport - Prototyping & Corporate partners
The Cleantech Open - Kevin Braithwaite (tentative) - City and Global engagement
LACI/CAGIX - Matt Vitamante - Incubators & Funding
US Commercial Service - Stephan Crawford - Global Deployment
Moderator: Gregory Delaune - UIX Global


Startup Funding Disrupted: Understanding the New Venture Ecosystem.  

  • Host: DLA Piper.  
  • Location: Xerox PARC, Palo Alto


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

A discussion with 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
Gustavo Lemos, IDXP
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


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, GlobalPrivat; Donna Hamlin, PhD, GlobalPrivat Governance Guru; and Michael Wu, Partner at Pullsburry Law.

  • Host: Global Privat 
  • Location: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111-5998


Friday, February 20


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) -

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

Franchise for Humanity: Act for Impact.  


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.