Global Social Innovation Lab
The Global Social Innovation Lab is a 2-day ideathon and pitch competition to be held on February 11 & 12 (9am to 2pm). This annual event seeks to convene students to develop innovative solutions to global issues through workshops, mentorship sessions, and team-based collaborative problem solving. The theme this year is Global Health & Nutrition.
Once registered, participants will be randomly matched with 3 other teammates from across Georgetown University, and collectively undertake an “ideathon” on social innovation!
When & Where?
GSIL will be held in-person at the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Hariri Building (GU main campus) on 11 Feb and 12 Feb (9 am to 2 pm). Attendance on both days is mandatory, and meals will be provided. The detailed run-of-show is listed below:
Day 1 (Saturday 2/11 from 9 am to 2 pm)
- 08:30 am: Check-in begins (Lohrfink Auditorium)
- 09:00 am: Introduction, Team Announcements, and Breakfast
- 10:00 am: Workshop on Global Health and Nutrition Landscape
- 11:00 am: Teamwork & Mentorship
- 12:00 nn: Workshop on Developing & Pitching Innovative Solutions
- 01:00 pm: Lunch & Mentorship
- 02:00 pm onwards: Optional Teamwork
Day 2 (Sunday 2/12 from 9 am to 1 pm):
- 08:30 am: Check-in begins
- 09:00 am: Pitches (Approx. 8-10 minutes for each team)
- 12:30 pm: Prize Ceremony
- Gabriela Fretes, Researcher, International Food Policy Research Institute
- Mackenzie Loy, Founder and CEO, Homemade in DC
- Barbara White, Founder and CEO, Avoka Group
- Bobby Jefferson, Vice President, DAI Global, LLC
- Emily Owen, Founder, Bibti App
- Nadra Franklin, Managing Director, FHI Solutions
- GSIL is an opportunity for participants to network with like-minded and like-hearted individuals who are interested in social innovation, and collaborate at the intersection of business and social impact!
- GSIL will help participants exercise their creative muscles in the field of global health and nutrition, as well as other adjacent fields such as education, food & agriculture, climate, public policy, technology for development, and social entrepreneurship.
- There are multiple prizes worth $7,500 to be won (1st place: $3,500, 2nd place: $2,000, and 3rd place: $1,000), in addition to exciting special awards on themes such as ethical social impact (sponsored by the GHD alumni) and in-kind prizes (sponsored by AllBirds).