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Challenge Festival Energy & Sustainability Gala


The Challenge Festival is presented by 1776 & Philips

Many thanks to Edison Electric Institute, Presenting Sponsor, and to Inter-American Development Bank, a Festival-wide Silver Sponsor and Energy Day Gold Sponsor during the Challenge Festival.

Join the VIPs of the energy world at a rooftop gala under the stars where you’ll get to mingle with the most interesting thought leaders and entrepreneurs with ideas revolutionizing the industry globally. Wonder what it’s like to build power in the developing world without any major infrastructure? Or make energy use wildly more efficient? You’ll meet the people behind these startups at this signature event.

The Energy Gala follows the Challenge Cup Energy Semifinals and celebrates the two semifinalist winners who will be moving on to the Challenge Cup Global Finals come Saturday, May 16th with $50,000 already won and another $100,000 at stake.

Dress code: Startup friendly.

Heavy Hors D’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

There will be bus transportation from the Lansburgh Theater to the Energy & Sustainability Gala. Buses will run back and forth between Lansburgh and the gala location; the final bus to Lansburgh will leave the gala location at 10:15 p.m.


Location: Old Ebbitt Grill Rooftop – 675 15th Street, NW – Enter at the 655 15th Street Entrance

Bus: Buses will transport guests from the Education Semifinals to the Gala
Valet: Complimentary valet parking will be provided.  Your ticket will be validated onsite at registration.
Closest Metro: Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Silver/Red Lines), 2 blocks from the venue