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1776 Calls for Community Event Submissions for May’s Challenge Festival

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014 — Today, 1776, a platform for startups disrupting education, healthcare, energy, transportation and other major world challenges announced it is now accepting community event submissions for the 2014 Challenge Festival.  Taking place May 10 through 17, the Challenge Festival is the capstone of 1776’s Challenge Cup, a global competition for startups with the potential for transformative solutions in areas of global importance.

The Challenge Festival follows the tradition of DCWeek, providing an ideal vehicle for organizations and thought leaders to host events that showcase how Washington, D.C. can mobilize to help solve our generation’s biggest challenges. Any organization is welcome to submit an event idea, ranging from speeches and panels to meetups, social hours, and parties. Events can focus on technology, startups, innovation, non-profits, or policy and ideally mirror closely the theme of the overall Challenge Festival.

The public at large will vote on the event submissions, selecting the ones that become an official part of the Challenge Festival program. The events receiving the most votes will become an official part of the Challenge Festival program and have the opportunity to host their events at official Challenge Festival venues across Washington, DC.

To submit an event, community organizations can apply here.

Community events should be submitted by March 25, 2014.  On March 31, all proposed events will be published on the 1776 website. Organizations will be provided with links to promote their event and the public will begin voting for the events they want to most see at this May’s Challenge Festival.  Public voting will take place March 31 to April 7, and the winning events will be announced on April 10.

“I can think of no better place than Washington, DC to convene startups, technologists, corporate leaders, advocacy experts and policy specialists to collectively tackle the major challenges of today’s society,” said Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776. “The Challenge Festival is a public opportunity for any organization that wants to be part of the conversation on how to best bring true innovation and disruption to education, healthcare, energy, transportation and other important industries.”

About the Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup is a global competition to identify and celebrate the most promising startups tackling the biggest challenges. Startups with the potential for transformative solutions in areas of global importance will compete in regional competitions in 16 cities around the world from October 2013 through March 2014. For more information, visit:

About 1776

1776 is a major initiative focused on helping entrepreneurs seeking to reinvent our lives as citizens. Located just blocks from the White House, 1776 convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, D.C. unique. Visit or follow @1776dc on Twitter for more information.


For more information, contact:

Lisa Throckmorton

1776/Speakerbox Communications