Mark your calendars folks, because we are officially going to Washington, D.C. on July 2nd for the 2020 Clean Tech Finals! We have been working away on this one for quite some time and are so pleased to be able to officially announce this! There are several reasons we are excited, so please read on to find out why!
The first reason is the venue itself. We will be hosting this at the brand new Hilton Washington DC National Mall. This beautiful new 4-star hotel has a gorgeous chandelier entrance, connects directly to the metro for transportation ease, has multiple eating options and so much more! And we have secured a rate for our Finalists that is far below the average rate for the time of year that we will be in the area for, making this as affordable as possible for everyone.
Next up on this list is the other event that will be occurring at the same time as our: the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will be held at the same time as our event, and they are just as us that our events will be happening simultaneously. The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges teams to construct highly efficient buildings powered by renewables, and for the Finals each of these homes will be set up and fully functional for the public to see. This event will be on the National Mall strip itself, which leads to the next exciting point…
The hotel is just over a half mile from the National Mall itself! Not only that, but the Smithsonian and the International Spy Museum are within that half mile too! And that does not even begin to include all the other historical and governmental buildings the US capital has to offer! As a lover of history and politics myself, I am most excited for all this!
Speaking of history, as some of you may have realized (hopefully all those from the US did!) the finals are 2 days before the anniversary of American independence, July 4th! The celebrations that occur for this momentous occasion in US history are incredible, and hopefully many of our Finalists will be able to stick around and catch some of these once-in-a-lifetime events.
Finally, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be occurring at the same period as well. While not directly related to our main goal of science and renewables, it is a massive festival with attendance of over 450,000 people, which means even more people in the area to stop by and see what amazing projects we will have on display!
So, there you have it, all the many reasons this Finals location is so exciting! We will have more information for you in the future, but I can only hope you are even close to as excited as I am!!