10:00 AM -

 7:00 PM

Airport Shuttle Service

Shuttle service will be available between the San Diego International Airport and the Sheraton, Residence Inn, and Hyatt hotels in La Jolla. Shuttles will depart from the airport every 30 minutes. Look for CGI U transportation staff in the baggage claim area of the airport who will direct you to the buses.


1:00 PM -

 9:00 PM

On-Site Registration

All CGI U members are required to check-in on-site before attending any of the CGI U events and must pick up their credential and registration materials from the RIMAC Arena. Please allow for time to register before the start of the events you are attending Friday or Saturday. We suggest all attendees register by 4pm Friday in order to arrive at the Opening Plenary on time.


1:00 PM -

 10:00 PM

Campus Shuttle Service

Between 1pm and 10:30pm, shuttle service will be available between the two CGI U hotels and the UC San Diego campus. Shuttles will depart from the hotels and campus every 30 minutes. These shuttles will also be available after the Friday program ends to take attendees back the hotel.


5:00 PM -

 7:00 PM

Commitments Networking Session

The Commitments Networking Session is a unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with the other students and nonprofit leaders who are attending CGI U. Upon entering the room, attendees should locate the CGI U focus areas and keywords that are most closely aligned with their respective commitments, and introduce themselves to other participants who share their interests and work.

Opening Plenary Session

7:30 PM -

 9:00 PM

What's the Big Idea?: Powering Innovation on Campus and Beyond

From soccer balls that generate energy to maps that use crowdsourced crisis data, countless out-of-the-box student ideas are addressing global challenges in ways that never seemed imaginable. What may begin as a brainstorm in a lecture hall can one day become a new world-changing product, policy, or technology. Yet all too often, young changemakers face significant hurdles when trying to translate their big ideas into concrete action. How can students work with universities, NGOs, and the private sector to support innovation on and off campus? How can universities provide the tools and resources that foster a culture of creative problem solving? This panel of serial entrepreneurs will detail their own paths from idea to implementation, and will describe how to harness innovation in a world where good ideas can spread faster than ever before.