Virginia Tech - Invent the Future
pavement photo   May 19-21, 2015 -The Westin Alexandria -Alexandria, Virginia - Washington DC area
Social Activities

The conference provides a unique forum to interact and network with colleagues from all over the world through activities such as an ice-breaking reception, an innovation-themed gala dinner at the U.S. Patent Office building and a technical program, which will include excellent keynote speakers and technical presentations.

The welcome reception on Monday, May 18, 2015 will be held at the iconic Carlyle Club from 5:00pm-7:00pm, located just steps away from the Westin Alexandria. This one-of-a-kind establishment is more than just a restaurant - it's the capital area’s premiere dining and special event venue. The Carlyle Club specializes in classic American cuisine with a modern touch and a wide selection of fine alcohol in their Art Deco style bar.

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The innovation themed gala will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 6:00pm at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The USPTO, recently ranked #1 for best places to work in the Federal Government is home to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, as well as the Madison Auditorium. Situated in the heart of Alexandria, VA, the campus hosts many prestigious conferences and special events throughout the year. Buzz Adrian recently spoke at the Madison Auditorium regarding new inventions in the field of space and aviation.

Alexandria area map

Don’t know what to do in DC?

The Alexandria Convention and Visitors Bureau will have an information desk set-up during lunch on Tuesday (12pm-1:30pm). They will have area brochures and information on how to sign-up for city tours and activities!

Here are some suggestions: (not included in registration cost)

Alexandria Colonial Tours
201 King Street, Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 519-1749

Alexandria's Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour. Colonial costumed guides lead you by lantern light telling you ghost stories, legends and folklore.

Bike and Roll Alexandria
3 Cameron Street, Alexandria Waterfront
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (202) 842-2453

Description: Bike and Roll encourages locals and tourists alike to hop on two wheels and 'Bike the Sites' of Alexandria!

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DC Metro Food Tours
Market Square
301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (202) 683-8847

Offering three-hour guided excursions that take you down the cobblestone streets of picturesque Old Town Alexandria.

Potomac Riverboat Company

1 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 684-0580

Offers seasonal sightseeing cruises, private parties, and water taxi transportation service. Cruises include the Washington monuments, the Alexandria seaport, pirate cruises for children, baseball cruises, student music cruises, and the Mount Vernon Estate.

Mount Vernon
George Washington's Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Phone: (703) 780-2000

The beautiful riverside estate of George Washington includes the Mansion, outbuildings, tomb, & working farm, and new visitor facilities with 25 galleries and theaters..

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 838-4565

Constructed in 1918 for the manufacturing of torpedoes, the Torpedo Factory now features 82 working artists’ studios, six galleries, the Art League School, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and a café and gift shop.

Top Golf Alexandria

6625 S. Van Dorn Street, Alexandria, VA 22315
Phone: (703) 924-2600

TopGolf combines the CIA's award-winning microchip-espionage technology with a tricked-out driving range to please iron clubbers year-round.


555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 292-6322

Description: The Newseum -- a 250,000-square-foot museum of news -- offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

Port City Brewing Company
3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: (703) 797-2739

Port City Brewing Company is a new artisanal brewery producing an exciting line of hand-made, great quality, locally crafted ales. Located near Old Town Alexandria.

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