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2017 WCF Partnership Meeting
Join the World Cocoa Foundation in Washington, D.C. October 24-25 to connect with others to explore the theme “Accelerating Sustainability through Technology and Innovation” and move forward the sustainability agenda for the cocoa sector at the 2017 Partnership Meeting.
|General Admission (U.S. Dollars)||WCF Member||Non-Member||NGO/Government|
|Advance (On or before October 16)||$850.00||$1,000.00||$600.00|
|Standard (After October 16)||$950.00||$1,100.00||$700.00|
Day 1 October 24
Framing the Grand Challenges in Cocoa Sustainability
|9:00 – 10:30am||Welcome & Opening Remarks
|10:30 – 11:00am||Cocoa Break|
|11:00am – 1:00pm||
Breakout Sessions on Grand Challenges in Cocoa Sustainability
|1:00 – 2:00pm||Lunch|
|2:00 – 4:00pm||Breakout Session on Grand Challenges – Continued|
|4:00 – 4:30pm||Recap & Closing (including Chocothon Sneak Preview)|
|4:30 – 7:00pm||Networking Reception|
Day 2 October 25
Exploring Possible Solutions
|9:00 – 10:00am||Keynote Speeches
|10:00am – 12:00pm||Innovation Marketplace
What are some of the top innovations shaping the cocoa sector and how can they be scaled?
|12:00 – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:30pm||Fishbowls
Putting Ideas into Action. Create meaningful and actionable discussions between all stakeholders and supply chain actors.
|2:30 – 3:30pm||Innovation Live: Chocothon
Vote for winning ideas on key challenges facing the cocoa sector presented by the Chocothon’s young, talented hackers!
|3:30pm – 4:00pm||Closing|
Chocothon is a collaborative platform, a sustainable innovation initiative that aims to empower and connect cocoa farmers and create new opportunities for them and other value chain stakeholders in cocoa production, reducing supply disruption risks.
With the precious support of the World Bank, the World Cocoa Foundation, the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) project of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Google Food Team, Future Food Institute (FFI) and the Business School Lausanne (BSL) invite you to a 2-day hackathon (October 23-24) to collaborate on creating, prototyping and birthing hardware and software tools which address some of the greatest challenges of cocoa farming.
Teams will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the top cocoa companies, governments and NGOS working on sustainable cocoa during the Partnership Meeting on October 25.
Join the mission as a Hacker, Designer, Developer, Volunteer and/or Mentor!
For more details or to join the Chocothon, visit http://chocothon.com/washington.
Join the Partnership Meeting as a Cocoa Sponsor! WCF’s Partnership Meeting is the only event dedicated to cocoa sustainability and improving farmer livelihoods. Gain visibility and recognition through sponsorship. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.
Interested in volunteering at WCF’s 2017 Partnership Meeting? Volunteers are needed for both days of the event. Please fill out the volunteer form and we will be in touch with more information.
The WINCC ‘Building Resilience for a Sustainable Cocoa Value Chain’ is an off-site event (separate from the WCF Partnership Meeting) that will be held on October 26 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. To learn more about WINCC’s program and to register for the event, please visit http://bit.ly/2wwNMo9.
The World Cocoa Foundation's 2017 Partnership Meeting showcases how technology and innovation can create transformative change in the cocoa sector.
The dynamic agenda breaks new ground by presenting a range of key sustainability challenges and proposed cutting-edge solutions to accelerate sustainability in the world’s cocoa supply chain.
Featuring interactive sessions, global thought leaders and seasoned sustainability practitioners, the 2017 Partnership Meeting highlights three cross-cutting themes that are relevant to cocoa supply chain actors and sustainable development partners.
Day 1: October 24 - Framing the Grand Challenges in Cocoa Sustainability
Day 2: October 25 - Exploring Possible Solutions
Book your hotel room today!
Book your hotel room directly via the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel online portal: www.aws.passkey.com/go/worldcocoafoundation
Standard Guest Rooms (1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds) are available at the Renaissance Hotel under the discounted WCF room rate of $289 USD (+ taxes and service fees).
Room rates include:
- Complimentary access to fitness club
- Complimentary guestroom internet for Marriott Rewards Members
Reservations must be completed by 6:00pm,
Sunday, October 1, 2017 to take advantage of the WCF rate. Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations. Rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis. Please book your room early, as reservations are limited.
Note: If you are having any issues with booking your hotel reservation online at the Renaissance, please call the hotel directly at +1 202-898-9000 and mention you are with the World Cocoa Foundation.
Others hotels in close proximity to the Renaissance include:
Travel & Visas
All participants are responsible for their own travel, including valid passport and visa.
If you require a visa for travel, WCF can facilitate a visa invitation letter. Please register and then fill out the visa letter request form here. WCF recommends that you have the visa process completed before the end of September to avoid delays.