Fellows are working with peers, faculty and administrators to create new learning opportunities for students at their schools to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity.
Below are just a few of the activities that Fellows have worked on in the last few years.
Workshops & Challenges
Student Organizations & Communities
Hackathons & Makeathons
Talks & Speaker Series
Workshops and Challenges
Shivanika Shah from JSSATE Noida, India, held an interactive student event in April 2017 focusing on teamwork, leadership, brainstorming techniques, design thinking, and the business model canvas.
South Plains College Fellows Nancy Munoz and Timmy Friesen hosted the “Refill Your Creative Juices Workshop” in April 2017. They held a series of short, hands-on activities to help students at their school think creatively.
Angelica Willis of North Carolina A&T State University hosted an event called STEM Girl Magic. Fifty participants took part in a design thinking workshop to redesign a wearable fashion or technology. More »
Fellows from Rowan University held the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Convention in April 2017. The event featured speakers, collaborative workshops, networking sessions, and interaction with other entrepreneurs and innovators. More »
In November 2016, Seline Dogan from Dalhousie University held a series eight of free entrepreneurship and innovation workshops with 30-40 attendees each week.
Fellows from Madanapalle Institute of Technology & Science hosted a day-long event that involved nearly 1,000 students. They held activities focused on campus resources, innovation and Google’s Android Development course.
Fellows at the University of Delaware have held two annual interactive campus events called 20K Passions. The event gives students an opportunity to express themselves through written sticky-note submissions at several stations around campus. More »
Drew Spooner and peers created the Hammock InitiativeNorth Dakota State University to bring people together and relax. Events have attracted hundreds of participants and have spread to other schools through self-proclaimed “Hammbassadors.” More »
Tanner Wheadon of Utah Valley University created a mobile prototyping cart to test out the need for a campus makerspace. He spent the Fall 2015 semester rolling the cart around campus to teach students design thinking. More »
Brad Turner and Magann Dykema converted an old bowling alley in a Michigan Tech student union building into the Alley Makerspace. The space was launched in October 2016. More »
In February 2016, Fellows and faculty mentors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham launched a student-run makerspace offerings 3D printing, electronics building kits and prototyping materials. More »
Fellows at the Colorado School of Mines opened the first campus makerspace in January 2017. They also created a second space for students to make progress on their low-resolution prototypes. More »
Zach Patterson led the launch of the first open Makerspace at the University of Pittsburgh with the help of administrators, professors, and other students. More »
Alan Xia gave new life to an underutilized space at Kettering University when he created Open Lab Days for campus community members to work on projects in an existing lab. More »
Fellows at La Salle University created the Innovation Factory makerspace in their library, which offers 3D printing, prototyping spaces and a gathering place for a community of makers. More »
Jade Garrett of George Mason University created MIX (Mason Innovation eXchange), a student-run space that provides workshops and access to making materials. More »
Jonathan Bopp of Missouri S&T helped to create a design bay for students to learn design thinking. He hosts a weekly event called IDEAS labs to help the space users discover new problems to tackle.
Student Organizations and Communities
Bre Przestrzelski co-founded The Design and Entrepreneurship Network, or The DEN, at Clemson University in 2014. The DEN is a community and a collection of spaces where students and their ideas come to grow, with mentoring from stakeholders from the community and campus ecosystem. More »
Tad Davis of South Plains College created the student club Student Entrepreneurs After Real Change or S.E.A.R.Ch. The club hosted an unconference on campus to give students an opportunity to discuss issues that they were passionate about. More »
Vincent Arena at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute created the organization Technology Innovation Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (TIES). He hopes to create a habitat where innovation and entrepreneurship can thrive, funded by savings from sustainability projects on campus.
Fellow Erin Winick established a Student Innovation Council for the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.
Ishwar Agarwal runs the Berea Innovation Studio, which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship at Berea College. The organization has hosted several pop-up classes and a design thinking workshop. More »
Yaser Alkayale (left) of Dalhousie University co-organized a free weeklong coding camp for Syrian refugees who were new to Canada. More »
Atle Alexander Johansen (right) from the University of North Dakota co-founded Volunteers Together to bridge the gap between students and the city of Grand Forks. More »
LaRissa Lawrie and Hannah Hund from Wichita State University held a design thinking workshop with local high school students.
Hackathons and Makeathons
In April 2016, Justin Hall from the University of Connecticut and team members from the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society hosted a hackathon focused on smart cities.
In April 2017, Fellows from the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología in Peru held a challenge called “Eco-Making.” Participants worked in teams to create prototypes of products using only recycled and easy-to-find materials. More »
Robin Bonatesta, Paul Dilyard, Sami Glass and other Fellows from Kent State University run the annual Kent Hack Enough hackathon. This brings together students to “hack” a great time building software and hardware projects in a weekend. More »
Josh Halverson led a team of students from the University of Minnesota to host the second annual 10,000 Makes Makeathon and embedded the event in a pre-existing student organization where it will continue in the future. More »
A team of Fellows from Tennessee Tech University held a survival-themed makeathon in Fall 2016. Participants were directed to “create a solution to help you survive or get off a deserted island with the supplies provided.” More »
Mara Decker from SIU Carbondale created the Ultra Mobile Design Thinking Cart to teach the topic to students in various locations.
Adrien Feudjio from Morgan State University developed the Morgan Konnect app to keep students connected to opportunities and resources. More »
As part of the #uifresh initiative, Ben Matthews at the University of Virginia held a design thinking workshop and an event connecting first-year students with entrepreneurial alumni. More »
Fellows at Michigan Tech held “Chill out with #uifresh” with 1,300 incoming students from all majors. The activity, which focused on ways to cope with winter weather, introduced students to the school’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. More »
Fellows and faculty mentors at Union College designed the curriculum for the new ICE (Innovation, Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset) course. This 10-week interdisciplinary course is open to all students. More »
KC Christopher, a Fellow and now adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University, changed the curriculum of the freshmen engineering class to include design thinking. More »
Fellows and faculty at James Madison University’s JMU X-Labs space to offer free pop-up classes — non-credit workshops to help faculty, students and community members learn new skills. More »
Talks and Speaker Series
In April 2017, Hannah Hund (left), LaRissa Lawrie and Saad Syed (right) hosted TEDxWichitaStateUniversity with the theme “Curiosity, Creativity, and Connection.” More »
Christina Oelsner (left) and a team of students organized TEDxWakeForestU in 2013 with the theme “Defining Our Future.” More »