Entries by Laurie Moore

How to Turn an Idea into a Reality

Bucknell Fellow William Wall created a brand new design thinking pre-orientation program in just 10 months. by William Wall, University Innovation Fellow, Bucknell University In November 2017, Bucknell’s newest UIF cohort took on the Silicon Valley Meetup. With so many amazing minds and inspirational speeches, I left charged with excitement to make big changes on […]

358 students named University Innovation Fellows for Fall 2018

358 students from 96 higher education institutions in 16 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make […]

Design Constraint Yields New Global Event

By Katie Dzugan When we hold the Silicon Valley Meetup in California every year, we invite a huge number of people: 250+ Fellows, 24 FABs (UIF leaders/support), 20-30 faculty champions, speakers, special guests and more. Due to space constraints at the d.school and at Google, we’re limited to 300 people. Fitting all of these people […]

Applications Open for Fall 2018 UIF Program

Applications are live for the University Innovation Fellows program Fall 2018 training cycle! The deadline is May 21, 2018. Please apply here: universityinnovationfellows.org/apply/application/.   Process This application is team-based; students and a faculty champion will work on one application together. Faculty champions begin an application via our apply page and invite students to complete application […]

A Family of Changemakers

The March 2018 Silicon Valley Meetup brought together 280 University Innovation Fellows and faculty for four days of learning and bonding over the shared mission of change in higher education.   Intense, shared experiences have a way of connecting people to one another in a special and long-lasting way. The University Innovation Fellows Silicon Valley […]

Big Changes Ahead: UIF Program Updates

The UIF team is excited to share some important changes to our program that we believe will result in even greater impact on your campus.   University Innovation Fellows and their faculty champions know just how often we emphasize prototyping, gaining feedback, and continually improving. Just as we ask Fellows to do this as they […]

A Celebration to Remember

330 students and faculty from 80 schools joined us for our program’s fifth birthday during the Silicon Valley Meetup on November 16-20, 2017.   by Laurie Moore It was a weekend of firsts, perfect for a birthday celebration. When the University Innovation Fellows program turned five years old in Fall 2017, our program team decided […]

229 students named University Innovation Fellows for Fall 2017

229 students from 62 higher education institutions in 10 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make […]

Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018 UIF Program

Applications are live for the University Innovation Fellows program Spring 2018 training cycle! Please apply here: http://universityinnovationfellows.org/apply/application/. Process This application is team-based; students and a faculty champion will work on one application together on the platform YouNoodle. Each team member will have access to and be able to complete their piece of the application. Once […]

UIF Workshop Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an in-depth article about our program’s Teaching and Learning Studio faculty workshop. What does it look like to learn and apply design thinking in higher education? This was the focus of a Chronicle of Higher Education article about our program’s Teaching and Learning Studio faculty workshop. The feature article, […]

Creating an Innovation Revolution in India

Changemakers from schools across India came together in Bangalore to reimagine public higher education. When our program partnered with Google’s India developer training initiative, we knew that this collaboration would mean multiple trips abroad to understand the higher education system there. We never could have imagined that this would lead to our team standing in […]

Inclusive Design at Microsoft’s One Week Hackathon

Four University Innovation Fellows from the University of Technology Sydney were selected as the winning team in a Microsoft inclusive design challenge for Fellows. Their prize? A trip to Redmond, WA, to participate in the Microsoft One Week Hackathon. by Irene Hsieh, Corey Stewart, Peter Cole and Matthew Childs Originally posted on Medium. “3! 2! 1! […]

Learning to Lead Change Together

University Innovation Fellows and faculty explored new ways to reimagine higher education during the Silicon Valley Meetup in March 2017. by Laurie Moore On a sunny afternoon in March at Stanford University, several hundred students designed experiments to test out new learning opportunities at their schools. An hour later, they listened, rapt, as Stephanie Santoso […]

Understanding Student Perspectives

The pilot of the Shadow a Student Higher Ed Challenge will take place April 20-27, 2017. In the University Innovation Fellows program, empathy is a big part of our daily practice. One of our core values is the emphasis on learning and understanding the experiences, challenges and joys of others so we can solve our world’s […]

Discovery and Design at Georgia Tech

University Innovation Fellows collaborated with local students and entrepreneurs at the Georgia Tech Regional Meetup in November 2016. If you wanted to discover a new opportunity, learn how to build and test it, and figure out how to bring it to market — all in the space of two days — the University Innovation Fellows […]

The Transformative Power of Empathy

Tanner Wheadon — a University Innovation Fellow from Utah Valley University and now at Purple, Inc. — shares his very personal story about love, loss and empathy. by Tanner Wheadon Originally published on LinkedIn I truly have the greatest job in the world. As an innovation consultant, I get to spend each day learning about […]

Press Release: 224 Students Named University Innovation Fellows

224 students from 58 higher education institutions in 7 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make […]

University Innovation Fellows Program Partners with Google on India Initiative

By the UIF program team (Leticia, Humera, Katie and Laurie) We are thrilled to share that the University Innovation Fellows program is partnering with Google on a new international initiative. Google India has committed to training 2 million mobile developers in India to meet the increasing pace of global technological innovation. At the Google University […]

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 UIF Program

  Applications for the University Innovation Fellows program 2017 fall training are now live! Please request an application here: universityinnovationfellows.org/apply/application. Once requested, you will receive access to the full student application within 24 hours. What You Need In order for your application to be complete, you need the following materials: A student application (one per […]

Start with Empathy

By the UIF program team (Leticia, Humera, Katie and Laurie) The University Innovation Fellows program reflects the voices of students and faculty around the U.S. and the world. We felt it was important to reinforce this program’s core values in light of the Trump administration’s executive order on January 27 that impacts the immigration system of […]

Brewing Innovation Spaces

Fellows from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and their faculty sponsor share lessons they learned from hosting a regional meetup on November 3-5, 2016. by UWM University Innovation Fellows and Dr. Ilya Avdeev Are you thinking about hosting a regional University Innovation Fellows meetup at your fine academic institution? Do you want to learn more about […]

What Does Entrepreneurship Mean to You?

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy features the University Innovation Fellows Program during National Entrepreneurship Month. In his Presidential Proclamation of National Entrepreneurship Month 2016, President Barack Obama writes: “Through their intrepid sense of possibility and resilience, and their unwillingness to give in or give up, entrepreneurs from every walk of life […]

Surviving a Makeathon: Lessons from Tennessee Tech

Jacqueline Schulz, a University Innovation Fellow from Tennessee Tech University, shares her team’s tips and lessons learned from hosting their survival-themed makeathon this fall. by Jacqueline Schulz Recipe for Successful Makeathon: Various random objects and fabrication supplies A cool theme Free food, and lots of it Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, not quite, but don’t get me […]

Press Release: 169 Students Named University Innovation Fellows

  169 students from 49 higher education institutions in four countries have been named University Innovation Fellows. The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and […]

Changing the World: Adventures at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

When Alexandra Seda, a University Innovation Fellow at Ohio Northern University, co-facilitated a workshop during Stanford University’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit, she met passionate changemakers from around the world. Here, she shares stories of five female entrepreneurs as well as her own journey of transformation. Applications for the University Innovation Fellows program are due October 31, 2016. by […]