2017 Hawkeye Innovation Expo Agenda

2017 Hawkeye Innovation Expo Agenda

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Join us as we celebrate innovation at the University of Iowa on Friday, April 21 during the Hawkeye Innovation Expo!

This event brings the UI’s most innovative faculty, staff, and students together in one place to celebrate successes, inspire new creations, and encourage networking for future collaborations. Throughout the day, there will be competitions, workshops, and an innovation & entrepreneurship expo that you won’t want to miss.

Come to as much, or as little as your schedule allows. No cost to attend!

Hawkeye Innovation Expo
Friday, April 21
Iowa Memorial Union

Celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship across the University of Iowa campus. 

RSVP HERE for events listed below

Details regarding the Scavenger Hunt from April 3-20 click HERE

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Entrepreneurship Panel Luncheon

  • Students and University faculty/staff only – RSVP HERE
  • Location: 2nd Floor Ballroom

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Hawkeye Innovation Expo 

  • Open to public – RSVP HERE
  • Location: IMU Main Lounge


Other events during the day to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation! All events are being held in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Venture School Competition

  • Description:  Venture School Spring 2017 cohort from across the state will be pitching head-to-head for a cash prizes totaling of $25K!

8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Frontier Co-Op Tippie Impact Competition 

  • Description: Students from the University of Iowa will pitch their business plans that are based around sustainability.

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Breakout Session #1 

  • Students only – RSVP HERE
  • 3rd Floor of the IMU
  • Sessions include:

Design Thinking: A human-centered approach to innovation (Sarah Vigmostad)

Design thinking refers to creative strategies that designers use during the process of designing. It is also an approach that can be used to resolve problems. Design thinking shares a common set of traits: creativity, ambidextrous thinking, teamwork, user-centeredness, curiosity, and optimism.

Pitch Perfect: Perfecting how to publicly tell your story (Anna Bruno)

Your product is groundbreaking but no one has ever heard of it. You’ve determined a market need but no one is aware of it. You have a team that can execute but no one believes in you. This session will cover how to craft and deliver an effective pitch to turn these situations around.  We’ll discuss what it means to understand the audience, how to craft a memorable and informative story, and the act of presenting your pitch.

Start Today: How to take the first step with your idea  (Joe Sulentic and David Gould)

This session will cover both presenters’ past experiences and the advice they have for students who have a big idea but don’t know how to get started. These entrepreneurial educators believe that we can turn the city into our classroom – and when we equip ourselves with an innovative mindset, this classroom can lead us to a wealth of knowledge.

Funding The Future: Crowd source funding through UI and beyond (Theresa Jubert)

The University of Iowa Foundation and University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development have partnered to offer faculty and staff a tool for soliciting donations to support research and other academic-related activities. GOLDrush, the UI’s crowdfunding site, launched in November 2016 and will be opening to student groups in 2017. Learn what makes a crowdfunding project viable and how you can be successful with entrepreneurial fundraising.

Beyond the Startup: Leadership lessons for success (Rob Kincaid)

You’ve got a business idea, a polished pitch, and some initial funds. Now what? Leadership and team-building skills are vital to the success of your startup, but many entrepreneurs forget these foundational aspects of business creation. Explore three key leadership lessons that will increase your chance of success!

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Breakout Session #2

  • Students only – RSVP HERE
  • Sessions will be the same for Session 1 & 2

Thursday kick-off event:

7:30 p.m. | Neri Oxman Lecture 

  • Open to the public – RSVP HERE 
  • Description: Neri Oxman conducts research on computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology and applies that knowledge to design across scales from the micro scale to the building scale.