thinc-a-thon: UGA2015 (Redesigning the Student Experience)

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Are you interesting in working on diverse teams to create new innovations for campus?

Theme information:

Spend the day designing new products and services to improve any aspect of student life at the University of Georgia with students from various disciplines. This can be related to recreation, food, transportation, events, technology, and more. It is expected that the innovations created could be implemented on campus in Fall 2015.

Come experience the joys of design thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Join us for a fun, hands-on day of experiencing evidence-centered design, ideation, prototyping and business model development. Prizes will be awarded for the best ideas, prototypes, and business plans. Meals and snacks will be provided. Play with the latest technology including little bits, 3D Printers, Google Glass, MakeyMakey, Arduino, and more!

Winning team will earn the opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley and learn from some of the best venture capitalists and entreprenuers in the world while being immersed in the venture capital process and startup culture.

This event is free and spaces are limited! We’re looking for students from all levels (undergraduate and graduate) and backgrounds.

Pictures from previous event


Stan Gregory (Medical Robotics Lab – University of Georgia)

Jim Flannery (Four Athens)

Erica Parsons (The Hatch)

Zane Cochran (Hackberry Labs at Berry College)





Tentative Schedule:


5:30pm: Check-In

6- 6:30pm – Introduction to thinc-a-thon and challenge

6:30- 7:30pm – Design Thinking Intro

7:30pm – Meet with team/begin project work


10:00am – 7:00pm – Research, Ideation, Prototyping, and Testing

7:00-7:30pm – Presentations

7:30-8:pm – Wrap up

Suggested Items

The following are a list of items you may want to bring to help you develop your prototypes:

Hammer and nails
Measuring tape
Portable sewing machine
Toolkits (power tools, etc.)
Music (speakers, etc.)
Various textiles + papers
Other electronic components + sensors

Quick FAQ

1.) How are teams formed?/Do I need to join a team before attending?

Teams will be created on the Friday of the event with an emphasis on having students from multiple disciplines on each team.

2.) Do I need to have an idea in order to attend?

No, ideas for projects will be shared and decided on by each team.

3.) When does the Silicon Valley trip take place?

Spring semester 2015 (Exact date to be announced) 

More Questions?

Contact Gregory Wilson at

space apps

International Space Apps Challenge

The International Space Apps Challenge is a worldwide mass collaboration focused on space exploration, taking place in communities all over the world, including UGA. NASA is leading this global collaboration, along with a number of government entities and 100+ local organizations. The UGA event will be held in the Miller Learning Center–4th Floor, beginning at 9:30 a.m -8:00 p.m on April 12th and concluding April 13th at 9:30 a.m -6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to ANYONE (not just students) from ANY discipline (not just from engineering and science). This problem-solving exercise hopes to produce relevant, open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. There are over 40 challenges that covers the theme categories of: Technology in Space, Human Space Flight, Asteroids, Earth Watch and Robotics.


There are both technical challenges (such as creating an app, game, website, or hardware device) and less-technical challenges such as creating a short movie or designing astronauts’ clothing/wearable accessoriesGrand prizes will be awarded (including prizes from Microsoft) and teams can be nominated for GLOBAL ROUND! 

Information sessions will be held Wednesday, April 2 at 5:30 pm in the Boyd Graduate Center, Room 306 and Thursday, April 3 at 6 pm in the MLC/SLC Room 214.

UGA’s local event is being hosted by the UGA College of Engineering’s IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Student Branch.

Contact:  Eric Refour ( or Dr. Jenna Jambeck ( for more UGA details.


App Day at UGA

Society for Women in Technology, a student organization at UGA, has partnered with Microsoft to bring App Day to UGA. App Day will be a fun computer science event to teach high school students  — female and male — the basics of programming principles while having a fun time.

Student will build their own simple applications in just a few hours, using their phones, tablets or computers. App Day is an initiative by SWT and Microsoft to increase the interest of students into computer science and other technology-related fields early on.


Sponsored by Society for Women in Technology at UGA

More information: Fatima M. Marigorda,


2014 Thinc. Prize for Innovation

Come and watch UGA student teams compete for the annual UGA Thinc. Prize for Innovation! This event will feature students from across campus competing for top honors and cash prizes in the areas of function, innovation, innovation, aesthetics and entrepreneurship with their design and operation of a Rube Goldberg Machine. Awards will include a special “Audience Favorite” cash prize presented to the team with the most enthusiastic audience endorsement. Show your support student innovation, and vote for your favorite team!

  • 1st  Place: $1,500 + Trophy
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • 3rd Place: $500
  • Audience Favorite: $300. Audience favorite may go to any team, including one of the top three winners.

For information contact Ryan Adolphson.

Sponsored by The College of Engineering, Office of the Vice President for Research and the President’s Venture fund.

Scott Gerber

Never Get a “Real” Job: Scott Gerber

Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, is a hard-working, self-taught young entrepreneur. His goal is to teach unemployed and underemployed aspiring small business owners, students, and recent college graduates how to quit 9-to-5s, become their own bosses, and achieve financial independence.

Come find out how Gerber bounced back from his first failure (and near bankruptcy) to go on to start many successful businesses, without ever having a “real” job. He will share various lessons learned, including why you must kill your ego; avoiding a bottomless money pit; business plans suck; how to act like a startup; and shoestrapping, because the boot is too expensive. Join us for a Q&A session after the speech.


Seen/Unseen: Sapelo

Nestled between the tourism juggernauts of Savannah and the Golden Isles, McIntosh County, Georgia is a remarkable yet underinvestigated location in terms of its rich history. The Georgia Virtual History Project and the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, working closely with community partners on Sapelo Island, at Harris Neck, and in Darien, aim to build that history into something that not only reveals the depth of what is local, but also makes clear how the local there is truly the story of Georgia. There is perhaps nowhere else in the state where environment and agriculture, bondage and freedom, race and politics, struggle and aspiration all lie so close to the surface. After nearly 4,000 years of human habitation, Sapelo is  our harshest past and our most promising future. With this preview of our work there, through electronic and in-person presentations, we aim to tell a small part of that story.

The Georgia Virtual History Project is an effort to use new and interactive technologies to record the history of the state of Georgia and make it available to multiple audiences, from eighth-graders and the general public to college students and academic professionals. The GVHP will have not only a permanent website, but also a dedicated mobile app that will allow participants to access mini-documentaries, historical resources, and tourism-related information using image-recognition software at multiple locations across the state.

Seen/Unseen: Sapelo is made possible by the support of the Office of the Vice President for Research at UGA and the McIntosh County Historical Society.

Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts



Advancing the Startup to Scaleup Movement: David Butler

David Butler, Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company, will talk about breakthrough innovation and how Coke is building an entrepreneurial culture and capability – advancing the startup to scaleup movement. 

After a brief presentation, attendees will have the rare opportunity to interact with Mr. Butler in an extended question and answer session.

She Started It

She Started It: UGA Women Innovating

Come hear from some of UGA’s most innovative and thoughtful women as they share experiences and insights about the role of women in entrepreneurship. A mixture of students, alumni and faculty will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities facing women in the modern workplace and what they’ve learned during their personal journeys. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts as well during an extended Q&A session.