Idea Generation with Kyle Williams

How to use design thinking to generate ideas for new projects and businesses. Collaborate with diverse students and learn the techniques to continue developing the entrepreneurial mindset.

Kyle is currently the Conservation Director of Athens Land Trust, which seeks to encourage cohesive communities by conserving land and natural resources, providing sustainable affordable housing, and supporting local agriculture. He has degrees from Yale and Stanford, and was a lecturer in Stanford’s design school.

Agbioscience Startup Company Safari

The agbiosciences are not only one of the signature areas of academic research at UGA, but also a space where the university has spawned or attracted a number of startup companies focused on innovative products and services related to agriculture, food, biomass, and the environment.

The Agbioscience Startup Safari will tour the research and/or production facilities of three companies associated with UGA’s Innovation Gateway startup incubator on campus. Led by the founders or chief scientific officers of these companies, the tour will provide a behind the scenes look at innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship in the modern agbiosciences.

Companies included in the safari:

PhytoSynthetix: Designs high-performance lighting systems for optimal plant growth.

Meredian Holdings Group: Commercializes sustainable, renewable bioplastic technologies for global customers.

Tour participants will also be able to participate in the Innovation Gateway Open House held from 5 to 6:30 PM at the CAGT Building.

 Sponsored by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Innovation Gateway.


Sustainability & Social Entrepreneurism

Workshop offered by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, May 20-21, 2015.

What is social entrepreneurship and its relevance to the sustainability of your nonprofit organization? Over this two-day session, participants will deepen their understanding of social entrepreneurship, analyze their programs and services to identify potential opportunities for social entrepreneurship, and explore the implications of adding entrepreneurial strategies totheir portfolio of programs and services.

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development helps communities, organizations, and individuals plan for the future, develop and strengthen their capacity, resolve conflicts, and build the necessary skills to achieve their goals.

Aleta Hayes

Learning Social Entrepreneurship Through Movement

A workshop led by Stanford University dance instructor Aleta Hayes, who regulrly works with Stanford’s famed D-School, uses  dance and free movement to increase leadership and collaboration.

Aleta will teach how to increase your self-confidence, how to be open to new ideas and concepts, and how to build and lead (and sometime follow) teams to affect change in your community. Aleta holds an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Drama, Dance and the Visual Arts from Stanford. Hayes has taught at Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, and Princeton University, where she developed “pedagogically innovative courses that combined cultural and performance history, theory, and performance.” She has collaborated with instructors at Stanford’s design school to teach such as Engineering Innovation, How to Be a Cyborg, and Leadership through Flow.

Sponsored by UGA Department of Dance and Office of the Vice President for Research.

UGA/Athens Startup Ecosystem Design Thinking Session

How can UGA/Athens become a better ecosystem for startups?

Drop-in for 30 minutes or so from on the Fourth Floor of the Library for a fun and informal Design Thinking session. We will be there from 2 til 4PM.

Our challenge will be  to gather your ideas about how to create a better entrepreneurial community at UGA and in Athens. We will have snacks and drinks and Design Thinking tools to help you! Results will be posted on the Thinc website.

Sponsored by eHub.


Rapid Prototyping with Emerging Technologies

At the Makerspace open house, students from all backgrounds will have the opportunity to learn how to create engaging products and experiences with the latest technology including Makey Makey, littleBits, 3D printers and more!

Innovation Gateway Open House

See why UGA’s Innovation Gateway matters: learn about companies started by UGA faculty who are working on cures for diabetes, cancer and other diseases. Find out how these companies engage students and industry partners. Tour and reception.



Third annual TEDxUGA.

A locally organized TED event, featuring ideas worth spreading by UGA students and faculty.

UGA alumni, students, faculty, and staff will be offered a chance to register to attend the event on Thurs., Feb. 12 starting at 9 a.m.

More information.



Slingshot: Sensory Overload Conference on Big Data Perceptualization

Part of SLINGSHOTFestival, the international festival of music, electronic art, and tech, in Athens, GA March 26-28. 

Big Data Perceptualization

The Sensory Overload Conference will provide a unique academic conference experience with world class scholars presenting artistic and useful tools for the analysis of big data using sonification, visualization and advanced analysis. Sensory Overload bridges gaps between the sciences, humanities and arts to provide a forum for students, faculty and staff from all disciplines to learn and experience data from new and useful perspectives.


Kyle McDonald is an artist who works in the open with code. He is a contributor to arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and spends a significant amount of time building tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. Read more.

Thomas E. Potok is the Leader of the Computation Data Analytics Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and an adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. Read more.

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is Director of the Allosphere Research Facility and inventor of the Allosphere at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she is also Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Professor of Music. Read more.

Data Perceptualization CompetitionFinal exhibition and $1000 First Prize announcement.  This competition seeks to discover and showcase creative and innovative approaches to data visualization, sonification, and other modes of data perceptualization.

Co-sponsored by Slingshot, UGA College of Engineering, and UGA Office of the Provost