April 16th

Innovation Happens Here

Welcome to Innovate at Iowa State’s inaugural Ignite Innovation Showcase, where we’re celebrating the energy of innovation blazing across Iowa State University’s campus. This is your ticket to being a part of that innovation, so prepare as we embark on eight days of invention, insight, and wonder.

View our full list of events below – all times are in CDT. Can’t make it to every event or in a different time zone? Click on the scheduled event to view the archived video or watch any of our on-demand offerings to join in anytime, anywhere!

Welcome to the Ignite Innovation Showcase

4:30 PM
Welcome to Ignite Week

Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University

Innovation happens at Iowa State University! Join ISU President Wendy Wintersteen as we enter the first day of our eight-day showcase where we’re celebrating the incredible work being done across our campus every day.

4:40 PM
Innovation Happens Here: Tour of the Student Innovation Center

Jim Oliver, Director of the Student Innovation Center

The Student Innovation Center, opened August 2020, is a hub that inspires innovation, collaboration, and experimentation across ISU’s campus. Join this virtual tour to see the 140,000-square-foot, five-floor facility and learn more about its unique and state-of-the-art resources and workspaces.

4:55 PM
Overview of the Week

Karen Piconi Kerns, Entrepreneur in Residence for President’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Get fired up! During the eight-day Ignite Innovation Showcase, you’ll have the opportunity to see amazing inventions first-hand, gain behind-the-scenes access to events, and join in on the conversations. Learn more about what the week has to offer.

Spotlighting Student Innovation

5:00 PM
Keynote Address: Learning Courage

Ana Pinto da Silva, MINKA

In this talk, Minka co-founder and CEO, Ana Pinto da Silva explores the intersection of equity, innovation and technology, challenging us as a collective community to center courage as the central driver for transformational change in a post-COVID-19 world.

6:00 PM
College of Design Dean’s Charrette: the Future of [Design] Education

Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Dean for the College of Design

The Dean of the College of Design is challenging students to continue the civic debate on a higher education through the innovative lens of a post-Covid era. Join us live to learn more about the challenge - and join us later this week, on Thursday, to hear the student’s solutions.

6:45 PM
A Legacy of Student Engagement and Impact

Hear more about the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management’s annual student-led Fashion Show.

7:00 PM
The Fashion Show 2021

Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

The runway, dazzling lights, and stunning clothing designs – it’s a sight that typically draws thousands of spectators each year. This year, you can join the annual student-led Fashion Show on the catwalk no matter where you are! Learn more.

9:00 PM
Ride Engineering Keynote

Dennis Muilenburg, Engineer and Business Executive

Join keynote speaker Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of New Vista Acquisition Corporation and owner, president and CEO of DAM CyFly Consulting, LLC, as he discusses "Innovation and the combination of technical and creative excellence in Planes, Rockets, and X-wings!"