October 27, 2017

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Innovators Wanted.

Celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon and beyond

Join us as for a one-day, interdisciplinary festival as we highlight innovation among our students, faculty, and alumni, as well as, the wider Eugene community and connect participants to ideas, resources, and one another to advance entrepreneurial knowledge, opportunities, and shared pursuits.

The UO Innovation Summit is an organized set of activities that will include speaker presentations, interactive exhibits, skill-building workshops, pitch competitions, hackathons, performances, film showings, and art exhibitions all under the theme of ‘Innovation’. Activities will highlight the latest trends and thought-leadership across a range of disciplines including science, technology, media, social justice, global issues, arts and literature, sports, music, environment, gender and sexuality, and business.

The UO Innovation Summit will take place during homecoming and fall family weekend.

The University of Oregon and its Lundquist College of Business would like to thank Grant and Suanne Inman for their leadership gift to support the Innovation Summit. We would also like to thank Bob and Mary Ann Rode for their support of this interdisciplinary effort.


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10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Hayward Field

Compete in the fastest business pitch competition in the world for the opportunity to win up to $1,000.

Sustainable Cities Urbanism Next Research Initiative

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Straub Hall 156

Learn about the Sustainable Cities Urbanism Next Research Initiative, which launched in 2016 to serve as an interdisciplinary forum to address how shifts in technology will impact cities.

College of Arts and Sciences Lab Open Houses

Variable times
Across campus

Tour more than a dozen science and humanities labs across campus (and the state). Meet faculty, learn about the research being conducted in these labs, and the resources available

Open Lab at OIMB

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Tour the research laboratories of scientists and hear about our world-renowned research from faculty and graduate students. Parking is across the street.

Hack the Undergraduate Experience

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
EMU Redwood Room

Faculty and students are invited to come together and collectively brainstorm ideas to improve the general core curriculum through a fun and interactive session.

Media Today—School of Journalism and Communications

Variable times (multiple sessions)
Across campus

Learn about the changing role of the media in society today and how the School of Journalism and Communications is responding with innovative curriculum, programming and national initiatives.

The Art of the Possible: Harnessing Innovation and Creativity to Unlock Professional Potential—School of Law

Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Wayne L. Morse U.S. Federal Courthouse, Eugene

Learn about the professional possibilities that exist in the legal profession at this half-day conference with an esteemed line up of legal experts.

TAO Product Hunt Meetup

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
EMU, Redwood Room

Relax during the summit by attending the Technology Association of Oregon’s Product Hunt Meetup, a networking reception inspired by UO alumnus Ryan Hoover, who founded Product Hunt.

Startup Alley, Demonstrations and Poster Exhibitions

Variable times
EMU, Level 2, McMillan Gallery and Ballroom Lobby

Various units from across campus, including researchers from the College of Education’s Center for Teaching & Learning, School of Music and Dance, and Lundquist College of Business, as well as recent UO startup companies, will be demonstrating their products. View poster exhibitions from the College of Design and Clark Honors College—and a three-dimensional model of the College of Arts and Sciences’ under-construction Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall.

University of Oregon Innovator's Day

To support the inaugural University of Oregon Innovation Summit, President Michael H. Schill is encouraging the campus and greater Eugene/Springfield community to participate in the university's Innovation Week, October 24–29. President Schill has declared Friday, October 27, "UO Innovators' Day."

"The University of Oregon is a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, writers, artists, and makers. It is when all these creative forces come together to collaborate that we are at our very best. This in the environment in which ideas turn into innovations. In that spirit, the UO is proud to host the Innovation Summit and I declare Friday, October 27, 'UO Innovators' Day'."

Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law

Got an Idea? Looking for resources to advance that idea or project?

Check out the following UO departments and community organizations

UO resources for faculty and students
Have a business idea and want to confidentially discuss?
Eugene/Springfield entrepreneurial resource provider for the community