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the Wond'ry E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

October 2020

This Fall at the Wond’ry

Hello Innovators!

This semester at the Wond’ry has certainly looked different than previous years, but we are continuing to help people bring their ideas to reality!  Thank you to everyone who has participated in our online programs and events this semester.  Thank you also to all the individuals who have made use of the Wond’ry’s makerspaces through our new reservation system!  Every day, students, faculty, and staff are making use of our physically-distanced maker stations to keep creating and inventing.  We’ve seen a lot of exciting projects come through the Wond’ry during the first half of this semester, and we still have more exciting offerings to bring you for the second half, including both in-person and online workshops and events!  Read on to see what we’ve been up to, as well as what’s coming up next.


The Wond’ry Team


Upcoming Events


Making Dollars and Sense of Your Music Career

Wond’ry Mentor Jason Burchard and Brian Huefner of RootNote, a Nashville-based music company, will talk about tools and resources new musicians can make use of during their journey to go professional.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Central

Click Here to RSVP for the Event


Using IBM Watson Studio in Data Science

IBM Watson Studio allows for the building, running, and management of powerful, customizable AI models. Armen Pischdotchian, Academic Developer at IBM Global University Programs, will introduce how to use Watson Studio for Data Science projects in this interactive online presentation. Attendees will be guided through how to use Python in web-based Jupyter Notebooks via Watson Studio.

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central

Click Here to RSVP


Coffee Talk: Coffee’s Cross Disciplinary Intersections

The Coffee Equity Lab will present its final lecture for this semester exploring issues related to the coffee industry.  For this lecture, Vanderbilt University faculty will explore how studies in coffee intersect with diverse academic disciplines as a way of illustrating how students, faculty and the public can engage with coffee personally, intellectually, and professionally.   Presenter panel includes Peter Martin (VU Medical Center), Tiffany Patterson (African American & Diaspora Studies), and Holly Tucker (French).

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 4:00 PM Central

Register here


Innovation Open Mic

In collaboration with I-Corps South at Georgia Institute of Technology, the Wond’ry hosts a monthly Innovation Open Mic event, where aspiring innovators are invited to practice presenting their ideas and projects to a panel of entrepreneurial experts and mentors.  Whether a business, non-profit, technology, or invention, all ideas are welcome.  At the end of each event, presenters receive feedback from the mentor panel to help them improve their projects.

This event is limited to presenters and mentors only.  Presenters must apply prior to the event in order to present.  To find out how to apply, check out the Innovation Open Mic page.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central


Wond’ry Executive Director David Owens guest-stars on podcast De Travesias

The Wond’ry’s own Evans Family Executive Director David Owens was featured on Luis Urban’s podcast, De Travesias, for their 10th episode!  Dave and Luis chat about Dave’s study of creativity and innovation, and the myriad forms they take.

Listen to the episode on Spotify


In the News



The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is now accepting applications for the WBENC Cummins Grant for Black Student Female Founders, a funding initiative to support emerging Black female entrepreneurs with innovative companies focused on sustainability.  The grant program will provide $2,000 to $6,000 funding awards to Black female entrepreneurs in STEM currently enrolled in college or university, or recently graduated.

Applilcations are due October 23, 2020.

Click here for more information and to apply


The Rice Business Plan Competition is the currently accepting applications from graduate-level student startups. The competition is organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, with prizes totaling $1.3 million.

Applications are due January 17, 2021

Click here for more information and to apply


COVID-19 Innovation at the Wond’ry

With the current global situation requiring changes big and small to our daily lives, the Wond’ry has been working to help develop innovative solutions to a number of pressing issues.  You can check on recent developments at a new page on our website:

COVID-19 Innovation at the Wond’ry


Online Events at the Wond’ry

Keep innovating at home by joining the Wond’ry for online events!  Hosted via Zoom, the Wond’ry will be bringing you interesting lectures, engaging workshops, and innovative virtual gatherings.

Check out our Online Events page:



Virtual Office Hours

The Wond’ry staff are now hosting virtual office hours via Zoom!  Check out the Wond’ry homepage to see available hours.  Please note that some staff members require you to book a timeslot via Calendly.  Alternatively, other staff members will have open Zoom meeting rooms during their scheduled times.


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