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The Wond’ry’s Innovation Garage with Accenture

Oct. 11, 2018—The Innovation Garage program is a year-long immersive project where teams of students work with a faculty mentor, alongside members of the Wond’ry team and a corporate sponsor to develop innovative and disruptive solutions from ideation all the way to prototype, concluding in a summer internship. Accenture, a large technology consulting firm, was the corporate...

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My IBM Summer Experience at the Wond’ry

Aug. 27, 2018—WATSON HELLO: A Snapshot of my Summer Experience with IBM and the Wond’ry “Watson Hello” “Hi. I’m here to help. Feel free to ask me for flower recommendations (or delivery info).” I felt euphoric as my IBM TJbot, which is a robot made of cardboard running on IBM Watson operating systems, responded to me after...

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Robert Grajewski says “exciting things happening” at the Wond’ry

May. 16, 2018—By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “There are some really exciting things happening here,” Robert Grajewski, Executive Director of the Wond’ry at Vanderbilt University, says. Roughly two years into his tenure, the Co-Founder of several start-ups and former venture capitalist described the facility and its programming as “the sandbox for all disciplines” at the...

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ArtLab explores intersections of art and science

Apr. 4, 2018—Whether art can actually boost a scientist’s creativity is just one of the intriguing questions that a group of faculty, students and staff are exploring in ArtLab, an interdisciplinary workshop started last fall by Kendra Oliver, an instructor of pharmacology.

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Thank you for attending ArtLab F18!

Mar. 9, 2018—ArtLab was a fantastic success with the numerous ArtLab participants and guests that both submitted their artwork and attended the exhibition on March 1-2. This success would not be possible without the support of the Curb Center and the Wond’ry. The ArtLab exhibition was sold out with over 50 people registered for the event. The...

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The Wond’ry Spotlight Darko Osman

Feb. 16, 2018—Çonî! My name is Darko Osman. I am a sophomore at Vanderbilt University in the Next Steps Program. Next Steps is a 4-year, inclusive, postsecondary program for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, that aims to prepare students to live and work independently. I am excited to be one of the first student ambassadors at...

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Think you’ve got a great idea? Stop talking, start listening

Jan. 18, 2018—One of the biggest challenges for first-time entrepreneurs is falling too much in love with their ideas. You’ve spent so many sleepless nights with it, so many fascinated days, watched it grow – and now it’s your baby. That’s understandable, but emotional attachment can keep you from listening to constructive feedback and lead you down...

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Is Venture Capital Funding right for me? How about these possible Alternative Funding Sources?

Jan. 4, 2018—A recent, much-read analysis of venture capital funds drying up – and quickly – probably didn’t surprise entrepreneurs trying to round up support. It’s death by 1,000 coffee chats out there sometimes, meeting with potential investor after potential investor and always walking away empty handed. We’re coming to the end with a national romance with...

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Mayor Megan Barry

Dec. 9, 2017—Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Mayor Megan Barry speak to the senior engineering class about ethics in engineering projects. She established that there are three primary approaches for ethical dilemmas–– rules-based, relationship-based, and consequence-based. When an ethical quandary is approached from the rules-based perspective, the decision maker focuses on what hard and...

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The Heritage Months Project

Dec. 8, 2017—The mission of the Wond’ry at its very core lies in the way we foster innovation in all fields and act as a catalyst for building and strengthening creativity across campus. While students are provided the resources and opportunities to form new insights for becoming agents of innovation in today’s workforce, it is imperative that...

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