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Engineering + empathy lead VU students to help kids with special needs

Nov. 18, 2019—Inspired to make a child’s life better through engineering and design, students from Vanderbilt, occupational therapists and professional engineers worked for three days straight—with little sleep—to build inventions that would make life a little easier for a child with special physical needs. Seven teams from diverse backgrounds took part in Vanderbilt’s third annual TOM Makeathon...

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Open Mind: Supporting our veterans, advancing our mission

Nov. 4, 2019—I am excited to announce that on Veterans Day, we will launch a web portal to share stories of the people and programs connected to the military at Vanderbilt that are making an impact—whether through active service, initiatives or life-changing research. There are many ways for Vanderbilt to apply our trans-institutional expertise to find bold...

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Art-themed, 36-hour hackathon will draw hundreds of students to Vanderbilt Nov. 1-3

Nov. 1, 2019—In a twist that turns hacking into art, VandyHacks VI will engage more than 550 students from Vanderbilt and Southern and Midwest schools in its hackathon—a 36-hour invention marathon—beginning Friday evening on Nov. 1 and ending Sunday, Nov. 3. Hacking in this context brings together creative thinkers, programmers, designers, builders and more for an intense...

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Soldiers partner with Vanderbilt engineers to create a new model for innovation

Oct. 21, 2019—GPS, duct tape, microwaves and computers—these everyday items have one thing in common: Each invented, in part or in whole, as the result of U.S. military research. The military’s rich history of innovation continues today at numerous labs and engineering centers. There is a gap, however. There are myriad problems at the warfighter level that...

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Leadership Lab Podcast Episode #11: Unleashing Innovation in Your Organization with Dr. David Owens

Oct. 16, 2019—Innovation expert, Dr. David Owens, joins Patrick in the lab to discuss how we can be more creative individuals, foster more innovative teams, and create organizations that allow innovators to thrive.

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Kicking off the 2019 Global Retail Challenge

Oct. 7, 2019—RILA and McGill University kicked off the Global Retail Challenge on Wednesday, September 26, 2019 with the support of seven sponsors – Accenture, Walgreens, UL, Columbia Sportswear, Qurate Retail Group, Nordstrom Inc., and lululemon. We are thrilled to report that we have 92 students representing 16 teams from 4 continents participating in the competition. Our Kickoff workshop...

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‘Impact After VU: Alumni Leading the Way in Social Impact and Entrepreneurship’ Oct. 18

Sep. 30, 2019—A panel discussion titled “Impact After VU: Alumni Leading the Way in Social Impact and Entrepreneurship” is planned for Friday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wond’ry, Room 300. The event will explore the experiences of Vanderbilt alumni working in social impact and social entrepreneurship careers. Moderator Meribah Knight, producer of the...

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Maker Faire at the Wond’ry Oct. 5 celebrates inventive spirit

Sep. 27, 2019—Vanderbilt will host the seventh annual Nashville Mini Maker Faire—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness—Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Wond’ry in the Innovation Pavilion. The faire, promoted as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “During the past two years...

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New leadership announced for the Wond’ry

Jun. 7, 2019—David A. Owens, a leading thinker on innovation and new product development and Owen Graduate School of Management faculty member, has been named the Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry. Owens is a professor of the practice of management and innovation and succeeds Robert Grajewski, the Wond’ry’s inaugural director. Grajewski is concluding his three-year term having launched the...

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Army Futures Command, Vanderbilt ink partnership to encourage innovation, education for both

Apr. 12, 2019—Army Futures Command and Vanderbilt University signed an agreement April 9 that links creative, innovative soldiers with top-tier Vanderbilt University experts so that ideas quickly can become useful products. Leaders from the two groups say this five-year education partnership agreement is a potential model for military-academic collaboration across the nation, not only on research and...

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