Skip to main content

Events

Upcoming Events

AI Summer Program

Join the DSI for a hands on AI Summer of leveraging the state-of-the-art transformer architecture in deep learning! This 4 week session will be help from May 10th – June 3rd, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 AM – 12 PM. In this short course, you’ll learn how to use, train, and share your models, using your own research or project data. The Summer course, while free, has limited capacity.

Click here to register. 

May 10th – June 3rd
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays  from 9:00 AM – 12:PM

 

 


Diverso Work Positions Open!

Diverso, is a nonprofit organization, made by students for students, dedicated to changing the face of entertainment by empowering the underrepresented storytellers of the next generation.

They are looking for new members for the 2022 – 2023 school year and will have applications open for all of April and May 2022. They are a small team, so you will get to gain valuable entrepreneurial experience in multiple aspects of development, producing, and management. You must be agile, adaptable, and a self-starter. They encourage underclassmen, freshman and sophomores especially, to apply!

Sounds interesting? Have questions? Email them at hello@dvrso.org

Applications running through May, 2022

 

 


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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Central

 

 


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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Central

 

 


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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Central

 

 

Previous Events

VI4 Artist in Residence Program

This residency consists of a 10-week artistic collaboration within a research environment, occurring entirely remotely. Artists will create artwork related to the laboratories’ research. The hope is that this art will be included in scientific manuscripts, submitted as cover art to various scientific journals, and/or used to promote the laboratory on web sites, social media, and other public-facing platforms. In addition to the laboratories promoting the artists’ work, these collaborations may also be featured at VI4 events and other exhibitions sponsored by ArtLab and/or Vanderbilt.

Click here to register. 

Application due by May 6th
Program runs June 13th – August 19th

 


The Walk of Wond’ry

The Wond’ry is Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation, and is a resource that is available to staff, faculty, and students. On May 12th, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, you can meet and greet some of the Wond’ry staff, and learn about the different practice areas that are housed within the Wond’ry. There will be a table for each area and you can enter a giveaway to win some really cool Wond’ry swag! We will be on the Sidewalk at 2415 Garland Avenue. (Rain location: Engineering and Science Building, Suite 102)

May 12th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Sidewalk at 2415 Garland Avenue 

 


Canvas Stretching and Painting Workshop

Destress this finals week! Come build your own canvas at the Wond’ry’s Canvas Stretching Workshop. You’re welcome to stay and paint, too! All materials provided. This workshop is led by Kelly Chang.

Click here to register. 

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 6:00-8:00 PM
Wond’ry, 2nd Floor Makerspaces

 


Startups and Slices

Join VINES every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for discussions, guest speakers, food, and community surrounding startups and entrepreneurship. Everyone welcome!

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 6:30 PM
ESB 044/048 (The basement classrooms at The Wond’ry)

 


BioTech Meetup


Learn more and register here: https://sphasebiofund.com/

Attendees will include distinguished guests Ron Shigeta, Ph.D. (co-founder of IndieBio and a serial biotech entrepreneur based in San Francisco, CA), Will Clem and Orin Wilson (co-founders of Bite Ninja, YC ’21 based in Memphis, TN), Vanderbilt students/postdocs/faculty, and industry professionals from the greater Nashville area.

April 25, 2022, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
the Wond’ry, 3rd Floor

 


Experiment to Enterprise Program

Are you an undergraduate, professional, masters, or PhD student (or postdoctoral scholar) working on research or a thesis? Have you ever wanted to start a company or venture? Do you want to learn how to transform your research to make a positive impact on the world??

Then the Experiment to Enterprise Program is for you!

Click here to Learn More 

April 23 & 30, 2022, 10:00 AM
Virtual 

 


Working at the Wond’ry

Students, have you ever wanted to work at the Wond’ry? On April 21st, at 6:00 PM, Daniel Kang will be leading an info session and discussion on the application process at the 3rd floor of the Wond’ry. Come out for some free food and find out how you can get plugged in!

Click here to register. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 6:00 PM
Wond’ry, 3rd Floor

 

 

 


DIY Sensors: Sonar Triggered Alarms

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of interfacing a sonar sensor to trigger a buzzer to act as an alarm system. You will be soldering together different components: an LCD to display the closest distance an object came to the sensor, a piezo buzzer to produce the necessary sound and an LED triggered by the sonar sensor. Workshop led by Jireh Katebe.

Click here to register. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 7:00 PM
Wond’ry, 2nd Floor Electrical Makerspace 

 


Laser Cutting: Wind Up Car Workshop

Come make some rubber band wind up cars with Chey Sirota, and impress your friends with your skills!

Click here to register. 

Monday, April 18, 2022, 6:00 PM
Wond’ry, 2nd Floor Mechanical Makerspace 

 

 


EmTech Talks: Welcome to the Metaverse? 

Join Professor Ole Molvig, founder of the Emerging Technology Lab at the Wond’ry, for a wide-ranging discussion and hands-on demonstration of the “Metaverse.” Topics to include the origins and future intersections of technologies such as spatial computing, virtual and augmented reality, and the blockchain. The Emerging Technology Lab is dedicated to the creative exploration of novel technologies and thoughtful reflection on their social implications. No prior experience required. Click Here to Register. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 5:00 PM 
Wond’ry 

 

 


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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Central

 

 

 


Startups and Slices

Join VINES every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for discussions, guest speakers, food, and community surrounding startups and entrepreneurship. Everyone welcome!

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:30 PM
ESB 044/048 (The basement classrooms at The Wond’ry)

 


Epoxy Casting Workshop

Come learn about the molding and casting process by making 2022 graduation themed keychains and coasters. There will be multiple keychain and coaster molds to choose from with a variety of additives (glitter, colors, etc.) to personalize them. *Finished keychains and coasters will be ready for pick up 2 days after casting. Click here to register.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:00 PM
the Wond’ry, 2nd Floor, Mechanical Makerspace

 

 


Pathways in Social Innovation Panel

Join us on April 11th at 4:30 for our Pathways in Social Innovation Panel! Our panelists Shana Berkeley, Daniel Kang, and Jonathan Newberry will discuss the application of social innovation in academic, corporate, and community settings. Expect to gain insight on what you can do next to create impact utilizing existing opportunities for meaningful change!

Click here to register

 

 

Monday, April 11th, 2022, 4:30 PM
the Wond’ry, 3rd Floor

 


Emerge 2022

On Saturday, April 9th, 2021, Vanderbilt’s very own emerging technology conference will return, taking place in-person at Vanderbilt’s Engineering and Science Building/The Wond’ry! Emerge, the First Emerging Technologies Conference in the South, is a one-day conference hosted by Vanderbilt University’s Women in Computing (ACM-W) student organization. After a successful first four years focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, and Smart Homes, the 2022 iteration of Emerge will spotlight Virtual Reality, including the Metaverse! Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss virtual reality, as well as connect and network with industry-leading speakers and sponsors. Emerge 2022 hopes to see you there!

Click here to RSVP

Saturday, April 9th, 2022, 11 AM – 5 PM
the Wond’ry and ESB

 


QT Py Computer Workshop Series: Microcontrollers with CircuitPython

Are you interested in learning how to program a tiny computer to read a sensor? Have you ever wanted to set up a sensor to record motion, humidity level, or temperature data? Join us in this three-session workshop series, and we’ll show you how to program a QT Py RP2040 microcontroller the size of your thumbnail using CircuitPython. Each session is structured to function as a stand-alone workshop, but we recommend attending all three if possible as they supplement each another. 

Open to Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students, and postdocs. Registration is required. For more information and registration, see http://vanderbi.lt/circuitpython

April 8, and 15th
Virtual

 


Our Heavenly Bodies Fashion Show

Our Heavenly BodiesVandy Vanity’s inaugural fashion show featuring the best and brightest of Nashville. This year’s “Our Heavenly Bodies” show will be a night to remember! This will be a free show on April 7th at 7:00 PM, at the Wyatt Lawn.

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7:00 PM
Wyatt Lawn

 


Canvas Painting Workshop

Canvas Painting Workshop April 7th from 6-7 PM

 Join Annabel Hines on April 7th, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, for a relaxing canvas painting session at the 2nd Floor Mechanical Makerspace of the Wond’ry. You can choose to paint a canvas or a wood plaque and then can add your favorite quote with a vinyl stencil.

Click here to register. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
2nd Floor, Mechanical Makerspace

 


Upcycling Workshop

Join us as we teach you the practical skills of sewing and the art of upcycling. Learn how to make a tote bag from a t-shirt and how to hem pants in the beautiful Wond’ry Makerspace.

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
The Wond’ry, 2nd Floor Makerspaces

 

 


Beat for the Gods Drag Show/Brunch

Hosted by LAMDA, ​get excited for a mythical medley of heavenly performances from professional and student Drag Queens, Kings, and Jesters! Come see our headliners Jack Rabid, Venus Ann Serena, Jaidynn Dior Fierce and Silky Nutmeg Ganache, and Leona Lionheart! All proceeds go to the Oasis Fund for LGBTQ+ Youth. Come with cash to tip our amazing performers, student tips will be donated.

Ticket Link

 

Sunday, April 3, 2022, 12:00 PM
SLC Ballroom


Procreate and Pizza

Kefi Collective is hosting Procreate + Pizza event in Sarratt 189 from 3:15-5:15 PM, on Apr 2nd. Please come and learn more about digital art. They will be giving you the App, so make sure to fill out the RSVP form through this link.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 3:15-5:15 PM
Sarratt 189


Nashville NOBCChE: Python Workshop

Join instructor, Dr. Stephen Baskauf, as he leads a workshop series on Python March 31st and April 1. Day 1 will cover Python basics, and Day 2 will work with data in Python. Both workshops are virtual, and registration is required.

Click here to register. 

March 31 and April 1 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Virtual

 

 


Building an Electromagnetic Field Sensor

 

In this workshop, we are going to build a simple electromagnetic field detector. It can wirelessly detect electromagnetic waves emitted from electrical and electronics appliances, wires, and even lightning. The detector will contain a strength indicator to get a sense of the magnitude of the field around.

Click here to register. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Wond’ry 2nd Floor Mechanical Makerspace

 


Sustainable Fashion Show

Sustainable Fashion Show Mar. 31

Come support Vanderbilt student models in our kickoff event of the week – a showcase of sustainable and ethical brands from across the US who are centered around everyday, practical fashion.

Attire: Evening, cocktail

Thursday, March 31, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
The Wond’ry

 


Career Opportunities in Quantum Computing

In this session, participants will learn about how quantum computing can be applied across different domains. An IBM guest speaker will talk about the quantum computing related subfields and what each one of them entails. Over the course of the session, participants will be given the opportunity to ask the guest speaker questions about the quantum computing industry. The format of this session is expected to be conversational.

Click here to register. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Virtual

 


Wond’ry Launch Grand Opening

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of a new space, Wond’ry Launch, and the start of an exciting new incubator program, Founder, that will be housed there. This space will provide not only resources, but also valuable mentorship to ventures, as they grow and plant roots within the Nashville community. The inaugural ventures will be present, and hourly tours starting on the top of each hour from 9am to 3pm. Validated self-parking is available.

Tuesday, March 29, Hourly Tours from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Loews Vanderbilt Plaza

 


48 Hour Launch 

Click Here to Register

Innovate.Create. Launch. We invite you to join Vanderbilt University’s largest student innovation competition: 48 Hour Launch! Set to take place March 26th and 27th (with a fun kickoff on the night of the 25th) at the Wond’ry, this yearly event put on by the Vanderbilt Innovation & Entrepreneurship Society (VINES) empowers students like you to turn their business ideas into reality within just one, action-packed weekend.

Whether you’re a seasoned founder or you’re exploring entrepreneurship for the very first time, join us for engaging workshops, one-on-one mentoring with professionals across a variety of industries, free collaboration time with fellow students, moments of fun and connection with peers and renowned Nashville entrepreneurs alike, great food and social events, and a culminating pitch competition with cash prizes. This weekend is designed to accelerate students at every stage of the business process, helping YOU bring your passions and interests to life through innovation, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. Each year, 48HL serves to enrich the academic and professional journey of participants while fostering lasting community between students and guest mentors.

Friday-Saturday, March 26-27, 2022 
Wond’ry 


Molding and Casting: Making Custom Silicone Accessories

Learn the process of molding and casting with two part molds. Brief overview on how the molds were fabricated (from CAD to 3D printing). There will be 3-5 available molds to choose from and multiple ways to customize your molds including glow in the dark powder. Depending on which silicone combination is used, participants will either be able to go home with their molds the day of the workshop, or they will have to come back in 24 hours to pick them up.

Click here to register. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Wond’ry 2nd Floor Makerspaces

 


Introduction to Quantum Computing

This will be a session for people to gain a basic understanding for quantum computing and how it is different from classical computing. An IBM guest speaker will begin by delineating the differences between classical and quantum computing. Then, they will proceed to show us how to use qiskit to work on quantum circuits.

Click here to register. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Virtual 

 


Social Innovation Speaker Series

Tune into our social innovation speaker series on March 23rd from 12-1 PM CST. We will be hearing from David Hutchens, as he takes us through a Story Canvas Workshop. You will learn how to craft, hone, and tell your professional or personal story in a compelling way. Mark your calendar for future discussions, the 4th Wednesday of each month.Register here: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/…/WN_p9mR-R4hR8SmWpc28XDUCA

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central

 


Stop and Wond’ry: What is a High Voltage Idea? 

Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Economic Professor, John List, from the University of Chicago will be speaking on The Voltage Effect in Behavioral Economics. Learn more about him here: https://voices.uchicago.edu/jlist/

“Scale” is probably a term you’ve heard before—a buzzword amongst Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and tech start-up circles. But at its core, “to scale” simply means to achieve a desired outcome when you move from a small group—of customers, students, or citizens—to a much larger one. And it’s not just for start-ups. Scaling ideas underpins all social and technological progress, since, as List says, “the innovations that change the world are those that reach the largest number of people.”

Come and learn why some ideas take off (or scale) and why others fall flat. John List uses a mix of original research and real-world anecdotes from working with companies like Uber, Lyft, and Tinder. His ideas are brought to life in this engaging presentation with actionable, science-backed take-aways for leaders, teams, and organizations in all sectors looking to take their ideas to the next level.

Click here to register. 

Monday, March 21, 2022, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Classroom 048, Wond’ry

 


 

Thermoforming 3D Parts

Learn the process of thermoforming with Derek Mullholland, on March 17th, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, in the 2nd Floor Mechanical Makerspace. We will be making custom name plates!

To see what thermoforming looks like: Click Here.

Click here to register. 

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Wond’ry 2nd Floor Mechanical Makerspace

 

 


Startups and Slices

Join us every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for discussions, guest speakers, food, and community surrounding startups/entrepreneurship/etc. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 6:30 PM
ESB 044/048 (The basement classrooms at The Wond’ry)

 

 


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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Central

 


Tools for Social Innovation (Application Deadline – Mar. 8)

Tools for Social Innovation gives Vanderbilt and the Nashville community the opportunity to explore social innovation through an introduction to the social innovation landscape from design thinking to field application. Participants will engage in a 5-week course where they will experience hands on learning and expand their social innovation network. You can apply for the program here.

 

 

 


Startups and Slices

Join us every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for discussions, guest speakers, food, and community surrounding startups/entrepreneurship/etc. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 6:30 PM
ESB 044/048 (The basement classrooms at The Wond’ry)

 

 


Innovation Challenge and Hackathon

Innovation challenge and hackathon graphicThe innovation challenge and hackathon will take place from a Friday to Saturday, February 25th-26th, 2022, and will be held at The Wond’ry on Vanderbilt University’s campus. The event is open to all VUMC and VU affiliates, including students, faculty and staff in all disciplines and departments. The goal of the innovation challenge and hackathon is for teams to come together and develop a novel apps to support mental health, defined broadly. For more information about the upcoming Innovation Challenge and Hackathon, please go here: https://www.vumc.org/vclic/innovation-challenge-and-hackathon

February 25-26, 2022
Wond’ry

 


CECA Visiting Artist Speaker Series – Listening: The Fourth String

(View the flyer!) 

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art + Design at Austin Peay State University present Listening: The Fourth String, a collaboration between visual artist, Raheleh Filsoofi, and musician, Reza Filsoofi. Inspired by the life and work of Moshtagh Ali Shah in the 18th century, this collaborative effort between ceramicist and visual artist Raheleh T. Filsoofi and musician Reza Filsoofi consists of a series of interactive multimedia installations and public performances (in respect of social distancing if needed by the time of the exhibition) to be staged between February to April 2022 at The New Gallery at Austin Peay State University, then in the Art Department at Vanderbilt University. Learn more and register here.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2022, 6:00 PM 
Virtual

 


 

Social Innovation Speaker Series

We continue our social innovation speaker series on February 23rd from 12-1 PM CST. Samantha Veide, Associate Director of Forum for the Future, will discuss the 5 traits needed now for business to advance a more regenerative leadership. You can also mark your calendar for future discussions, the 4th Wednesday of each month, from 12-1 PM CST! Register here: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/…/WN_p9mR-R4hR8SmWpc28XDUCA

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central
Virtual

 

 


Startups and Slices

Join us every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for discussions, guest speakers, food, and community surrounding startups/entrepreneurship/etc. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 6:30 PM
ESB 044/048 (The basement classrooms at The Wond’ry)

 


Glow Your Own Cloud Workshop 

Find the beauty in a cloudy day with this glow cloud workshop where you will build your own LED illuminated indoor cloud to hang in your room. No experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided. Come participate in this workshop led by Ryan Joyce at 7:00 PM, on Tuesday, February 22nd. Registration for this event is full!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Central
Wond’ry 2nd Floor Makerspaces

 


Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference

The Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship invites students, alumni, entrepreneurs, investors, and friends to participate in a one-day in-person and virtual conference focused on the challenges and rewards of business creation and growth. Our entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nashville and the greater Vanderbilt community is rapidly growing. In partnership with The Wond’ry and OVEC, the Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to foster this growth and innovation by bringing you a dynamic lineup of expert speakers and panelists dedicated to sharing their stories and insights to help you succeed. For more information and to register, click here.

February 18, 2022, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM at the Student Life Center
After Party held at the Wond’ry from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 


Renaissance Women’s Summit

Save the date! On February 17th, 2022, Renaissance Marketing Group and Boss Talks Network will be hosting their first-ever women’s entrepreneur summit at Vanderbilt University’s Innovation Center, The Wond’ry. Click Here to get tickets for an unforgettable day of networking, educational workshops, panel discussions, a small business marketplace featuring Nashville female-owned businesses, a keynote led by Brittany Driscoll, a pitch competition for young entrepreneurs, cocktails, delicious local food and so much MORE!

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Wond’ry

 


Startups and Slices

Join us every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for discussions, guest speakers, food, and community surrounding startups/entrepreneurship/etc. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 6:30 PM
ESB 044/048 (The basement classrooms at The Wond’ry)

 


 

How We Define Specialty Coffee: Producer Perspectives

We’re thrilled to be able to support & help promote this event that will offer a perspective from producers in order to include all voices from across coffee supply streams. The conversation will be in English & Spanish, with live translation available. Click here to register. 

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 11:00 AM
Virtual

 


Making Elaborate Cards: An Introduction to Laser Cutting and Paper Arts Workshop

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Shreya Reddy is leading a workshop, Making Elaborate Cards: An Introduction to Laser Cutting and Paper Arts. Come and learn about how AutoCAD and laser cutting will enable you to make a card explosion box that will impress a friend, family member, or maybe that special someone! The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 10th, from 7:00-9:00 PM, at the 2nd Floor Makerspaces in the Wond’ry. Click Here to Register. 

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Central
Wond’ry 2nd Floor Makerspaces

 


Buy Black Vandy

Join us February 10th  from 4 pm – 6 pm in the Community Event Space as we support our very own Black faculty, staff, students, and alumni who own businesses! Come shop, engage, and learn about the types of businesses that owned and operated by people within the Vanderbilt community! There will be vendors from all types of industries including, hair styling,  face and skin care, books and literature, handmade products, apparel, consulting and coaching,  baked goods, and more! There will also be snacks and chances to win Black Cultural Center Swag!

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Community Event Space

 


T-Shirt Design Challenge for Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference

The Wond’ry will host the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference After-Party on February 18th and we want YOU to help design the t-shirt we will be giving away during the event! Designs should be 1 color, no more than 12×12 inches, and should include the text “Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference 2022” somewhere in the design. Please submit a vector file with all fonts outlined (AI/EPS preferred). All designs must be submitted by Wednesday, February 9.The selected winner will receive a free invite to the After-Party and a chance to screen-print their design onto a shirt LIVE during the event! To register, go to https://thewondry.wazoku.com/register and sign up with your Vanderbilt email address. If you have any questions with the sign up process, please contact Mandy Lalrindiki at lalrindiki.mandy@vanderbilt.edu

Deadline to apply: February 9, 2022 @ 11:59pm CT.

 


FHIR App Building Workshop

FHIR App Building Workshop GraphicThe second workshop in the pre-Innovation Challenge and Hackathon series will take place on February 8th, 2022 from 1:00-4:00 pm and will cover developing FHIR applications used the SMART on FHIR API. In this session, Tim Coffman and Simeon Hearring from VUMC HealthIT will provide a hands-on experience with FHIR App development.Please sign up for this workshop here: https://redcap.link/FHIRapps

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central
Virtual

 


Innovation Open Mic Graphic

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.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Central

 

 


Map the System Applications are now open!

Applications are now open to the Wond’ry’s Map the System Competition, a global systems thinking case competition focused on advancing meaningful social and environmental change. Interested students may apply to join a special topics project or they may participate with their own topic. Special topics projects include: gender inequity in the global coffee sector; environmental justice and urban development in Nashville; food access in Nashville; Nashville’s construction waste crisis; sexual misconduct reporting and support at Vanderbilt; and inequitable education in Nashville. The winner of Vanderbilt’s competition will advance to the Global Finals to be hosted at Oxford University in England in June 2022. The competition is open to teams of up to 6 undergraduate and graduate students. Students may expect to dedicate 3-5 hours per week to their projects. 

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2022 @ 11:59pm CT.

 


Social Innovation Speaker Series: 

We kick off of our social innovation speaker series this January 26th from 12-1pm CST. Learn how business and government are advancing the circular economy in Tennessee. You can also mark your calendar for future discussions, the 4th Wednesday of each month, from 12-1pm CST! Register here: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/…/WN_p9mR-R4hR8SmWpc28XDUCA

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central
Virtual

 


Virtual Kickoff – Global Game Jam 2022

This event will be the online virtual kickoff for the 2022 GGJ in Nashville. We’ll go over the unique structure of the 2022 GGJ, provide an orientation and overview of Nashville’s GGJ events, and let attendees pitch game ideas and network to form teams. Click here to learn more. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:00 PM Central
Virtual

 


App Design Workshop

This hands-on instructional session will be led by Tom Reese, PharmDPhD, and Megan Salwei, PhD, and will cover using design principles in the development of applications, including defining user needs, iterative design, and evaluation. This interactive session will take place via Zoom and will demonstrate methods and tools used in developing applications while considering human factors and human-centered design approaches. Please sign up for this workshop here: https://redcap.link/appdesignworkshop

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central
Virtual

 


Virtual Team Formation and Networking for Global Game Jam

The theme for the 2022 Global Game Jam (GGJ) will be announced on January 16 at 2:00 PM CT on the GGJ’s Twitch channel. This event is to give people in the NashGameDev community a chance to network and form teams one day before the theme announcement. Click here to learn more. 

Saturday, January 15, 2022, 6:00 PM Central
Virtual

 


Make a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Workshop

Circuit boards are everywhere in modern electronics and you can learn how to make one.  In this one-hour workshop, we will use KiCad ( a circuit design software) and the Voltera V-One (a PCB printer) to make a simple circuit board.  No prior knowledge required!

Saturday, December 11, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Central
Wond’ry 2nd Floor Makerspace

 


Macro Pad Workshop

Learn how to make a customizable shortcut button pad for your computer.  No experience needed!  All tools and materials provided.  Participants will learn skills in laser cutting, soldering, coding, and construction.

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central

 


Rapid Prototyping Workshop

Learn rapid prototyping and design thinking at this Wond’ry and DIVE workshop led by expert industrial designer and Wond’ry Mentor John Loudenslager, whose prior work includes designing for Ping, Otterbox and Yeti. Learn to empathize, define and ideate with a team and build a rapid prototype of your own making.

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Central

 


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.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Central

 


Coffee Equity Conversation Series – Equitable Access to Information & Education, Bringing forth the Alternative Future

The Equity in Coffee Conversation Series is coordinated by the Coffee Equity Lab at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s on-campus center for innovation. The Coffee Equity Lab combines research, education, and practice to pursue meaningful and coordinated resolutions to equity challenges for all actors across the coffee supply chain.  The four talks in this series focus on the theme of understanding how race, gender, socioeconomic class, geographic location, native language, and other factors affect coffee professionals’ access to information, education, and professional development experiences.

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central
Virtual

 


Infinity Mirror Workshop

Learn how to make a light-up infinity mirror in this makerspace workshop.  No experience needed!  All tools and materials provided.  Participants will skills in laser cutting, electrical work, coding, and construction.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Central
Wond’ry 2nd Floor Makerspace

 


Coffee Equity Conversation Series – Information & Education Access as a Producer-Side Change Agent

The Equity in Coffee Conversation Series is coordinated by the Coffee Equity Lab at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s on-campus center for innovation. The Coffee Equity Lab combines research, education, and practice to pursue meaningful and coordinated resolutions to equity challenges for all actors across the coffee supply chain.  The four talks in this series focus on the theme of understanding how race, gender, socioeconomic class, geographic location, native language, and other factors affect coffee professionals’ access to information, education, and professional development experiences.

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central

 


Using IBM Watson Studio in Data Science – Q&A

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 be on hand to answer YOUR questions about how to use Watson Studio for Data Science projects.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central

 

 

 

 


Coffee Equity Conversation Series – Information & Education Access as a Consumer-Side Change Agent

The Equity in Coffee Conversation Series is coordinated by the Coffee Equity Lab at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s on-campus center for innovation. The Coffee Equity Lab combines research, education, and practice to pursue meaningful and coordinated resolutions to equity challenges for all actors across the coffee supply chain.  The four talks in this series focus on the theme of understanding how race, gender, socioeconomic class, geographic location, native language, and other factors affect coffee professionals’ access to information, education, and professional development experiences.

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central

 


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.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central

 

 

 


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.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 

 


The Wond’ry at Nashville Fashion Week: Fashion x Design Innovation Learning Lab

The Wond’ry is partnering with Nashville Fashion Week to host the Fashion x Design Innovation Learning Lab, an event to explore the latest innovations in design, technology, and adaptive fashion. This two-hour event features three industry spotlights, Q&A with the esteemed presenters, interactive innovation booths, and networking opportunities. Hear thought leaders speak to the emerging trends in the industry with the fashion-forward lineup of presenters:

Friday, October 15, 2021, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central

 


Coffee Equity Conversation Series – An Intro to Information, Education & Professional Development Access as a Coffee Equity Challenge

The Equity in Coffee Conversation Series is coordinated by the Coffee Equity Lab at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s on-campus center for innovation. The Coffee Equity Lab combines research, education, and practice to pursue meaningful and coordinated resolutions to equity challenges for all actors across the coffee supply chain.  The four talks in this series focus on the theme of understanding how race, gender, socioeconomic class, geographic location, native language, and other factors affect coffee professionals’ access to information, education, and professional development experiences.

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central

 


Laser Cutting Workshop

The Wond’ry’s laser cutter (in the Wond’ry Mechanical Makerspace) is a great tool to cut super-accurate shapes out of flat materials, or etch complex pictures into surfaces.  It can handle all sorts of materials, such as paper, cloth, wood, cardboard, plastics, glass, or metals.  And like all tools at the Wond’ry, it’s free for all students, faculty, and staff to use!

In this beginner-friendly workshop, you’ll learn how to make CAD files on your computer for use in our laser cutter.  No experience or software purchase required!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Central

 


Laser Cutting Workshop

The Wond’ry’s laser cutter (in the Wond’ry Mechanical Makerspace) is a great tool to cut super-accurate shapes out of flat materials, or etch complex pictures into surfaces.  It can handle all sorts of materials, such as paper, cloth, wood, cardboard, plastics, glass, or metals.  And like all tools at the Wond’ry, it’s free for all students, faculty, and staff to use!

In this beginner-friendly workshop, you’ll learn how to make CAD files on your computer for use in our laser cutter.  No experience or software purchase required!

Friday, October 1, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Central

 


The Wond’ry Family Weekend Meet & Greet

As part of Vanderbilt University’s Family Weekend 2021, the Wond’ry is holding an outdoor meet & greet!  Come enjoy some fun snacks and meet the leaders of Wond’ry programming in entrepreneurship, making, social innovation, and design research!  We’ll be outside on the sidewalk in front of the Wond’ry on Garland Avenue (visible from the Student Life Center).

Friday, October 1, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central

 

 

 


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.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 

 


Fantasy Football Draft Party

The Wond’ry & IBM Fantasy Football Draft Party

It’s that time of year again! The Wond’ry at Vanderbilt University is hosting its annual NFL Fantasy Football Draft Party using IBM Watson. Join us online for this fun and competitive event.

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CT

 

 

 

 

 


Day of Wond’ry

It’s time again for the Wond’ry’s annual exhibition, the Day of Wond’ry!  We want to celebrate the hard work and cool projects of all of our great innovators.. The Wond’ry is proud to help bring their creations to life, and we are excited to share them all with you!

Our virtual Day of Wond’ry fair this year will take place in Gather.town, a connection platform combining video conferencing with a 2D world to walk around in. Walk close to a person to speak with them, browse exhibits in our virtual poster session, mingle with the crowd, or group up with your friends for a private chat.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central

 


Using IBM Watson Studio in Data Science

IBM Watson Studio allows for the building, running, and management of powerful, customizable AI models. A representative from IBM 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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central

 

 

 


Map the System Competition

Interested in social innovation and how social and ecological change happens? On April 15 @ 5:30pm, join us virtually for the second inaugural VU Map the System competition, during which one team from Vanderbilt will advance to the Global Finals, hosted by Oxford University in June 2021!

At the event, seven teams of VU students will present their insights from semester-long systems thinking research projects on topics including: climate change and coffee producer livelihoods; climate policy in Nashville; housing affordability & gentrification; racial inequity in the US coffee sector; cattle ranching and deforestation in Brazil; mental health and accessibility in VU’s hybrid education models; and, value creation inequity in the coffee sector.

Judges include: Dr. Julaine Fowlin (Associate Director for Instructional Design, VU); Kristen Tompkins (Director of Human and Organizational Development Capstone, VU); Dr. Ted Fischer (Professor of Anthropology; Director of Latin American Studies, VU); Ursula King (Ecologist & Consultant); and, Brian Gaffney (Management Consultant, PwC and Board Member, Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity).

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 5:30 PM CT

 


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.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 


Build Your Own IBM TJBot Workshop

It talks! It dances! It responds to voice commands! Come build your own FREE robot buddy to take home with you in this workshop sponsored by IBM and the Wond’ry. No computer or engineering experience is required; we’ll teach you!

Friday, April 9, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CT

 

 

 


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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 


Virtual Explorations in Research Fair

The third annual Explorations in Research, an event designed to convene researchers from all disciplines to network with students and discover possible new collaborations, will be Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. CT. The event, hosted by the Office of Immersion Resources in partnership with Scientific Immersion and Mentorship, will be conducted via Zoom.

This year’s event will open with remarks from Associate Provost of Research Douglas Schmidt followed by guided discussions in breakout rooms and a networking session at the end for attendees. Faculty from all disciplines are invited to meet with other faculty and students interested in cross-campus and Immersion Vanderbilt project collaboration.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Central

 


 

Build Your Own TJBot Workshop

It talks! It dances! It responds to voice commands! Come build your own FREE robot buddy to take home with you in this workshop sponsored by IBM and the Wond’ry. No computer or engineering experience is required; we’ll teach you!

Friday, February 19, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central

 

 

 


Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Annual Summit

The Wond’ry and the Coffee Equity Lab are excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Annual Summit to offer an inaugural coffee track.  Registration is now open.  We’ll have talks on coffee sustainability, racial equity, career pathways, and emerging technologies in the industry.  Notable speakers include Bambi Semroc of Conservation International and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, Dr. Taya Brown and Devon Barker of the del Fuego Project, board members of the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity, Ever Meister of Cafe Imports, and more.   We hope you’ll join us!

February 18, 2021 – February 19, 2021

 


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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 


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.

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

 

 


Coffee’s Cross Disciplinary Intersections

Vanderbilt Faculty speakers will be: Peter Martin (VU Medical Center), Tiffany Patterson (African American & Diaspora Studies), and Holly Tucker (Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities). They will share their reflections/insights/perspectives on 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.

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

 

 

 


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

 

 

 


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 in their journey to go professional.

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

 

 

 

 


Build Your Own TJBot Workshop

Build Your Own TJBot Workshop

It talks! It dances! It responds to voice commands! Come build your own FREE robot buddy to take home with you in this workshop sponsored by IBM and the Wond’ry. No computer or engineering experience is required; we’ll teach you!

Friday, October 16, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central
The Wond’ry, Room 202 (2nd Floor Open Makerspace)

 

 


Coffee Talk:  On Being Black in Coffee

The Coffee Equity Lab is a new experiential learning and research lab housed in the Wond’ry’s Social Innovation Practice Area. The lab offers inspiring pathways for students to examine the pressing issues shaping our world–climate change, global trade, equity and justice–through the lens of the global coffee industry. Pilot programming for the Lab begins in the Fall 2020 semester with a lecture and workshop series in partnership with the Robert Penn Warren Center’s Scholarship of Everyday Life: Coffee series. Beginning September 2020, join us for the first annual speaker series on various topics in the coffee sector. The speaker series is open to the public.

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Central

 


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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 


Virtual Undergraduate Research Fair

The Wond’ry will be hosting a virtual get-together and information session during the Virtual Undergraduate Research Fair!  Drop by to meet Wond’ry staff members, ask questions, and hear about the innovative stuff we do and help YOU do!

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central

 


Coffee Talk: Third Wave Coffee, Maya Farmers, & the Creation of Value

The Coffee Equity Lab is a new experiential learning and research lab housed in the Wond’ry’s Social Innovation Practice Area. The lab offers inspiring pathways for students to examine the pressing issues shaping our world–climate change, global trade, equity and justice–through the lens of the global coffee industry. Pilot programming for the Lab begins in the Fall 2020 semester with a lecture and workshop series in partnership with the Robert Penn Warren Center’s Scholarship of Everyday Life: Coffee series. Beginning September 2020, join us for the first annual speaker series on various topics in the coffee sector. The speaker series is open to the public.

Join us for our first Coffee Talk: Third Wave Coffee, Maya Farmers, and the Creation of Value with Coffee scholar & Vanderbilt University Faculty, Ted Fischer.

Edward (Ted) Fischer is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Maní+, a social enterprise in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced foods to fight malnutrition. His research focuses on values, wellbeing, and the cultural contexts of health and economic development. He has authored or edited a number of books, including most recently The Good Life. He is currently completing a book on Coffee and Values: Third Wave Tastes, Maya Farmers, and Determinations of Worth.

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Central

Watch a recording of the event

 


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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 


DIVE Design Dash

Problems are complex because people are complex. Design Thinking is an innovation process that breaks challenges into manageable chunks. Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience (DIVE) is a campus-wide initiative to prepare you with the design thinking process and mindset. In this fun, interactive, fast paced, hands-on DIVE boot camp, we’ll explore the five steps of human-centered design – empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. From this experience you will:

  • Learn to externalize ideas through words, drawings, sketches, and prototypes;
  • Experience how working quickly and making fast decisions in teams leads to surprise, creativity, fun, and a lot of output;
  • Practice discovering and framing a challenge around human needs;
  • Learn new tools for working efficiently with remote teams.

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Central

 


The Wond’ry & IBM Fantasy Football Draft Party

For the second year, the Wond’ry at Vanderbilt University is hosting an NFL Fantasy Football Draft Party using IBM Watson! Join us online for this fun and competitive event.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Central

 

 

 

 


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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 


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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Central

 

 


DIVE Design Dash

Problems are complex because people are complex. Design Thinking is an innovation process that breaks challenges into manageable chunks. Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience (DIVE) is a campus-wide initiative to prepare you with the design thinking process and mindset. In this fun, interactive, fast paced, hands-on DIVE boot camp, we’ll explore the five steps of human-centered design – empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. From this experience you will:

  • Learn to externalize ideas through words, drawings, sketches, and prototypes;
  • Experience how working quickly and making fast decisions in teams leads to surprise, creativity, fun, and a lot of output;
  • Practice discovering and framing a challenge around human needs;
  • Learn new tools for working efficiently with remote teams.

Monday, June 1, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Central

 


Day of Wond’ry

Over the last few months, the Wond’ry has rapidly transitioned to remote work but has continued innovating and creating. The Day of Wond’ry event is a chance to celebrate this transition and inform the Vanderbilt community about new opportunities.  We will have a full day of online content so you can stream from the comfort of home while social distancing.  Stay the whole time, or just drop by for a while!  There will be presentations by Wond’ry staff, fun interactive activities, student poster sessions, networking breakout rooms, and a dedicated Slack channel for interaction throughout.  For the full schedule, check here:  Day of Wond’ry Page.

Friday, May 22, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Central

 


People and Purpose First: Building Innovative Teams for Uncertain Times

This workshop is intended for leaders who want to build innovative teams and resilient people in virtual environments and beyond. Navigating your way through uncertainty can be improved with a person-centered approach and a solid footing in shared purpose. We will explore the power of team purpose and what it means to be human in an increasingly digital world, with tools that participants can immediately put into practice.

Hosted by Susan Douglas and Jeremiah Palmer of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 4:00 PM Central

Watch a recording of the event

 


COVID-19, Businesses,& the Global Economy: Innovation in an “eXperience” Centric Future

In this live, weekly online report, Lodestone Advisory Group CEO and Wond’ry Master Mentor Amr El-Husseini is joined by guests from all over the globe to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting how people do business. Each week will include a global economic snapshot, a look at the U.S. economy, how the crisis is affecting startups and entrepreneurs, timelines for recovery, as well as an in-depth look at a particular topic each week.

This is the last lecture in the series! The topic for April 27 is: Innovation in an “eXperience” Centric Future. Amr is joined by guest Satyam Kantamneni of UXReactor. Wond’ry Associate Director Deanna Meador emcees.

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM Central

Watch a recording of the event

 


COVID-19, Businesses,& the Global Economy: Human Behavioral Change and the Future of Technology Innovation

In this live, weekly online report, Lodestone Advisory Group CEO and Wond’ry Mentor Amr El-Husseini is joined by guests from all over the globe to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting how people do business. Each week will include a global economic snapshot, a look at the U.S. economy, how the crisis is affecting startups and entrepreneurs, timelines for recovery, as well as an in-depth look at a particular topic each week.

The topic for April 20 is: Human Behavioral Change and the Future of Technology Innovation. Amr is joined by guests Shyam Pullela and Dr. Colm Reilly of Lodestone Advisory Group. Wond’ry Associate Director Deanna Meador emcees.

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM Central

Watch a recording of the event

 


Map the System Virtual Competition

Eight teams of Vanderbilt graduate and undergraduate students compete for a spot in the University of Oxford’s global Map the System competition.  Come join the audience to see their presentations!

Through Map the System, students research a social, economic, or environmental challenge they care about using a systems-thinking approach. During Vanderbilt’s local competition, students present their research to an esteemed panel of judges, explaining the diverse factors that affect their chosen challenge and potential solutions that may move the system towards positive change.

The winner of the Vanderbilt University competition represents the university at the Global Finals, hosted remotely in June by the University of Oxford.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM Central

 

 


amr-weekly-apr13

COVID-19, Businesses,& the Global Economy: Defamiliarization & Innovation in the Real Economy

In this live, weekly online report, Lodestone Advisory Group CEO and Wond’ry Mentor Amr El-Husseini is joined by guests from all over the globe to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting how people do business. Each week will include a global economic snapshot, a look at the U.S. economy, how the crisis is affecting startups and entrepreneurs, timelines for recovery, as well as an in-depth look at a particular topic each week.

The topic for April 13 is: Human Capital and Digital Transformation. Amr is joined by guests Magdalena Dziewguć of Google and Dr. Colm Reilly of Lodestone Advisory Group. Wond’ry Associate Director Deanna Meador emcees.

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM Central

Watch a recording of the event

 

 


COVID-19 - Apr 6

COVID-19, Businesses,& the Global Economy: Cashflow Challenges During Crisis

In this live, weekly online report, Lodestone Advisory Group CEO and Wond’ry Mentor Amr El-Husseini is joined by guests from all over the globe to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting how people do business. Each week will include a global economic snapshot, a look at the U.S. economy, how the crisis is affecting startups and entrepreneurs, timelines for recovery, as well as an in-depth look at a particular topic each week.

The topic for April 6 is: Cashflow Challenges During Crisis. Amr is joined by guests Greg Young and Winston Justice of AllianceBernstein.

Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM Central

Watch a recording of the event


Art Therapy

Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy? Does it work? Why does it work? Meg Bearman is a certified art therapist. This virtual presentation will give a strong context for art therapy before discussing art-making. Meg will outline art therapy interventions, the use of media, and highlight client artwork. The goal of this session is to inform the broader Vanderbilt community about art therapy to spark interest and hopefully engage in the process themselves.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 4:00 PM Central

Watch a recording of the event


Managing Companies, Financial Markets, and Economies in a Global Crisis

An online chat with Wond’ry Mentor and expert Amr El-Husseini about how the global crisis is changing the face of business.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM Central

Watch a recording of the event