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Online Events

In response to the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation, the Wond’ry will be hosting online events via Zoom.

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 in their journey to go professional.

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

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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

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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.

Applications are now OPEN for the November Innovation Open Mic!

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

 

Previous Events

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 


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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

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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

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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

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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

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