Innovation Garage

Partnering corporations with interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative and disruptive solutions


The Innovation Garage Program is a central component to the mission of the Wond’ry. Through an Innovation Garage partnership, Vanderbilt assists a corporate sponsor in identifying and developing innovative and disruptive solutions to areas most relevant to their business or industry.

Through interdisciplinary and diverse teams of Vanderbilt faculty and students, corporations develop fresh and disruptive insights that drive growth and foster innovation. Concurrently, faculty become engaged in interesting issues in their area of expertise and students are provided the opportunity to flex their problem-solving skills in a real-world application and then intern with the corporate sponsor over the summer and/or apply for a full-time position. It is a true win-win-win partnership!

If your company would like more information about partnering with the Wond’ry for this unique opportunity, please email Deanna Meador.

The Wond’ry is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Innovation Garage teams from undergraduate and graduate students that want to gain real-world problem solving skills during this immersive, year-long hands-on program. In order to apply to the program, you must have room in your schedule for a 3 hr. course each semester without going above 18 hrs. of coursework and be able to commit 5-10 hours a week to the project outside of the course. It looks like we will have a project in the robotics process automation space, as well as the classroom quality space.

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New Corporate Sponsor- Announcement Coming Soon!!


2018 Accessibility Team

Accenture Cohort 2017-18


Blockchain Team

The Blockchain Team (Alex Roed, Josiah Holland, Amy Chen, Alex Reed, Jackson Davis, Dana Zhang, Bob Chen, and Brendan Broderick) was given a challenge to explore the potential applications for blockchain technology in the procurement space and after researching this emerging technology, talking with subject matter experts, and considering the business case and market, they developed an innovative platform designed to eliminate process inefficiencies for managing supplier-buyer relationships.

Retail Team

The Retail Team (John Kim, Cindy Son, Kaan Aykac, Claire Fogarty, and Amy Chen) was given a broad problem statement to generate ideas for solutions that could allow retailers to remain competitive in a highly disrupted industry. They explored several potential solutions and in the end, built a web interface and machine learning algorithm that allows retailers to generate real-time recommendations.

Accenture Inaugural Cohort 2016-17


Invent Team- Oil and Gas

The Invent Team (Pat McGowan, Jess Banasiak, and Luke Price) were given a broad problem statement around antiquated technology for remote monitoring in the oil and gas industry and after researching the industry, talking with subject matter experts, and considering the business case and market, they developed an innovative solution around one of the most expensive parts of post-production- water hauling.

Disrupt Team- Aerospace and Defense

The Disrupt Team (Josh Forges, Parker Sarsfield, and Kevin Zhang) were tasked with examining factors causing supply chain lateness. They explored several potential solutions and in the end, built a predictive analytics algorithm that allows those working in procurement to focus their energy and efforts on the parts most likely to cause delays.