Collaboration Accelerator 2.0

2016 Challenges:

  • Utilize unmanned aircraft systems technology in a way that serves the public good (Air Force Research Laboratory)
  • Demonstrate additive manufacturing’s ability to reduce our energy footprint (UD Research Institute)
  • What is connectivity? Why do people want to connect? (Emerson Technologies)

At the culmination of the 2016 program, the 12 Accelerators presented three immersive experiences at ArtStreet and the Fire Blocks District downtown. Humanity-centered design was a key component of the students’ process, and project “solutions” included an emergency response drone, a vertical farming prototype designed to conserve water and energy, and an “idea file” that explores the true origin and “soul” of connectivity.

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Collaboration Accelerator 2.0
UDRI: Additive Manufacturing Challenge
Emerson: Connectivity Challenge
AFRL: UAS Challenge

Where It All Began:

A Look Back at the 2015 Collaboration Accelerator

The Collaboration Accelerator was piloted in the summer of 2015 by the Air Force Research Laboratory
, University of Dayton
, Wright Brothers Institute
 and 
The Collaboratory. This summer internship initiative explored new approaches and new tools for cross-sector collaboration in the innovation space.


Using as a framework two very different challenges of importance to the region—one involving tech commercialization and the other community connectivity—this project brought together over eleven weeks a dozen University of Dayton students from the School of Engineering, the School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Challenge Team developed an interactive installation that integrated art, technology, business and the human condition to express their findings and recommendations.

Watch the 2015 video >>

Videos produced by Indigo Life Media.

Contact Us

Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet

ArtStreet is located on the 300 block of Kiefaber St. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2620

937-229-5101