Collaboration Accelerator 3.0

IACT in Action! The Collaboration Accelerator is a unique, professional internship opportunity that consists of cross-sector collaborative challenges that integrate applied creativity, innovative perspectives and community development. Each summer, we seek twelve of the most engaged and creative students from different academic areas of study, bringing them together to find creative solutions to real-world challenges posed by community partners such as the Air Force Research Laboratory, Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center and the University of Dayton Research Institute. The 12-week program is led by the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet, with support from the Office of the Provost.

About the Program

WHAT'S IN IT FOR the students:

  • Equip today’s students with the imaginative and creative skills necessary to excel in the global workforce.
  • Take creative and innovative theory and put it into professional practice.
  • Build confidence to rethink traditional models for project delivery solutions.
  • Be part of an immersive experience with people and places in the city of Dayton

NEW Collaboration Accelerator Consortium Model:

After two years of creative and innovative collaboration within the Collaboration Accelerator, AFRL and the University of Dayton have designed a partnered-based model to make the Accelerator more sustainable. The new design will build a cohort of up to 10 corporate, technological, social and/or non-profit partners looking to create a clear valued, innovated design that will still satisfy the social, cultural and the commercialization needs of the Collaboration Accelerator.


Air Force Research Laboratories (3 seats)
We’ve lost our connection to food. How do we find it again in the modern era?
Assuming technical issues can be overcome, how does one commercialize wireless power?
We are ONE AFRL; how do we create ONE AFRL Maker Hub, even when geographically separated?

UD Research Institute (2 seats)
How do hi-tech companies market/brand themselves most effectively to clients and potential employees?
How might we use our discoveries/ideas to spin off new companies/products/etc?

Emerson Helix Innovation Center
How might we enable a shopper in the fresh food and cold storage aisles to allocate the right amount of attention to the right things in order to enhance their shopping experience?

Ascend Innovations, Inc.
How do we take advantage of sensors in the healthcare space to give people a better life, all the way from infancy to advanced age?

Krush Technologies

University Libraries
What is a library without books?

Busy Being (alumni seat, made possible by support from School of Engineering, School of Education, Human Rights Studies Program, Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Career Services and Amy McEntee)
How might we get K-12 schools and educators to "buy into" a mindfulness program?


Contact Brian LaDuca, Director of IACT at ArtStreet, at 937-229-5103 or

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.

Video Gallery

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
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