OPEN 2023 Schedule

This year’s program will feature a range of leading-edge content in higher education innovation & entrepreneurship, as well as a selection of hand-curated foundational topics for those new to the field. Below is an abbreviated schedule for OPEN 2023, subject to change. The final schedule will be released in early 2023!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Optional Inclusive Innovation Pre-Conference Workshop: This will take place off-site at the USPTO Campus (600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314), just a quick five-minute walk from our conference hotel.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Registration Desk Hours
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception: This will take place onsite at the conference hotel’s restaurant, Trademark.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Registration Desk Hours
8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. | General Conference
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Teaching Toolkit: We are delighted to host our reimagined poster session at the beautiful USPTO atrium.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Registration Desk Hours
8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. | General Conference
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | OPENminds: This signature event will take place off-site. Details TBA!

Take a look at our 2022 schedule to gain a better understanding of the topics and themes that you can expect to see at OPEN 2023.

Learn More About OPEN

Important Dates

  • December 12, 2022: OPENminds application closes
  • Early December: Presenters notified of acceptance/rejection
  • December 16: Super Early Bird pricing ends

Session Areas of Focus

  • Academic Impact/Student Experience in the I&E Space
    • Promising classroom practices/nifty assignments
    • Project-based learning
    • Teaching and learning in entrepreneurial support programs, including competitions, makerspaces, accelerators, incubators, and mentoring services
    • Techniques for teaching across disciplines and engaging student teams
    • Approaches for evaluating learning
    • Inclusively teaching I&E/asset-based teaching and learning
    • Sustainability and sustainable design concepts, tools, and frameworks
  • Institutional Impact and Change
    • Building new I&E policies, processes, and infrastructure or programs on campus
    • Stakeholder buy-in for institutional transformation through an inclusive and sustainable I&E curricular approach
    • Sustaining I&E momentum for institutional transformation
  • Off-Campus/Community Engagement
    • Regional and place-based I&E
    • Engaging with industry
    • Cross-institution collaborations
    • Pathways for long-term and inclusive community engagement
  • Emergent Themes in Higher Education I&E
    • What trends are you seeing or experiencing that you anticipate will transform I&E education in the years to come? Some possibilities are ethics, I&E beyond engineering, emerging technologies that affect I&E, etc.

Session Formats

OPEN Ignites (60 minutes)

OPEN Ignites are quick, dynamic, seven-minute presentations that are gathered into themed clusters of three Ignites in a single 60-minute breakout. In this effective and engaging format, each of the three Ignites are presented in rapid succession; these are followed by two 17-minute rounds of small group conversations/Q&A with the presenters, with participants prioritizing which two presenters they would like to converse with.

OPEN Workshops (60 minutes)

OPEN Workshop sessions are highly immersive and emphasize learning by doing. Presenters begin with a brief overview and then dive right into engaging attendees in applying the featured approach or tool(s). Workshops may have up to a maximum of three facilitators; small-group work is strongly encouraged. The goal is for attendees to leave the session with a work product, tools, or approaches they can immediately implement, as well as with new community connections.

OPEN Foundations (60 minutes)

OPEN Foundations use a live panel format to provide introductory, foundational content for those new to the field of I&E education. Foundations panelists are seasoned I&E veterans who will share and compare their contrasting experiences on a single topic. Foundations sessions will be recorded, edited, and made available for viewing and use after OPEN.

Teaching Toolkit (90 minutes)

The OPEN Teaching Toolkit session is a poster session reimagined. Presenters share their unique, innovative, and tried and true approaches for teaching I&E with a wide range of interested colleagues. During this 90-minute, reception-style session, presenters will discuss their teaching techniques with participants, using a poster as a visual aid. Toward the close of the session, participants will cast their vote for the “most likely to adopt” and “most innovative” teaching approaches. Following the conference, all toolkit presentations will be assembled into the inaugural OPEN Teaching Toolkit virtual publication.

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