This year’s program features 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.
From advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through entrepreneurial education to incorporating sustainable design in your curriculum to advancing innovations beyond the classroom, we have just the session(s) for you! Explore three days of exciting content in the schedule below:
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Teaching and Learning
This track focuses on engaging students in I&E content, and developing and assessing relevant knowledge and skills. Potential topics include:
- Proven and promising practices and activities for teaching I&E
- Strategies for supporting and mentoring students from URGs in I&E
- Sustainability and sustainable design
- Evaluation and assessment of practices or learning outcomes
- Professional skills development through I&E opportunities
- Makerspaces and extracurricular activities to support student I&E
Growing the Campus Ecosystem
This track focuses on opportunities and barriers to grow the I&E campus ecosystem. Potential topics include:
- Recruitment of and/or support for students from URGs in I&E
- Campus resources, leadership, and policies (including tenure and promotion)
- Cross-disciplinary collaboration
- Funding opportunities, sponsorships, and unique methods of leveraging campus financial resources
- On-campus partnerships
- Evaluation and assessment of I&E culture
Engaging the Community
This track focuses on leveraging off-campus partners to advance student I&E. Potential topics include:
- Mentors and leaders from URGs in I&E
- Addressing local and/or regional environmental and social issues
- Community partnerships
- Place-based I&E
- Industry collaborations
- Cross/multi-institution collaborations
Advancing Innovations Beyond the Classroom
This track focuses on opportunities and barriers in moving innovations out of the classroom and into the market. Potential topics include:
- Existing barriers for CEOs from URGs
- Incubating or accelerating
- Investment opportunities and challenges
- Navigating intellectual property
- Building founding teams around student-driven ideas and research spinouts
OPEN Ignites are presented by a single participant and up to 2 participant presentations are grouped on a topical theme. To start, each presenter shares their 7-minute pre-recorded video presentation; during that time attendees are invited to post their questions to the chat. The floor then opens for live Q&A. OPEN Ignites are sure to engage, and you will leave with your questions answered and lots of great ideas you can apply on your campus.
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 3 facilitators; the use of breakout groups is strongly encouraged to enable small group work. The goal is for attendees to leave the session with a work product, tools, or approaches they can immediately put to good use, as well as new community connections. Limited slots are available.
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. We are seeking panelists who are willing to discuss topics in which they have passion, expertise, and/or experience. Foundations sessions will be recorded, edited, and made available for viewing and use after OPEN. Limited slots are available.
Posters enable presenters to share their projects with a wide range of interested colleagues during the virtual but dynamic Poster Session. Poster presenters will interact with and answer attendee questions. Posters may have up to 2 presenters (faculty and/or students).