Featured Exhibit: Mocha Choca Latta & Innovative Tech in Hospitality

Do you love to experience other cultures?  Then we hope you’ll visit the Hospitality Booth in the Gene Polisseni Center during Imagine RIT!

Hospitality students will be providing coffee, chocolate, and treats from three different cultures. The theme for the treats will revolve around RIT’s three campus locations: United States, Dubai, and Croatia.choco

Everyday technology affects the world in new ways and the hospitality industry is no exception. In addition to providing worldly treats, the students will showcase how Augmented Reality (AR) is being used in the hospitality industry for marketing purposes.

AR technology overlays a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. As an example, an augmented reality application can help bring life to an ordinary poster through a phone or tablet, and this is what you will experience at the Mocha Choca Latta exhibit!

We hope to see you this Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Imagine RIT for Mocha Choca Latta & Innovative Tech in Hospitality!



You’ve Been Waiting for This

pexels-photo-408503.jpegAn interactive map.

  • A map that shows your current location on the RIT campus.
  • A map that shows you step-by-step how to navigate campus from point A to point B.
  • A map that lets you record your parking spot so you can find your way back later.
  • A map that imports your festival itinerary, or helps you build one from scratch.
  • A map that shows you festival amenities and helps you find them.

That’s right. Read it again…and be happy.

Bring your mobile device to Imagine RIT this Saturday and enjoy: maps.rit.edu

Go ahead. Try it. And let us know what you think!

(Users may need to make sure that their phone or device “Location Services” is set to “ON”)

Featured Exhibit: Autonomous Search and Rescue


Imagine a search and rescue vehicle driving into a hurricane struck area. Thousands of people are stuck under rubble or injured and cannot reach help. An autonomous drone flies out of the top of the vehicle and begins to map the surrounding environment. Using cutting edge recognition algorithms and infrared technology, the drone detects any humans in distress. Using the information from the drone the vehicle autonomously takes the fastest and safest route to the person in need. First Responders in the vehicle reach victims with time saving accuracy.

The A.S.A.R. (Autonomous Search and Rescue) senior design team is taking the first steps in making this scenario a reality. The team’s scaled down prototype uses a camera to map out a simulated terrain. The mapping is then processed using software algorithms. With this information, along with an Infrared sensor, an autonomous robot will have to navigate the terrain to reach the victim simulated by an infrared beacon.

Come to Imagine RIT and try to stump the software algorithm by creating your own simulated terrain!ASSR

This year’s team hopes that future senior design teams will continue to improve upon their design until it can be fully deployed in a real natural disaster scenario. The team of five, comprised of electrical engineers: Shane Snover, Andrew Pfeil, Mark Batorski, Corey Mack, and Aaron Mallabar, are excited for you to check out what they have built. Come to the main floor of the Gordon Field House to support the team and see the potential future of natural disaster emergency response.

Featured Exhibit: Ultrasound, The New Frontier

Exhibit Code: SLA-1640
Zone: Health Sciences Hub
Location: Louise Slaughter Hall (SLA/078) – 1640 (Clinical Health Sciences Center)

No needles, no surgery, no worries. We can still see into the body with the magic of Ultrasound. Have you ever wondered what your heart looks like? What your kidneys look like? Wonder no further! This year at Imagine RIT the Ultrasound Student Association invites you to explore the world of Ultrasound.

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An ultrasound image is created by the use of sound waves. The probes we hold in our hands send waves into the body. When the waves return they give us information about what lies below the surface. This information includes location, density, movement, and position relative to other organs; we can even measure the speed of blood through different vessels. Through this process we are able to diagnose various illnesses. You may be familiar with Ultrasounds because you have had or know someone who has had a baby, but the field of ultrasound extends much further than just pregnancy. Our lab is split in two sections; the General Sonographers and the Cardiac Sonographers.

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General Sonographers can ultrasound babies but they can also ultrasound every other organ in the body except the heart. They can scan the liver, kidneys, bladder, gallbladder, pancreas and other large blood vessels and organs. Another fun fact is general sonographers scan with their right hand unlike cardiac sonographers.

“We want people to know we scan more than just babies. We can be crucial to diagnosing other internal diseases”- Lauren Napolitano, General Ultrasound Student.

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On the other side of the lab are the cardiac sonographers. They specialize in scanning the heart. The heart is a complex organ that can tell us a lot about an individual’s function and health. It is also difficult to scan because unlike other organs in the body the Heart moves a lot. Normal exams for the heart alone run about 45-minutes, which is equal to a full abdominal exam.  As mentioned, cardiac sonographers use their left hand to scan patients.

“Cardiac ultrasound is so interesting, but at the same time so difficult. So much can go wrong in the heart and everyone’s heart acts and moves differently. Some will be perfectly lined up while others are dancing in and out of the image making image capture quite difficult.” – Shannon Circe, Cardiac Ultrasound Student

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Featured Exhibit: Live! At Imagine!

Live! At Imagine! – A Livestreaming Experience
Location: Student Alumni Union – Ingle Auditorium
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

Have you ever broadcast live? Media, eSports and marketing are all industries being most influenced by recent advancements in broadcasting technologies. These advancements have not gone unnoticed by recent RIT grad, Nicholas Lemieux, and one of his former instructors at RIT, Prof. Mike Johansson. The pair have teamed together to create an hour long presentation that demonstrates how free tools – beyond Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope – give you the ability to livestream, attract an audience and get paid for the content you create. In the words of Professor Johansson, “anyone can be a TV show host.” This is because of how easily accessible free live streaming tools have become.pexels-photo-635005.jpeg

During their one hour presentation they will cover everything in livestreaming from first steps to possible career paths. Attendants will learn all about how livestreaming came to be and where it is now. The event will even include a live example being streamed right from the event where they claim that “if you’re lucky we make you a star – at least for a minute at Imagine RIT.”

The presentation and collaboration is also part of a 1 credit course on the topic of livestreaming available to RIT students through the School of Individualized Study (SOIS).

Featured Exhibit: Pin the Organ on the Human

Did you know that RIT has nine colleges including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf?

The College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) is among them, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in medical majors and careers.

During this year’s Imagine RIT festival on April 28th, the RIT Pre-Health Student Association’s exhibit: Pin the Organ on the Body, will feature two life-sized cut outs of the body for a fun and educational game. The president of the club, David Hartman, says, “The exhibit is designed to be an engaging way of teaching people about anatomy in a fun and competitive way.” Visitors will take on the challenge to see who is the most knowledgeable about placement of the organs in the body cavity. medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-40568.jpeg

In addition, the club will have another informational game regarding infectious diseases. Color coded Velcro balls are given to individuals that each represent a different disease. Rafael Ortega explains it as, “The player has to aim the ball at the body and learn what the disease does, what part of the body it affects and how to prevent it from occurring.”

There will be prizes for all regardless of the accuracy during game play, but creating a fun and educational exhibit is the real prize for students of the club.

The exhibit is centered around guests of all ages, and the students volunteering to run it are more than excited to watch their ideas come to life, for people to enjoy them and most of all, to teach individuals from the community about healthcare and the body.

For more information about Imagine RIT and the more than 400 exhibits visitors will experience, visit Plan Your Day on our website.

Poster To Commemorate Anniversay

Since the inception of Imagine RIT in 2008 we have hosted a poster design contest for RIT students to showcase their artistic innovation and creativity.

And this year is no exception.

With upwards of 70 entries annually, the online voting gallery is always a big hit among students, faculty, and staff as well as anyone who decides to visit our website to vote for their favorites.

The winner is announced by mid-March and then visitors to Imagine RIT can pick up a free copy of the winning design printed in a vertical, 14″ x 20″ format, suitable for displaying in a dorm room, home or office.

Are you a collector of posters from festivals past?  Perhaps you are missing one?  Visit our website where you can download and print any one of the past nine years’ winners.

RIT students who wish to enter this year’s contest may do so by February 17.

In commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of Imagine RIT, we have created a compilation poster displaying nine years’ of posters in a grid format. This is also available for download on our website, and after Intersession (holiday break) we will make this poster available to students, faculty and staff for pick up in specific locations around campus.  Stay tuned!