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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!


innovation + creativity = 10

That’s right!

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, we will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

Mark your calendars and look for many more blog posts about what we have in store for our anniversary – which also happens to be Dr. Bill Destler’s finale as President!

By the way, if you are reading this and you were an exhibitor in the inaugural festival (2008)? We want to hear from you!  Please respond in the comments and let us know if (and how) we can contact you.

Exhibit Featurette #1: Art from Coffee

You won’t believe your eyes when you first see these incredible pieces of art! They are definitely not your ordinary paintings. All of these paintings are made from coffee. Yes, coffee. The Coffee Drip Painter created by RIT’s own photography professor, Ted Kinsman, can paint portraits of people just by using some leftover coffee.


This printer doesn’t require any inks, but runs purely on coffee. However, it can use other liquids. Kinsman was inspired by his left over coffee every morning and decided to play with the medium a little bit more. To achieve different looks, the machine can experiment with the height at which the droplets are dropped, the intensity of color, size of the droplets, and the material being printed on. All of these will affect the outcome of the final image.


The printer is particularly great at printing photos of human faces once they are simplified. The machine is powered by a microcontroller and has memory to store enough for approximately an 80 x 100 pixel image. If you’re wondering how long it takes to print a portrait, it’s about an hour. The longest part of the whole process is waiting for it to dry, which takes about a full day.


If you want to see this awesome machine in action, be sure to come to Imagine RIT: Innovation + Creativity Festival on May 7th, 2016!


Exhibit Featurette #5: GoPros + Cinema = Virtual Reality Movies

Have you ever been watching a film and wished that you were not confined to what the director wanted you to see? Maybe you wanted to take in some of the scenery, or maybe you were wondering if something cool is happening outside of the frame. These wishes could soon be fulfilled with the help of virtual reality cinema, which will be on display at this year’s Imagine RIT.

gopro4Victoria using an Oculus Rift

Victoria McGowen, a third year Motion Picture Science major and her team over in RIT’s Virtual Reality and Imaging Detector Lab have created a means for capturing video that can be used in virtual reality. This is accomplished by affixing multiple Gopro camcorders to a surface to make a “GoPro Platter” as team member Sean Cooper calls it. That along with the help of some image stitching software can allow a director to film hemispherical video. After the videos are gathered and stitched together the team uses an Oculus Rift headset to display the images in virtual reality.

gopro2GoPros attached to a surface prototype

An Oculus Rift is a headset that is worn over the user’s eyes and displays a different image for each eye giving off the illusion of virtual reality. It also uses the movements of the user to further the feeling of virtual reality. The experience is truly spectacular and the team wants to share the experience by allowing Imagine RIT visitors to try on the Oculus Rift and experiencing it for themselves.

gopro1The Virtual Reality Cinema Team from left to right:

Back: Kayla Mouriz, Matt Setlow, Sean Cooper, Noah Kram, Andrew Gillie

Front: Anna Dining, Hollie Grant, Victoria McGowen

Once this project has been completed the Virtual Reality Cinema team hopes to let the school of Film and Animation utilize their creation to make truly unique videos. “We work with the film department and we wanted to kind of bring in a cinematic experience to virtual reality.” said McGowen. Though the team seemed very excited about the future of their project, they also want the opportunity to showcase many of the other interesting aspects of Motion Picture Science. The team wants to showcase a different project every year, and we are excited to see what they come up with! Check them out at this year’s Imagine RIT.