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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.


Behind Imagine RIT: Co-op Students part 2


Hello readers, my name is Eric Lizotte and I am a third year Management Information Systems and New Media Marketing student at RIT. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and like most students it was a big change for me to move away from home. Fortunately for me I made some close friends rather quickly that I enjoyed going places with.

I remember some of the bigger events that I went to during my freshman year. I had attended homecoming, Freezefest, and I even walked through parts of Toracon. All of the events were huge, so I thought it was safe to assume that I had seen the largest events that RIT had to offer. Then I heard about an event called ImagineRIT.

All the advertisements I saw for it made ImagineRIT sound like the largest event that RIT had. Usually an event has to be large scale in order to merit a commercial on TV. Even though it seemed big I remember thinking that there was no way a one day event could be of a grander scale than Homecoming or Freezefest which lasted multiple days.

I was wrong.

On the day of the event I walked around campus with a few of my friends and saw that ImagineRIT truly was RIT’s signature event. It embodied the true spirit of innovation that no other event could. Seeing the creations that other students at RIT had produced truly made me proud to be an RIT student. After a day full of visiting exhibit and watching performances I decided that Imagine RIT was something that I wanted to be a part of.

Now it is my third year at RIT and I have a co-op position with Imagine RIT. It feels amazing to be contributing to RIT’s mission of innovation and creativity. As the festival gets closer I hope that some of you will also find the desire to be a part of Imagine RIT on May 2, 2015, whether it be as an exhibitor, a volunteer, or a visitor.

Behind Imagine RIT: Co-op Students


As pictured in my majestic glory, my name is Juan Lachapelle and I’m currently a 3rd year Advertising and Public Relations/ Philosophy double major student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I’m on co-op (or internship or cooperative learning etc) under Imagine RIT focusing on social media and anything else Imagine RIT related.

Small Tidbit about myself, I’m originally from Bronx, NY and came to RIT on a random whim. Never visited the campus or even knew how it looked like before I got on it that hot summer day back in 2012. Parents leaving in tears and me trying to get a feel for where I’m going to be for the next 4 years of my life. In about 3 years, I’ve joined a multitude of organizations, became integrated into the campus and started living on my own with some good friends. It’s been a rough but wonderful ride and my current stop is working with the Imagine RIT team and bringing you a glorious event.

My first experience with Imagine RIT was a short-lived one. I worked at a booth for Reporter Magazine and never really left it. It was nice seeing people come up and talking to them about our magazine but that was my entire day. My second year, I wanted to experience the festival to the fullest. I got some friends and we went to every building and every exhibit we could find. With that I was hooked. It’s a beautiful event for students to see what our colleagues are working on and staff to see what students can actually do. Then you have the Rochester community, being able to see what RIT is all about .

Throughout my time here I’ll be bringing you behind the scenes look at the things happening beyond the festival and interviews with people who make Imagine happen every year. I will be trying to post stories and articles weekly/bi-weekly so be on the lookout. You can ask me questions about Imagine RIT or just about anything though email ( or twitter (@jhlachapelle). Come back tomorrow for a look at my co-worker and second co-op student, Eric Lizotte.

Only 200 Days…?

That’s right, folks!

The countdown has already begun with 200 days until the 8th annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

Time and again I run into people out in the community who say, “What do you do at RIT?” Answer: “I coordinate the Imagine RIT Festival.” Only to hear the follow up response, “Oh, yeah, I’ve heard that’s a great event. We haven’t made it there yet.”

I think to myself, “Do you mean you have not been among the 200,000 visitors who have made it to the festival since its inception in 2008? Hmmm…”

Well, if this conversation describes YOU don’t let another year go by without carving out some time – even one hour – to visit this unique, fun, and educational festival that “engages all ages.”

And guess what? It’s absolutely FREE!

So mark your calendar for Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine.

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Don’t know what the festival is all about?

Picture the RIT campus, both indoors and out, covered with 400+ exhibits put on by our very own students, faculty and staff, covering any and all topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM).

Plus…live entertainment and lots of food!

Check out our website for more information, and please follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Robotic S’more Machine Revisited

Remember the Robotic S’more Machine? Check out their new video which demonstrates the s’more machine from all angles! This fully automated work cell can produce a delicious s’more from start to finish in 45 seconds! Get hungry and come visit the Robotic S’more Machine exhibit in the Gordon Field House at Imagine RIT, Saturday, May 3, 2014!

Diggers, Hard Hats and Dirt, Oh My!

Diggers, Hard Hats and Dirt, Oh My!

In Rochester, NY, spring brings rain, flowers, and…construction. And the RIT campus is no exception! Work on the Gene Polisseni Center continues, but not to worry festival-goers, the giant hole you see here will be backfilled before May 3rd. All walkways will be open.

Plan an itinerary for your visit to Imagine RIT at

2500 Exhibitors + 600 Volunteers + 400 Exhibits + 26 Days = 1 Awesome Festival

2500 Exhibitors + 600 Volunteers + 400 Exhibits + 26 Days = 1 Awesome Festival

Innovation and creativity will abound on Saturday, May 3rd, with close to 400 exhibits put on by RIT students, faculty and staff plus live entertainment, inflatables, a climbing wall, and plenty of food.