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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.

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Destler Talks Destler’s Challenge

Current President of RIT:  Dr. Bill Destler

As the first year of Imagine RIT came to a close in 2008, 17,000 visitors could testify to the uniquely innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff. They had perhaps thought they’d “seen it all”; however, one man’s imagination begged to take the showcase of Imagine RIT even further. “I got interested in electric vehicles, which is an interesting story in itself, but I basically thought they were a fraud,” said current RIT president Bill Destler. An engineer who knew better than to simply trust his assumption, President Destler bought an electric scooter to tinker with and test for himself. He was continually amazed by its efficiency and low costs of operation which transformed his doubt into a fascination that he wanted to share with others. Thus, the first Dr. Destler’s Challenge at Imagine RIT was born.

Destler’s Challenge has traditionally been a sustainable, primarily electric vehicle, based event that is featured every year prior to the opening ceremony of Imagine RIT. The challenge is open to all teams of RIT students, faculty, staff who build or modify a vehicle that is capable of tackling the current year’s challenge. Winners of the challenge get a choice between a $1000 cash prize or one of Destler’s antique banjos from his private collection.

Last year’s challenge was the E-vehicle Autocross where teams had to build e-vehicles and race around a specified track set up in one of RIT’s parking lots. In 2013, participants had to focus on endurance rather than maneuverability, and were asked to modify and drive a “Power Wheels” children’s toy vehicle.

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Photo from a previous Destler’s Challenge

The 8th annual festival on Saturday, May 2 will bring a major shift in Destler’s Challenge by veering from land-based vehicles to air-based vehicles, namely UAVs. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) come in many different forms, shapes and sizes. To level the playing field and to make the contest accessible to more students, each team has been given the same kit containing a type of UAV called a quadcopter due to its reliance on four rotors.

As Destler correctly points out, “UAVs have this sort of reputation for being weapons carriers…they have a lot of other applications like photography or shipping.” These other applications will be shown through this year’s challenge, which takes place in RIT’s new arena, the Gene Polisseni Center, starting at 8:30 a.m. on May 2. Teams will remotely pilot their crafts along a specified course, stopping to take photographs of “pedestrians” (i.e. life-sized stand ups of RIT administrators). The second part of the challenge will demonstrate preprogrammed autonomous tasks of each team’s choosing. In order to show his support, President Destler and his quadcopter will also be on the course with the other competitors.

An example of the Parrot UAV Kit given to all the teams

President Destler hopes the challenge will increase the “technical literacy” of its viewers and competitors, as well as demonstrate the many capabilities of UAVs beyond their military connotation. He also wants it to be an entertaining experience that will keep people coming back for more next year. As for the future of the challenge? “We’ll continue them for as long as I’m here,” said Destler. “The real challenge will be to come up with interesting new ideas. Will we shift [technologies] again next year? Who knows?”

Imagine RIT Exhibits Live On

It’s important for you to know that the research, business plans, prototypes, and other types of exhibits one will experience during Imagine RIT, do not fade away after our one day festival, but rather they live on as RIT students, faculty and staff continue to develop and refine their work.

MotionSavvy is one such exhibit – an application that will translate a hand shape into a text letter of the alphabet in sign language.

Check out this video on CNET’s website.  A captioned version of this video may be found on YouTube.

 Other great press placements for MotionSavvy may be found in:

The RIT/NTID students involved include: Ryan Hait-Campbell, Alex Opalka, Wade Kellard, Jordan Stemper, Daniel Mooney, Claire Bernard, and Robert Dooling.  In 2013, the team was accepted in and completed RIT’s Summer Start-Up course for new businesses at RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  This was followed by an award of $25,000 and acceptance into Leap Motion’s LEAP AXLR8R in San Francisco to help further their work.  MotionSavvy has also been developed as part of RIT’s research in Effective Access Technology.

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.

RIT Center for MAGIC hosts Adobe’s Michael Gough!

The RIT Center for MAGIC is excited to host Michael Gough, Vice President of Experience Design and Creativity at Adobe and the leader of Adobe’s Experience Design (XD) Team, an internal design practice focusing on the next generation of digitally enabled experiences. Mr. Gough is eager to demonstrate the opportunities for collaboration between RIT and Adobe.

Mr. Gough will also be touring the campus that day to visit with students from MAGIC, New Media, IGM, Design, etc. He is particularly interested in seeing and commenting on student work, meeting with members of the RIT community (both faculty and staff), and “seeing what Imagine RIT is all about”. We look forward to receiving Mr. Gough as a special guest as this is a one-time opportunity that you and your family won’t want to miss at Imagine RIT, Saturday, May 3, 2014!

Here is a short video Adobe put together as an homage to creativity. Imagination matters!

 

 

Sonar Class Adaptive Sailing Devices

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Each Tuesday between now and Imagine RIT on Saturday, May 3, 2014, we will share exclusive festival highlights.

Sailing is an activity that promotes lifelong wellness and a sense of freedom not easily experienced on land. Two senior design teams from RIT came together to build devices for people with physical limitations so that they too could experience the feeling of sailing. Each team has focused on a specific crew member role in order to create an adaptive device that allows a physically disabled person to overcome these challenges and be able to experience the joys of sailing.

One of the teams focused on the jib trimmer role (the person who adjusts the trim of the smaller sail closer to the bow while simultaneously traversing the width of the boat to counterbalance the heel) while the other team focused on the skipper role (the person who controls the direction of travel by moving the rudder). The Jib Transfer system allows a person to move from the port side of the boat to the starboard side, and vise versa, without the use of their legs and with only limited core usage. The Skipper’s Chair provides a secure and stable seat with an integrated steering mechanism to allow a person to control the movement of the sailboat without also requiring usage of their legs or any significant core strength. This project was also selected as one of 6 finalists for a podium presentation at  the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, MA!

Check out the Sonar Class Adaptive Sailing Devices in the Unity Quad May 3, 2014 – at Imagine RIT!

 

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Exhibitors include: Nicole Conway, Katy Wurman, Matt Brunelle, Mike Kennedy, Jeff Flowerday, Richard Dzionara-Norsen, Jon Nguyen, Kassandra Schlott

 

 

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 http://www.rit.edu/imagine.