Network Forums

2018 Innovate Carolina Network Forums

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Your inventive ideas, new projects or purposeful passions. How can you use the proven tools and methods of innovation and entrepreneurship to put them into motion? Join us for the 2018 Innovate Carolina Network Forums, a series of events that will bring the most effective strategies and tactics designed to help you make your ideas work.

This is your chance to connect with colleagues across campus, respected experts in industry and thought leaders from other institutions. Each month during the 2018-19 academic year, we’ll focus on topics designed for a mix of inspiration and information. You’ll walk away with a sense of the university’s strategic direction, practical how-to’s and personal connections.

Diversity Thrives on Innovation

Thursday, Feb. 21
9 - 11 a.m.
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room

Innovation thrives on diversity; diversity of experience, diversity of background, diversity of academic discipline, and diversity of opinion. Join us to learn how innovators are embracing the power of diversity more than ever. Find out how you can get involved and take the next steps in making our innovation and entrepreneurial community more open and diverse. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how we can work together to accelerate ideas that make an economic and social impact across the local community, state and beyond.

Previous seminars

Storytelling: Data + Impact

Wednesday, Jan. 16
9 - 11 a.m.
Hyde Hall (University Room)

Storytelling is a powerful tool. A compelling story that draws connections, evokes emotion and uses data for support can be the key to transforming an idea into an innovation that makes a broad impact in society. Reserve your seat for the first Innovate Carolina Network Forum of 2019. Professional storytellers and data enthusiasts will join us to share real-world examples and advice for how you can craft powerful stories that blend hard data and the human experience across different media. Breakfast will be provided.

Storytellers Studio: The Science and Art of Communicating Impact

Thursday, Nov. 29
Time TBD
Location TBD

You’re working on an incredible program or idea. And you’re absolutely positive that people will be extremely interested in getting involved. Until they’re not. Why do some ideas and initiatives stick, while others get lost in the mix? Often, it’s a matter of storytelling. No matter how important your work is, people will never fully engage with your program unless you can explain what you’re doing in a clear and compelling way – and convey why it matters to them. The key is tapping into the fact that humans are hardwired to love stories. What are the secrets to telling stories that pique people’s interest and inspire them to get involved? How can you use data and visual storytelling to show the impact of your work? And how can you explain things that are complex in a simpler way so that everyone understands the real-world difference your work makes?

Registration opens soon

Talent: The Currency of Innovation

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Toy Lounge (Dey Hall)

Students in today’s Innovation Generation enter a workforce where changes in technology, processes and culture outpace our capacity to adapt. In this environment, emerging and established industries demand an innovation mindset and skillset —  in areas such as entrepreneurship, design thinking, creativity, idea prototyping, data and technology. How do we prepare students to be highly adaptable participants in an innovation workforce? What are the building blocks of knowledge and experience that will help them? And how can today’s professionals tap into similar learning modes to adapt their own journeys?

Innovating Together, For All

Wednesday, Sept. 5
8:30 a.m.
Gerrard Hall

Carolina’s uniquely connected I&E network and interdisciplinary culture has become a platform that students and faculty use to launch inventive ideas and solve big problems. Guided by the University’s strategic framework The Blueprint for Next, how will we build on success and scale innovation at Carolina to the next level? Join Chancellor Carol Folt to hear about UNC’s role as an innovation leader and where we’re headed. What key strategies and initiatives will the University pursue? How can we infuse the theory and practice of innovation into our everyday work? And what can we learn from innovation models adopted by other universities and private industry?