Catalyst is our summer showcase that serves as a launching point that inspires students to move their ideas forward beyond the classroom and apply their innovative solutions to the communities they live in even after the course ends. We hold one at the end of Summer A and one at the end of Summer B every year.
IA Students in the Creativity in Action course present their ideas, prototypes, informational posters, and persuasive pitches at Catalyst. The Innovation Academy invites members of the community, family, friends, fellow innovators and people passionate about innovation to attend.
The dates for this year's seventh annual Innovation Academy Catalyst Innovation Challenge will be held June 14, 2019 from 2pm-4pm and August 2, 2019 from 2pm-4pm. The new challenge topic for this year will be centered around the Gator Good area of early childhood development.
In last year's sixth annual Innovation Academy Catalyst Innovation Challenge we called for innovative solutions that would protect, conserve, regenerate, neutralize, stabilize, maintain, and improve the future of the earth’s biodiversity (University of Florida, 2018). In alignment with the University of Florida’s land-grant mission, students specifically focused on making a difference in the state of Florida and the other regionalized places that our students are from. The 2018 Innovation Academy Catalyst Challenge began with the question:
“How might we use innovation to protect the biodiversity in our hometowns?”
The question originated from the University of Florida’s Gator Good campaign which calls the Gator Nation to work together to solve the wicked problems that our planet faces (University of Florida, 2018).