Catalyst is a 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.
In our 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). This year the Innovation Academy did its part to join the #GatorGood campaign and ideate innovative change solutions related to Biodiversity.
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 biodiversity to attend.