Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History presented the first annual ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017. The festival, programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, was a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD). Visitors to the festival interacted with innovators and experienced new interdisciplinary technologies developed to address global challenges. The event was free and open to the public.
The ACCelerate festival was an opportunity for all ACC schools in partnership with the Lemelson Center to showcase their work to the public, each other, students, alumni, companies, legislators, and invited guests from the nation’s capital.
The festival took over the west wing of the National Museum of American History, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th Streets NW.
There were 48 interactive installations from across the 15 ACC schools grouped in six thematic areas:
In addition, visitors experienced 15 dramatic and musical performances and nine panel discussions featuring Smithsonian and ACC students, scholars and staff exploring key questions about creativity and innovation.