Innovation 5 Awarded Co-Learning grant

We are delighted that the University Center for Regional Economic Innovation, a project sponsored by the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development and the US Economic Development Agency has awarded the Innovation 5 team a grant under their co-learning program.  These funds will enable us to engage with more students in our project planning and implementation phases.  We will be reporting out on the results of our efforts to bring everyone together to develop a new community resource, including a presentation at the 2013 Innovate Michigan! Summit.

Posted on March 6, 2013 .

Nanotechnology meets additive manufacturing

There is an interesting visionary article in Forbes interviewing Eric Drexler about the potential for what he calls 'Atomically Precise Manufacturing.'  The notion is essentially to improve the current additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printering and other rapid prototyping equipment to make manufacturing at the atomic scale routine.  Drexler is a long-time advocate of manufacturing at the nanoscale, although his ideas are controversial as many consider that the physics of the nanoscale may preclude easy scaling to the atomic level.  But who knows - maybe in a few years we will be printing atoms at Innovation 5!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2013/02/26/nanotechnologys-civilization-changing-revolutionary-next-phase/

Tom Deits

Posted on February 27, 2013 .

Highlights at AAAS - so far

Lots of interesting general science here as well as a lot of material about innovation, communicating with the public and internet resources everything!  The session on using crowdsourcing to fund science projects was so crowded I couldn't even get near the door to the session!  On the fun side, Nathan Myrvohld's talk on Science in the Kitchen was really entertaining - for example, his research on wine decanting, often a feature of the presentation of expensive wines in fancy restaurants led him to a new method he calls 'hyperdecanting.'  You will probably be surprised at his technique!

Had a good conversation with folks from the Exploratorium, one of my favorite hands-on science museums and they were enthusiastic about the Innovation 5 concept and agreed that the mixing of a hands-on innovation for kids into an prototyping space was a concept they had not heard about elsewhere.  Talked to a reporter for NOVA who may contact us for a show in the planning stages on innovation!  

Another fun event was an evening with Ig Nobel prize winners.  Perhaps the most amusing part of the ceremony for the Innovation 5 crowd is that the 'human spotlight' (the guy painted siver with the flashlight) is Jim Bredt, one of the pioneers in the field of 3D printing!  

Ig Nobel Prize winners presentation at AAAS 2013

Ig Nobel Prize winners presentation at AAAS 2013

Posted on February 17, 2013 .

AAAS annual national meeting - Boston MA

I'm at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston for the rest of the week.  This is my first visit to this meeting and I hope to pick up some information and help for the Innovation 5 project while I am here.  I also plan to listen to some cool talks.  Today I'm attending a symposium on Communicating Science to Policy-Makers.  As I come across interesting items relevant to Innovation 5, I will post here.

Tom Deits

Posted on February 14, 2013 .

ACE '13 - Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

I attended the ACE '13 - Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship on January 31.  I highly recommend attendance at future events by this organization!  There was a remarkably diverse group of attendees, ranging from MSU students promoting a new app, TempoRun, who recently were named as finalists in a national student entrepreneurial startup competition, Student Startup Madness, to regional incubators and free access to consultants.  I made a lot of useful contacts for future networking and received a lot of positive feedback on the Innovation 5 concept.

-Tom Deits

Posted on February 1, 2013 .

Innovation 5 receives its first seed funding

Innovation 5 is proud to announce that we have received our first seed funding from two organizations; Spartan Innovations and Michigan State University's Lyman Briggs College.  We are very grateful to both organizations for their early support of our project! We are also proud that organizations focused on both support for business innovation and economic development and on student service learning see that Innovation 5 promises to effectively address these diverse objectives.

-Tom Deits

Posted on February 1, 2013 .