ig·nite /iɡˈknight/ verb
• catch fire or cause to catch fire
• to pursue innovation intensely with powerful purpose
• how Golden Knights defy convention to innovate with impact
What Does Ignite Do?
The President's Challenge
As Golden Knights, we think, make and ignite innovation.
You came to Clarkson with a purpose and we believe in your ability to roll-up your sleeves, recognize opportunities, create value and change, and defy convention. Now we challenge each of you to compete in the inaugural President's “Make to Learn Challenge” - with $25,000 in prizes available during the 2017-18 academic year.
The Ignite team at Clarkson invite speakers to campus to inspire and motivate the community with the spirit of innovation and collaboration. The speakers that we invite have first hand knowledge of innovation and collaborative ecosystems and how they help serve the community as a whole.
Get Hands On
Workshops to Build Skills
Learning to build your future through these interactive initiatives helps you, the campus and the community as a whole. We put on various workshops throughout the year. See upcoming and past workshops that interest you on our Skills Page.
There will also be lunch and learns, collaborative team sessions and challenges that are all wrapped into the innovation ecosystem. As Ignite grows, so can you.
Ignite Events in Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) runs from November 13th to November 17th this year. GEW brings together successful entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs to discuss all aspects of developing, starting, owning, running and protecting a business. The events for GEW week are listed below.
Nurturing Future Innovators & Entrepreneurs: Incorporating Technology in the Classroom
November 13th - Schenectady, NY
Educators need to redesign and transform their teaching practice to better reflect the current technological era we are living in. In doing so, they will better prepare students to have more critical interactions with these new technologies and engage as being creators of resources rather than passive receivers of information. Adolescents have opportunities like never before to construct, create, and share with a public audience. The possibilities are endless, as these technologies are constantly evolving, and remain in a state of perpetual growth for the foreseeable future. Our students are future entrepreneurs and innovators, and need to be taught how to utilize a variety of technologies, as well as given the space and opportunity to design on their own. Allowing teachers to engage and interact with technology they can easily incorporate into their curriculum is not only beneficial, but imperative. Clarkson’s Education Department and Institute of STEM Education will partner with the Museum of Innovation and Science, in Schenectady, NY, to host an evening that showcases how current technologies can be integrated into the classroom, and allow students opportunities for innovation and production.
Alumni Success Series: Rick Klauser
November 14th - Potsdam, NY B.H. Snell, 7pm
Klauser '85: CEO, Sprout Foods, Inc. shared insights on leadership and career success in the food and beverage industry as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. This session was presented by Knight Class, the Honors Leadership Program, and the Roundtable Society.
NY Biz Lab – Clarkson Lunchtime Entrepreneurship Series
November 15th – Schenectady, NY
The NY Biz Lab - Clarkson Lunchtime Entrepreneurship Series is a monthly event the features regional talks by successful entrepreneurs. The event, started in April of 2017, consistently draws 60+ attendees. Topics have included, "How to build your business without venture capital", "The Exit: Getting your company positioned, the process, and life after the exit", "Transitioning leadership". In recognition of GEW, we would like to invite a prominent entrepreneur from outside of the region for the November 15th event.
November 16th– Potsdam, NY Student Center 11am-4pm
Curious about Clarkson Ignite? Interested in the President’s Challenge? Join us from 11am – 4pm in the Student Center to meet and network with campus and regional resources, participate in innovation challenges, and win prizes! Check in at the registration table and grab your Ignite Fest passport and score an Ignite CamelBak then visit with the resource partners to be eligible for more prizes like Apple Watches, Amazon Alexa units, 3D pens, GoPro cameras and more! Get Ignited!