Clarkson Ignite invites change agents from different industries and institutions to campus for discussions with the community around igniting innovation on campus and in society.

Bringing Clarkson Ignite to life and investigating where and why innovation and change is happening. Come see how you can be a part of Clarkson Ignite at one of our events or see the recordings below for any you may have missed.

Upcoming Speakers

November 16th

Ignite Fest

Student Center - All day event

A full day of activities including presenters, a resource fair, networking, and student pitches will fill the student center with excitement and activity.

There will be tables from The Shipley Center for Innovation, The Marketing and External Relations Department and others. Come join the festivities and for your chance to receive prizes. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome.

 

December 1st

Heidi Neck: Faculty Seminar, Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines

Cheel Barben Rooms 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Entrepreneurship education is no longer reserved for the niche student population in business schools. Come learn best practices and two adaptable classroom activities from Babson professor, Heidi Neck. Open to all faculty from all disciplines; sponsored by the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley. Registration is required: www.HeidiNeck.eventbrite.com

 

Past Events

Rick Klauser: Alumni Success Series presented by Development & Alumni Relations Office

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.

 

Jeff Wenzel and Shawn Neal from the Woodshed Agency

Jeff Wenzel and Shawn Neal from the Woodshed Agency shared the secrets of creating and running a successful crowdfunding campaign through an interactive session.

Jeff "fuzzy" Wenzel is a digital and social media expert, project manager and business developer who has created and maintained a social media presence for over 450 client projects on multiple social media platforms. He is a co-founder of Groovebox Studios, a S.E. Michigan based music and digital media company that has established themselves as crowd-funding pioneers with over 300 successful campaigns to their credit. Jeff also seeks out and maintains collaborative relationships for his digital properties between companies, sponsors and clients. Credits include Volkswagen, Moncur, Detroit Design Center, Motor City New Years Eve, Camp Casey and North Star Media.

Shawn Neal is a crowdfunding expert, content creation professional and expert storyteller who is a repeat champion of The Moth StorySLAM. As co-founder of Groovebox Studios, Shawn lead the strategy and development of over 300 successful crowdfunding campaigns that have raised over $2 Million and counting. His career began at Apple where he worked as a training, branding and sales consultant for 5 years. In his work as a content creation professional Shawn has filmed and edited over 2,000 music and commercial videos, documentaries and television series including “Under The Radar Michigan” on PBS. Clients include Compuware, Heil Sound, The Metro Times, Youth Violence Prevention Initiative of Detroit, and World AIDS Day Detroit.

For more information, visit their website at Woodshed Agency

Ken Camarco Class of '85 - President and Founder, Boundless Breakthroughs LLC

Ken Camarco is an entrepreneurial executive with extensive global experience leading manufacturing and technology companies. He has specialized in high-growth commercial expansion with a focus on developing enduring customer and partner relationships and has delivered innovative new products and world-class services that afford a sustainable competitive advantage. Ken’s experience includes merger and acquisition integration, and he has a broad and deep understanding of strategy and organizational development and an affinity for successfully applying new technologies that benefit customers and shareholders across multiple global industries, channels and cultures. As a student, Ken was involved with WCKN TV and WNTC/WTSC. He is now a trustee at Clarkson University

 

Andreas Resmini: Design Master Class for Faculty.

In this masterclass Andreas argued that studio space and studio processes should not stop at the physical boundaries of the room or the building, but rather extend outside to embrace the way people move from a mobile app to a human agent to a physical appliance and back at will. The resulting blended space of action also extends into the devices we use in and out of the makerspace, and into our homes, cars, and airport lounges.

Andreas described the work being done at the Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Jönköping, Sweden, and how this reflects studio developments around the world. He framed the design of the studio space and studio processes from the perspective of three specific ongoing shifts:

  1. The design shift from digital to post-digital

  2. The technological shift from screens to embodiment

  3. The social and cultural shift from postmodernism, citationism, and authorship to digimodernism, evanescence, conversations, and multiple anonymous ownership.

For more information, visit Andreas' website at andrearesmini.com

 

President Tony Collins: Igniting Leadership at Clarkson University

President Collins reflected upon his experience as a leader in higher education, first as principal investigator in his labs, and then as Provost and President of Clarkson. In particular, he focused on how innovative leaders work to identify opportunities in the ever changing landscape, and then to mobilize the necessary resources and motivate key personnel to get things done.

 

JP Allen, PhD Guest Speaker

Prof. JP Allen, came to us at Clarkson after being hosted by the Bank of Canada Conference on Digitalization and the Economy, where he delivered a keynote address related to his new book: Technology and Inequality: Concentrated Wealth in a Digital World. At Clarkson, he shared what makes him passionate about open source innovation-- insights on the digital revolution, opportunities and challenges in the space, and concerns in a digital economy. 

See a brief of his keynote below.

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