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Innovation: Brainstorms, Big Ideas, and the Creative Future

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Innovation: Brainstorms, Big Ideas, and the Creative Future

All-Day Seminar

Full Day Lecture/Seminar

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1C0005
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)
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This program has a new date (originally Oct. 6, 2013).  

When the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building opened its doors in 1881 as the National Museum, it showcased both the wonders of the natural world and the brand-new technological marvels of its age. After a top-to-bottom renovation and re-imagining, the historic building reopens next year as the Smithsonian Innovation Space, where the newest ideas and new ways of generating them will be in the spotlight.

Get a preview of the center’s future programs—and a chance to help shape them—in a free, daylong event devoted to exploring the role that innovation plays in our lives. Innovators drawn from the Smithsonian, NASA, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, science, technology, and the arts come together to present a series of 15-minute, high-focus presentations that look at some big questions about how big ideas are born.

  • What makes an innovator?
  • Can innovation be taught?
  • How do you create the most powerful mix of people and ideas—and how do you fund it?
  • Can failure feed innovation?
  • How do you know if you’ve really created something new?

The day is designed to speak to and spark your curiosity about innovation, and the setting will be a casual and interactive one. There’ll be plenty of chances to mingle, meet the presenters, get your own ideas flowing, and try your hand at a couple of intriguing activities. View the schedule.

Matt Wasowski of NerdNiteNY serves as the day’s moderator.

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Visit the Smithsonian Innovation website for news and information about the Smithsonian Innovation Space at the Arts & Industries Building and more.