IDEA Hub accepting proposals for 2018

The IDEA Hub encourages students from all divisions to apply and seeks to accept projects strongly committed to social and creative entrepreneurship.

Undergraduates, including graduating seniors, may apply for a three- to six-month fellowship. Applications should include a one-page project proposal plus a work plan and budget. Some additional funding is available for project development. Fellowships are reserved for students working on projects that are past the idea stage, with funds intended to move them to implementation.

Applicants the IDEA Hub accepts into its program will receive:

  • Access to all four incubation hubs (Community Media and Mapping Lab of the Everett Program, OpenLab, S-lab, and VizLab)
  • Workshops for developing professional skills and projects
  • Mentorship to help bring projects to fruition
  • At least $500 to launch. Awards up to $2500 are available for projects that can prove their sustainability and marketability. Budgets will be required for additional funds.

Email your creative or social-benefitting business proposal to cied@ucsc.edu by May 18, 2018.

The next Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup is April 4, 2018

Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp offers opportunities to learn about new technology startups in the Santa Cruz region and to connect with jobs and key shakers in our tech ecosystem. UCSC students with valid ID receive a reduced entry fee. Regular entrance fee is $10 or $15 per person, depending on the venue. Admission includes food, beverage, live music, and company presentations.

The next Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup is:

April 4, 2018
6 p.m.
Santa Cruz Dream Inn
175 W. Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz

Join the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup online to register to attend this event.

McHenry Library to celebrate new visualization spaces that enhance digital scholarship

January 25, 2018

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An opening celebration to formally launch the VizWall, a large-scale visualization installation, and the VizLab, a Virtual Reality and 360 Lab, will take place on February 7, at the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons on the ground floor of McHenry Library.

The VizWall is a 14'x4' screen installation that enables large scale presentation of visual materials or simultaneous interaction with multiple pieces of digital content. It now offers the entire campus community a new space to visualize their research and create interactive digital media. 

The new VizLab creates an opportunity for students to experience and develop projects in Virtual Reality. It also provides the campus with access to a high performance, graphics intensive workstation with available 3D modeling, animation, and Virtual Reality software. These new spaces were created through partnerships between the University Library, The Humanities Institute, the Humanities Division, CITIRIS, and the IDEA Hub.

“The spaces highlight how collaborative infrastructure projects create new possibilities for research, teaching, and learning on campus, and the role of the library as a hub for scholarly experimentation,” said Rachel Deblinger, director of the Digital Scholarship Commons

“The vision and leadership of The Humanities Institute has fostered a dynamic community of researchers on campus that has opened up these new partnerships,” she noted. “We will continue to work together to build the necessary infrastructure to inspire and enable ever changing modes of scholarly production and presentation.”

Deblinger added that the lab space has already been used for curriculum.

“Arts faculty have been bringing their students to the VizLab to draw and create in 3D, and a number of history and other humanities faculty will be using the lab this quarter to have students explore virtual reality spaces.”

The opening reception will include a presentation by assistant professor of history Elaine Sullivan about her work with 4D models of ancient Egyptian temple sites. Demonstrations in Virtual Reality will also be available throughout the event.

The Digital Scholarship Commons plans to additionally host two lectures at the VizWall this winter.

The University Library’s reception to celebrate the opening of the VizWall and VizLab takes place on Wednesday, February 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the The David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons, located on the ground floor of McHenry Library. Admission is free. RSVP Here

 

Introductory Workshop in TouchDesigner

 
 Materializing Interactive Research (MIR) is a computing lab for artists and designers created as a IDEA Hub Student Enterprise. MIR focuses on how physical, social play can meaningfully inform the ways we use sensing technologies in digital art and new media. This exploration of the relationship between the human body, motion-sensing, and responsive environments finds its most meaningful expression through a series of immersive creative-coding workshops.
 
A focus on work that promotes human-to-human computer mediated interaction, rather than siloed human-to-machine interaction aims to disrupt the often isolating nature of computer artworks. During workshops, MIR instructors will guide participants through embodiment exercises where they will examine the relationships between the body and space, the body and technology, and the body with other bodies. These exercises are rooted in theater, dance, mindfulness, and play therapy.

We hope to encourage artists and designers to consider the importance of the body and embodiment in their work, and to offer a counterpoint perspective to the Descartian dualism that often dominates the dialogue about how humans and machines should interact. In addition to providing opportunities for artists and designers to create their own works, MIR will use its experience to also operate as a consultation service, providing guidance for installation considerations, and produce plug-in software tools for artists looking for turn-key solutions.

IDEA Hub accepting applications for 2017

The IDEA Hub encourages students from all divisions to apply and seeks to accept projects strongly committed to social and creative entrepreneurship. IDEA Hub will give priority to proof-of-concept projects with a clear path to business sustainability.

Applicants the IDEA Hub accepts into its program will receive:

  • Access to all four incubation hubs (Community Media and Mapping Lab of the Everett Program, OpenLab, S-lab, and VizLab)
  • Workshops for developing professional skills and projects
  • Mentorship to help bring projects to fruition
  • At least $500 to launch. Awards up to $2500 are available for projects that can prove their sustainability and marketability. Budgets will be required for additional funds.

The deadline for submitting your IDEA Hub proposal is November 3, 2017, by 11:59:59 p.m. PST.

Link to 2017 IDEA Hub winners

The current funding cycle is closed. Stay tuned for future calls.

Great Opportunity for Young Innovators of California

There’s still time to apply for the annual Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California … but the clock is ticking!

The Westly Foundation awards four $30,000 prizes to social change-makers under age 28 who attend school or have a permanent home in California. They’re looking for young people with novel solutions to community challenges who have prototyped their ideas and have plans to grow. They’re open to all forms of organization and any issue, so long as the innovator is making the world a better place.

Apply by October 15, 2017, by clicking here!

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 15, 2017. The Westly Foundation has already started reviewing applications, so if you—or a young innovator in your network—want to stand out from the crowd and avoid the rush, apply today!

Learn more here and please spread the word to other young social entrepreneurs and innovators!

IDEA Hub Fall Open House – Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Want to form an IDEA Hub team and gain access to IDEA Hub’s incubation facilities? Want to submit a community-project idea to IDEA Hub for its fellows to consider tackling? Want to mentor an IDEA Hub team? Want to tour the IDEA Hub OpenLab at UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media Center? Just want to learn what the IDEA Hub is all about? Come to the IDEA Hub Fall Open House on October 11, 2017, any time from 1 to 5 p.m., at UCSC’s Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), Dark Lab (Room 108). Refreshments are provided, and it’s free and open to the public.

Call for Applications June 11, 2017 – IDEA Hub Fellowship and Support

Apply now for financial support to help move your project past the proof of concept stage and seed your enterprise ideas.  Graduate students can apply for a quarter length Graduate fellowship (including tuition and fees for Fall, Winter or Spring).  Undergraduates and graduating seniors can apply for a 3-6-month fellowship. Use one quarter to move your project past the proof of concept stage and seed your enterprise idea.

Applications should include a one-page project proposal plus a work plan and budget. Some additional funds are available for project development. These fellowships are reserved for students working on projects that are past the idea stage, with these funds designed to move to implementation. See poster for details:

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A Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise – June 7, 2017

Summer Fellowship (Applications due June 11, 2017)

Apply now for financial support to help move your project past the proof of concept stage and seed your enterprise ideas.  Graduate students can apply for a quarter length Graduate fellowship (including tuition and fees for Fall, Winter or Spring).  Undergraduates and graduating seniors can apply for a 3-6-month fellowship.

Applications should include a one page project proposal plus a work plan and budget. Some additional funds are available for project development. These fellowships are reserved for students working on projects that are past the idea stage, with these funds designed to move to implementation.

Continue Reading A Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise – June 7, 2017