IDEA Hub News + Events

Friday, 2-4pm, February 16, 2018

Learn how to output vector and 3D objects on different media using the Art Department 3D Fabrication space known as the HiVE.

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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. 

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.

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Materializing Interactive Research (MIR) to host a workshop February 24 & 25.

MIR is a computing lab for artists and designers, that 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.

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IDEA Hub project “BEES OF THE CENTRAL COAST” given the Webster Fellow Award

Congratulations to the IDEA Hub project  "Bees of the Central Coast" for being recipients of the Webster Fellowship Award. This project seeks to translate real world research at UCSC into a non-academic publication that highlights the amazing diversity, beauty, and ecology of these wild bee species.  This illustrated handbook to the bees of central coast will highlight both common and rare species through illustration and poetry compiled from the work of undergraduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz.



VizLab Open House

The Digital Scholarship Commons is hosting an Open House in the VizLab, January 24 from 1 - 3pm.
If you’ve never tried VR before, this is your chance. Explore the new DSC VizLab and experience Virtual Reality. They invite you to test the HTC VIVE headset, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Cardboard Headset. DSC Staff will be available to answer questions and introduce you to available resources and hardware. The event is designed for IDEA Hub fellows, but open to anyone.
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Cosponsored by the IDEA Hub, Institute for Humanities Research and the Digital Scholarship Commons.


Congratulations to UCSC IDEA Hub finalists for the BIG IDEAS contest!!!

Congratulations to The MidGray Collective, Seeking Symbiosis, and Parul Wadhwa as  finalists in the 2017-2018 Big Ideas Contest in the Connected Communities category!

Big Ideas is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation. The Big Ideas Contest, which now spans across 11 universities, received over 300 applications and the top 20% will participate in the final round.



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IDEA Hub has Funds for the 2017–18 Academic Year.

A new group of IDEA Hub Projects, strongly committed to Social and Creative Entrepreneurship, have been a ccepted CIED’s IDEA Hub for the 2017–18 academic year. Check out current student enterprises under development at IDEA Hub Student Enterprises. These enterprises and potentially more applicants for IDEA Hub funding will compete in the second annual Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise on June 6 at Hotel Paradox, prior to tabling at the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup.




UCSC Professor Sue Carter testifies to the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Research and Technology

Dr. Sue Carter, Director of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) that oversees the IDEA Hub, testified to the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Research and Technology on December 6. You can watch the full hearing (lab market review of the NSF Innovation program) on the subcommittee site for the hearing.



 IDEA Hub workshop at the Imagining America (IA) Conference at UC Davis

Faculty and students participating in IDEA Hub will be workshopping the challenges of  social and creative entrepreneurship on colleges campuses at the 17th Annual National Conference on October 13, 2017 at UC Davis. The IDEA Hub workshop will focus on developing best practices for diversity, inclusion, networking, social equity, assessment, and public engagement. For more information about this workshop and the conference please visit the Imagining America Conference website.


 IDEA Hub Open House, October 11, 2017

Students interested in becoming involved with IDEA Hub, please come to our Fall Open House on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 to learn more about projects, programs and opportunities.

Students apply in project teams for an opportunity to participate in this year-long program. The IDEA Hub Teams gain access to all four incubation facilities, a series of seminars and workshops, mentorship opportunities, and project seed funding.

To get more information on the Hub Team and become a team member, visit us at the IDEA Hub Fall Open House on October 11, 2017, at the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC).


IDEA Hub winners of Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise

Santa Cruz Tech Beat published an article about the IDEA Hub winners of Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise

By Sonya Newlyn
UC Santa Cruz, June 8, 2017

The UC Santa Cruz IDEA Hub’s Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise competition featured thirteen teams with widely varying ideas from low- to high-tech to benefit society. The judges had a very difficult time selecting the first, second, and third place winners, so awarded two honorable mentions in addition.

The judges were:

  • Pete Cartwright, founder and former CEO of Calpine
  • Brian Johnston, CEO of Somagenics
  • Roger McConville, VP of Global Support Sales at BMC Software
  • Yvonne Rodriguez, Ph.D., M.B.A., former deputy director of SACNAS, Public Policy Fellow in Association for Women in Science, and Government Relations & Public Policy Associate in Society of Women Engineers

The winners are:

  • 1st place, $3000: WaterBug, a water-distribution-system monitor that provides real-time data to save water and energy. (Grant Ly, Alec Reid, Wyatt Smith, Tin Thurein)
  • 2nd place, $2000: Code Naturally, researching new approaches to excite 3rd through 9th graders about math and computer science. (Sukh Singh, CEO; Gabe de la Mora, Keller Jordan, Emily O’neal, Kathy Petersen, Kristian Talley, Alfred Young)
  • 3rd place, $2000: OVAC, a drone that autonomously collects water body floor sediment and reports data to marine researchers and industry professionals. (Garrett Ding, Josh Gutterman, Aaron Ramirez, Garrett Stoll)
  • Honorable Mention, $500: Santa Cruz WaveWorks, underwater sensors report surf conditions in real time. (John Tauriac)
  • Honorable Mention, $500: SlugSense, a wireless monitoring and data analysis system for environmental conservation (Scott Davis, Clayton Keleher, Matthew Kim, Yu-An Lin, Raul Lopez-Luna, Robert Lyons, Babandeep Singh, Tyler Tagawa)

The 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place teams went on to pitch their ideas at the ensuing Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup on June 7.

The other competitors were:

  • BusStop, a mobile app that guides visually impaired travelers to and through public transit.
  • GoBike, a mobile electric bicycle sales and rental and maintenance service.
  • MicroPod, a modular tiny and energy-efficient mobile home
  • pTera, an aerial drone with infrared sensors that scans and reports terrestrial conditions
  • SlugRide, a mobile app for carpooling to campus
  • Smart Parking Over There (SPOT), a guidance system for parking easily and autonomously
  • Urbavore, automated aeroponic and vertical food production technology
  • WaterLab, scalable water treatment system for developing communities

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) and the faculty and staff founders of IDEA Hub congratulate all participants for an excellent job and congratulate the winners and honorable mentions for exceptional presentations!

Santa Cruz Tech Beat published an article about the winners of Pitch for Social and Creative Enterprise, and you can also read about the winners here.