The Year of Innovation is a year-long celebration of creativity and invention at UW-Madison. Programs, events, competitions, and discussions all over campus will promote historic and current successful innovations while also facilitating new ideas and collaboration.

Innovation in university history: Margaret D’Houbler changed the way we think about dance and movement. Photo from the University Archives.

Innovation U, an afternoon of exhibits and free short talks, serves as the Year’s official kick-off, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday October 9th at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

The Year of Innovation

From the official website.

For more than 160 years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has pushed the boundaries of what is known, and the limits of what is possible. From dairy science to dance to Vitamin D, our relentless pursuit of new knowledge has made us a world leader in research, teaching and service. Join us in a yearlong celebration of the past, present and future of innovation at UW-Madison.

The Year of Innovation focuses on three distinct themes.

The first theme reinvigorates the University’s longstanding commitment to innovation in how we teach, how we research, and how we operate.

The second theme explores campus and community interactions and examples of innovation through social entrepreneurship, engaged scholarship and service learning.

The final theme examines the real-world impact of UW-Madison innovations in the area of technology transfer and knowledge transfer.

“We have created an environment that stimulates the imagination and encourages discovery at UW-Madison,” says Interim Chancellor David Ward. “That culture has sparked innovative approaches that solve technological, medical and social problems. It also leads us to new and creative ways to advance the arts and humanities.”

“My hope is that the Year of Innovation will expand entrepreneurship, discovery and creativity in ways that will engage and benefit the entire campus and the broader community,” says Ward.

The Year of Innovation is co-sponsored by the University of Madison-Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).