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Student Innovation Hall - What's New?

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What’s in that big, glass structure in Global Village? MAGIC and much more!

Student Innovation Hall, located within University Services Building, houses the Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship; the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC); and the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI).

Upcoming events held in the Student Innovation Hall include:
• Celebration of Research – scheduled for November 19 from 5:00 – 8:00PM - The Office of the Vice President for Research invites the RIT community to celebrate the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship. Please join RIT President Bill Destler and Vice President for Research Ryne Raffaelle as they recognize recent RIT patent recipients and technology transfer.  The event will also mark the grand reopening of Student Innovation Hall.
• AppRochester Monthly Meetings – AppRochester is a group of mobile app creators, marketers, and enthusiasts in and around Rochester. Their meetings focus on code sharing, app ideas, marketing tips and tricks for mobile apps on iPhone, Android and Windows platforms.
• InventNY.org Monthly Meetings – InventNY.org (helps point inventors toward innovation)

The Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 
The Simone Center, directed by Richard DiMartino, has four coaching rooms for mentors to meet with  individual students or student teams to guide them in advancing their product, service or business ideas.  The Simone Center offers a Student Incubator Program that provides a multitude of resources to assist student innovators and entrepreneurs.  The Innovation Council, chaired by Richard DiMartino, has faculty representatives from all RIT Colleges and meets monthly to create initiatives through the Simone Center to promote multidisciplinary innovation for students.

Recently Held and Upcoming Activities Include:
• RIT/RGHS IdeaLab – November 8-10 - RGHS administrators presented a set of problems they wanted help in solving. Over the weekend, multidisciplinary student teams, with guidance from mentors, worked on solutions. On Sunday, they presented recommendations to the RGHS administrators.
• Tiger Tank – November 13 from 5:00 – 7:30PM – This event, sponsored by the Saunders College of Business, gives students the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a bunch of judges to win cash prizes.
• Student Innovation Challenge Grant Program :
o Fall 2013 –15 student projects were awarded a combined $12,000 to advance their ideas.  Presentations will be held November 20 from 5:00 – 7:30PM.
o Spring 2014 – applications are now being accepted until December 8.

The RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interactions and Creativity (MAGIC)
 
MAGIC stands for the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity. MAGIC, led by Andrew Phelps, is a new kind of university research center.  Part research lab, part commercial studio, the MAGIC Center supports projects large and small through all stages of the creative process.  The MAGIC Lab is outfitted with 25 state-of-the art Aurora 6 Alienware computers and cutting edge software tools. 

As well as the technology, there is a coaching component that will help students get the games and apps they create into the marketplace. As with the Simone Center, coaches can assist students with marketing, legal issues and the business side of games/app creation. In addition to the MAGIC faculty/staff, you will find a wide mix of faculty from many of RIT's colleges and institutes that work together to support the research and development efforts of MAGIC.  Currently, there are faculty affiliates from GCCIS, CIAS, SCB, CLA and CHST.
 
MAGIC events have included:
• Hosting Senator Martin Golden and the New York State Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship on October 22.  The purpose of this gathering was to discuss the opportunities and barriers to establishing a sustained and vibrant culture of support for games and media industries in New York State, at a time in which the legislature gathering information for the development of policy on growing computer and video game development in the state.  Attendees included Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Vicarious as well as local and regional companies, including 2 that were founded by RIT alumni, Darkwind Media and Zephyr Games. 
The MAGIC speaker series launched with Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.  The next speaker will be Greg Lastowka, a Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Camden and a co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law. The title of his talk is Player-Authors: Video Games, User-Generated Content and Copyright. 
• Mobile Mondays - A weekly event from 5:00-6:00PM to showcase mobile technologies.
• Hackathons - Themed events where teams of students work over a 24-hour period to resolve software coding problems or to improve existing coding.
• Election Results Night - an annual event that brings together the Political Science department, faculty of the Journalism department and staff from MAGIC bring together their students, along with students from other disciplines, to participate in discussions, coverage and live blogging of the primary elections.

The Innovative Learning Institute
 
The Innovative Learning Institute, headed by Neil Hair, coordinates the development, adoption, and promotion of effective teaching and learning in higher education at RIT and around the world.
Through its three entities—the Teaching & Learning Studio (TLS), the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies (CMS), and the outward-facing RIT Online—the ILI anticipates, assesses, and responds to trends in higher education by: supporting faculty experimentation across disciplines; exploring flexible learning options; providing exceptional experiences for our students; and leveraging new technologies and pedagogies to strengthen RIT’s presence globally.

• Through the Teaching & Learning Studio, the ILI systematically encourages innovative teaching and learning projects in all RIT Colleges, including technology-enhanced and online course formats. TLS supports faculty in designing courses, applying appropriate academic technologies, developing media, and using classroom technology resources.
• Through the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, the ILI meets the current and future career needs of graduate and undergraduate students, their employers, and the global community by customizing innovative, multidisciplinary degree curricula and academic programs that draw from the breadth of RIT’s offerings. The Center serves college-age, on-campus students as well as adult learners and distance learners, providing one-on-one advisement, online and other flexible delivery options, wide accessibility, and unique approaches to earning and transferring credit.
• Through RIT Online, the ILI advances online learning at RIT, providing students with a robust, engaging, success-oriented experience; a continually expanding array of demand-based online programs; and  exceptional social, academic, and technical support. RIT Online’s system of modular courses, stackable credentials, and accelerated options allows students to efficiently and affordably pursue an RIT master’s or bachelor’s degree, an RIT certificate, or a new competency.