The Innovation Center hosted a gathering of students and companies to discuss summer opportunities working on innovative projects. The topics included quantifying energy savings from geothermal power, the use of social media to encourage people to go green, and VOIP and videoconferencing technology.
Excellus pitched an idea for boosting data center profitability and reducing environmental impact. The company is looking for teams to help research methods of decreasing the energy consumption, saving the company money..
A majority of energy consumed in a data center is used by air conditioning units to keep the servers cool, and increase hardware lifespan. Many green data center ides focus on reducing the amount of cooling, usually taking advantage of natural features of the region.
5linx looked for teams to attempt to find other consumer applications for their video phone devices other than video chat. Van Hee Energy also looked for other ways to leverage their base technology-geothermal energy-to help grow their business. By leveraging social media to help customers and investors show how they've used geothermal technology to reduce their impact on the environment and save themselves money as well, real-time, and visually.
The Storytelling team interviewed John Schull after RIT 4.8 for a few insights on the happenings from the event:
Sustainability Mobility Fair
"Future Transportation Choices for Short Trips"
Admission is free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 10:AM - 2 PM
Where: The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) at RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr Rochester, NY 14623-5698
At the May 8th Sustainability Mobility Fair you can view over 20 full-size alternative vehicles in a casual setting. Inside the CSI building, we will have many tables on alternative fuel information, bicycle boulevards, Walking School Buses, and much more.
More information at
RIT Center for Student Innovation
Center for Environmental Information
Rochester Institute of Technology brought out its best again this year for The Annual ImagineRIT Festival, where everything from green vehicles to bluetooth-enabled door locks were on display for alumni, prospective students, and visitors. A total of 32,000 attendeesflocked to RIT's campus, and thousands visited the Center for Student Innovation to see the plethora of projects that can call our big glass house "home".
The Innovation Center had dozens exhibits, including a Word Sensorium, which matched music and visuals to poetry. The Innovation Center also was host to a large Van De Graaff generator, made by the House of General Science.
The Open Video Chat team displayed their software live on XO's, generating interest from attendees of all ages.
Other highlights included the RIT Make Club, who holds their regular meetings every week in the Center, and were doing a live fibers and weaving demo. The Mousetrap team, a group of New Media Capstone students showed off a multitouch table of their own design after 2 quarters of development here in the Center. Many of our exhibits were related to green and sustainable development, like wind power protoytpes and designs, as well as other methods of environmentally friendly energy generation, and vertical gardening. A full list of the exhibits located in the Center for Student Innovation can be found here.
Imagine RIT was a campus-wide display of the ingenuity of our students and their passion for finding and taking the next steps in their fields of work, and areas of study.
Do you have an ImagineRIT story that needs to be told? Drop us a line in the comments, or send us an email at openinnovationrit(at)gmail(dot)com!
Ian Mikutel's and Dan Lampie's final projects in our Innovation and Invention course had a distinctly green tinge. Now we have a great example of student innovation leading to real ecological and economic savings on campus. This is what we're all about!
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="495" caption="Ian Mikutel (right) and Daniel Lampie were tired of seeing idle computers wasting energy, so they did something about it. Their proposal could reduce computer energy consumption on campus by 66 percent."][/caption]
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Late last night (or early this morning) the OVC and Storytelling teams arrived in Boston, ready for a weekend of BarCamp Boston 5 and the GNOME Python Hackfest 2010, the latter hosted at OLPC headquarters.
The team hit a major breakthrough in the project, with the frame rate consistently hitting 14-16 frames per second, fast enough for reasonable ASL communication, the primary goal of this project.
Still on the to-do list:
- View two-way video (be able to see yourself sign)
- Further boost performance
- Change to a nicer method of sending stream over network
- Adding sound
Already the GNOME Python Hackfest 2010 has already had a major breakthrough, meeting the most important OVC project goal: 15 frames per second on XO hardware, and will be producing more as the day goes on.
Recently, Richard Stallman gave a talk in the Innovation Center about the value of Free Software (Free as in Freedom, not just price). Stallman is best known as the creator of The GNU Operating System and the Emacs text editor. The popular GNU General Public License, is one of Stallman's most beloved innovations, and it is now in its third iteration. This license is used by software projects worldwide to ensure that all copies of all versions of the program be distributed -- when they are distributed -- as free software under the same license.
Oftentimes under this kind of license, changes to source code are shared with the original authors -- as well as the development community in general -- promoting innovation, collaboration, and accountability.
Rather than tell you what Stallman said, we'd rather you hear it for yourself (Particularly, The Blessing of St. Ignusius of the Church of Emacs.)
The full audio of Stallman's talk is available here in ogg format.
Thank you to the Interactive Games and Media Department, for bringing such an active and contemporary element of the Free Software Movement to RIT, and the Storytellers Team for their coverage of the event.