A Day of Discovery
Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival
March 22, 2012
by Bob Finnerty
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Imagine a drag race with electric vehicles. Imagine playing with motion-control technology to explore the solar system. Imagine sitting for a 3-D portrait while others line up to catch a glimpse of the workplace of the future.
These are the experiences that will be discovered by visitors to Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The festival, now in its fifth year, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the RIT campus. It is free and open to the public, rain or shine.
“Imagine RIT always has something for everyone,” says RIT President Bill Destler. “The collision of our left-brain assets in science, technology and entrepreneurship with our right-brain proficiency in the creative and design arts provides a dazzling spectacle that highlights the reasons this university is truly unique.”
This year’s festival promises to deliver new discoveries sparked by ingenuity among students, faculty and staff.
“The festival has established itself as both an RIT and Rochester ‘must-experience’ event,” says Imagine RIT Chairman Barry Culhane.
“If you’ve never been to the festival, you will literally get to see and touch the ideas of the future. And if you have been to the festival in the past, you can explore new exhibits, presentations and live demonstrations that will stir your imagination.”
If You Go
What: Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival has become the university’s signature event, a showcase that displays the ingenuity of students, faculty and staff.
When/where: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the RIT campus.
Admission: Free and open to the public, rain or shine.
Parking: Available on RIT’s campus on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is also available at Monroe Community College with a free shuttle service to RIT.
What you’ll see: Nearly 400 interactive presentations, exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, research projects and live performances.
Plan your day: Build an itinerary of your favorite exhibits and live performances. Check out the entire festival program at www.rit.edu/imagine.
By the Numbers
- 107,000 ~ visitors since the festival began in 2008
- 32,000 ~ visitors last year
- 2,700 ~ exhibitors
- 600 ~ volunteers
- 550 ~ DNA necklaces produced for festival-goers with their own molecules
- 400 ~ exhibits, demonstrations and presentations
Photos by Elizabeth Lamark, John Myers, A. Sue Weisler, and Matt Wittmeyer