After 8 months of planning … after countless pieces detail … RIT pulled it off May 3rd at the inaugural Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.
By all accounts, the festival was a home run. Conservatively, we are estimating we had between 17,000 and 20,000 visitors. We know we hit the target market attendance in terms of our audience because I have never seen so many young children on the RIT campus!! Talk about reaching the next generation of innovators and creators. It was great to see the youngsters interacting with RIT students, faculty and staff.
Meanwhile, we are doing a post-event survey as we already gear up for May 2, 2009.
Please take the survey and win prizes!
One final thought, I would like to share President Bill Destler’s memo that he sent out May 5 to the RIT community:
“Last Saturday’s inaugural Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival was a success beyond my wildest expectations. I was so proud of both the great turnout for the event and of the quality of creative and innovative work displayed by our faculty, staff, and students.
Such an event does not happen without the dedicated work of countless individuals including the planners, the exhibitors and performers, the facilities maintenance people who prepared for the event, our dining services staff, and the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly during the event to make our thousands of guests feel welcome.
Saturday was indeed a great day for RIT. Thanks to all of you for your extraordinary contributions to a truly memorable event. And an extra special thanks to the Imagine RIT Steering Committee for the countless extra hours of meetings and planning for this inaugural event. Their attention to detail and dedication formed the legwork needed to insure that this event would be a success. Next year will be even better!”