ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival

Georgia Tech is participating in the first annual ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Presented by Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the festival is a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD). Visitors to the festival will interact with innovators and experience new interdisciplinary technologies developed to address global challenges. The event is free and open to the public.‚Äč

The ACCelerate Festival will be an opportunity for all ACC schools to showcase their work to the public, each other, students, alumni, companies, legislators, and invited guests from the nation’s capital.  The campus community can see the Georgia Tech projects this fall before they head to Washington. The GVU Center Brown Bag Seminar Series will feature each project at 11:30 am at the start of the following Brown Bag events:

September 14: Electrocet
September 21: LuminAI
September 28: Creative Collisions
October 5: RIB CAGE

Funding for Georgia Tech's participation in the Accelerate Festival is generously provided by the Georgia Tech Division of Student Life and the Office of the Arts, the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, the Georgia Tech Parents Fund, Steve Chaddick, and Marion and Gail Glover.

Festival Format

The festival will take over the west wing of the National Museum of American History, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th Streets, NW.

There will be 48 interactive installations from across the 15 ACC schools grouped in six thematic areas:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Arts and Technology
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Biomimetics
  • Health and Body
  • Making and Advanced Manufacturing

In addition, visitors will experience 15 dramatic and musical performances and nine conversations featuring ACC and Smithsonian students, scholars, and staff exploring key questions about creativity and innovation.

Dates and Times

The festival will be open to the public during these times:

  • Friday, October 13           10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14      10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 15         10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.