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Your Impact

IDEATE       CREATE       INNOVATE

Connect with a community who, like you believes in the importance of creating change. 

Whether you're passionate about health, conservation, or global development,

you'll have the opportunity to learn about problems that matter and develop your own approach to creating impact.

Come and be inspired!

Your Idea in Action

The Innovation Summit is a one day school-wide event where anyone can work towards changing the world. You’ll have the chance to interact one-on-one with industry professionals from Google, non-profits, and investment firms. You’ll work with a group to identify problems that matter and create your own vision for a viable solution.  At the end of the day, you and your team will present your innovative approach to a panel of leader.

Community members with exceptional innovative techniques will receive prizes, including a provisional patent application worth $2,000.

**Lunch, Yerba Mate and T-Shirts will be provided**

 

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

So you want to change the world? What’s stopping you?

You need a team, knowledge of the problem, and an idea for how to solve it.

The Innovation Summit is a one day event hosted by 9 campus organizations who are dedicated to helping you create global change. Come learn about key issues in society, figure out which topics resonate with you, and create something together. We are so privileged to have you in our community. We believe you’ll change the world some day.

 

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You’ll learn research global issues and then vote on the most interesting ideas. Bring your laptops, notebooks, and thinking caps!

Do you know someone who, like you, will add valuable insight to a creative, innovative discussion? Bring them too!

You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate focus groups. Remember, it’s all about interdisciplinary innovation. The more diverse perspectives your team has, the better your experience will be.

You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: There are no bad ideas, so bring everything you’ve got!

 

Innovation Summit is a full day long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • Lunch

  • Benefits and discounts from our local partners

  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors

  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.

  • T-shirts

  • All the internet and coffee you can consume!

If you’re feeling inspired click on the “RSVP” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at innovateucsb@gmail.com

Don’t wait any longer and join the UCSB Innovation Movement!

Event Schedule

Energy

The US consumes 24% of the world's energy. How will we provide for base-load power while decreasing the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere?

Sustainability

The average United States resident creates over 4 pounds of trash per day and up to 56 tons of trash per year. How can we create a more environmentally sustainable economy?

Income Inequality

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Digital Security

Nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft in 2018. How can we restore trust in our online identities? 

Health

Over 400 million people do not have access to essential health services. How can we reduce costs and improve health for people all over the world?

Artificial Intelligence

Data Science

Speakers

Industry Leaders

Robert Greenfield

Robert Greenfield

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Blockchain for Social Impact

Robert is a Technical Director at Consensys, the leading firm within the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency markets. He serves as the organization’s Blockchain for Social Impact CTO, helping the firm consult and develop blockchain projects within Fortune 100 companies and multinational NGOs.

Cole Harris

Director of Portfolio Planning at Sonos / Former Head of Strategy at Harley Davidson

Cole Harris is Director of Portfolio Planning for Sonos, a pioneer and industry leader in smart audio systems. Cole specializes in driving established brands into new product and technology spaces through customer-led methods focused on creating sustainable differentiation.

Previously with Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Cole has held a variety of Engineering and Strategy roles ultimately defining long-term product and technology strategies for the firm’s core motorcycle business. 

Cole is a guest lecturer at MIT on innovating in established organizations and provides broad coaching on product and innovation portfolio management.

Jo Thorogood

Ideation Expert

Jo Thorogood is a Partner at The Sage Network, helping organizations identify new growth opportunities. Passionate about Innovation, Jo helps individuals and teams break down the barriers to creativity and generate compelling new ideas using a toolkit of Ideation techniques.  She has worked with a delightful array of clients, from premier chocolate to French wine, medical devices to audio equipment, high-end perfume to mass-market clothing , Fortune 100 corporations to start-ups. Global in her outlook, Jo has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, Finland and the USA.

Russell Bishop

Empowering Leaders with Purpose

The world is calling for high impact, Purpose Inspired Leaders and Individuals – difference makers committed to creating positive, purpose inspired solutions that contribute to greater balance and wellness for humankind and the planet. Are you motivated by Purpose?  Are you committed to shared vision, co-creation, and true partnership for the good of all - now and for the future?

Prakash Chandran

Startup Consultant

Prakash was the Head of Enterprise UX with Google, where he led the global Design & Research team for Gsuite, led the design on Google Calendar, and co-led design on Picasa and v1 Google Photos. Prakash is a startup consultant with expertise in the areas of User Experiences (UX), Product Development, Messaging, Go-to-market strategy and building an MVP.

Mariah Miller

Mariah’s research interests center on the changing relationships between business and society in the context of globalization.  She seeks to understand the complexities and wider implications of this change with a focus on social justice initiatives from within the business world, including sustainable development programs, responsible investment and social entrepreneurship.

Globalization allows entrepreneurs and businesses around the world to connect and develop new networks, models, structures, and legal forms of business that strive to advance the interests, dignity, and well-being of all stakeholders in a sustainable manner.  It also changes the relationships between different business stakeholders, which, in turn, affects both corporate governance and global governance.

Mariah has won the following scholarship awards: National Merit Scholarship, ESADE Talent Scholarship, and the Lyman Fund Award.  She is currently honored to be a recipient of the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship at UCSB.

Sangwon Suh

Sangwon Suh is professor in industrial ecology and director of the CLiCC Program, an EPA-funded university-industry partnership that is developing a tool for rapid assessment of chemicals' environmental and human health impacts.

 

Professor Suh’s research focuses on the sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them.  Dr. Suh was appointed as a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and served as the Coordinating Lead Author of the Assessment Report 5 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

 

He received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship from the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents, Leontief Memorial Prize and the Richard Stone Prize from the International Input-Output Association (IIOA), the Robert A. Laudise Medal from the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), and Distinguished Teaching Award from the Bren school.

Avery Estelle

Avery is a recent graduate of California State University, Pomona where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Foods and Nutrition, Dietetics Option. She is passionate about the role of food in the healing process, and is currently pursuing her passion through employment at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital as a diet technician. At the hospital, she works devotedly to empower and uplift patients during their most vulnerable moments to make positive nutrition-related choices in the hopes of sincerely improving their overall well-being. Her science-based food philosophy is rooted in empowerment, intuition, and sustainability. It is through this philosophy that she strives to empower others to take charge of their health through realistic life choices and an anti-diet mentality that promotes intuitive eating habits and sustainable goals. 

Elijah was the kid who sold candy between classes in middle school. Being born and raised in New York, some sort of innate drive to hustle has always fueled his ambitions. So instead of applying for academic research jobs toward the end of his PhD he decided to launch a fully plug-and-play biotechnology service in less than 4 months. A self-taught artist and entrepreneur, Elijah has become proficient in a wide range of skills from digital marketing and graphic design to woodworking and electrical engineering. Elijah co-founded Delta Leaf Labs from Startup Weekend and New Venture Competition at UCSB.

Delta leaf Labs uses applications of CRISPR technology for gene editing-- the process that has revolutionized modern molecular biology. Delta Leaf Laboratories is advancing the development of cannabinoid therapeutics through the application of CRISPR technology to dissect the function of phytocannabinoid genes and design modified versions of phytocannabinoid genes that may be used to improve human health

Elijah Spinah

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Emma Mendosa

Emma Mendonsa, a second-year master’s student in Bren, specializing in Water Resources Management and Pollution Prevention and Remediation. She has worked in environmental consulting and for the California Department of Water Resources. In these roles, she has assessed local water quality, designed environmental remediation projects, and studied impacts on aquatic species. Two favorite projects include Brownfields remediation work in Virginia and juvenile salmon habitat mediation in California. 

 

As we look towards developing sustainable cities, decisions pertaining to water and pollution are key to success. Conversations linking topics such as population growth, climate change, and industry development to a city's sustainability are central to evaluating risk and vulnerability.

Mentors

Industry Leaders

Prakash Chandran

Startup Consultant

Prakash was the Head of Enterprise UX with Google, where he led the global Design & Research team for Gsuite, led the design on Google Calendar, and co-led design on Picasa and v1 Google Photos. Prakash is a startup consultant with expertise in the areas of User Experiences (UX), Product Development, Messaging, Go-to-market strategy and building an MVP.

Dipali Murti-Hali

Business Communication Leader

Dipali Murti has 15+ years of business communications and public speaking experience and currently teaches Writing for Business (107B), Journalism and News Writing (107J), and Writing for Global Careers (107G).

 

Her research and teaching interests are intercultural business communication and how social media and Millennials are changing marketing and communication strategies within the business world.

Michael James Hey

Energy Industry Expert

M-J has 20+yrs of international experience solving BP’s most complex petroleum & reservoir engineering challenges, he was a successful fast-track candidate that rose to VP Level by age 40 and has held positions in the UK, TX, AK, Angola & Egypt. During his career M-J was responsible for an R&D division that developed and trialed revolutionary technologies. This, combined with his extensive leadership training and practical experience gives him a unique perspective into the O&G industry and ability to communicate and guide others as they formulate their start-up ideas and navigate their way through college and into their future careers. In his free time, MJ enjoys paragliding and advocates for women in both large corporations and in developing nations.

Mark Goldstein 

Intellectual Property Expert

Mark A. Goldstein is a partner of SoCal IP Law Group LLP.  Mark and SoCal IP are proud supporters of the central coast entrepreneurship community.  Mark’s practice includes patent preparation, trademark acquisition, intellectual property licensing, patent and trademark portfolio creation and management, and strategic IP counseling.  His technical experience includes software, networking software and devices, digital multimedia creation and broadcasting software and devices, data storage systems, and electronic commerce."

Our Sponsors

Generous Partners

Socal IP

Platinum Sponsor

SoCal IP Law Group handles intellectual property matters for high technology and high growth companies. This work involves patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licenses and IP-related business transactions. Although most of our work is with companies in the $10M-$200M range, our clients also include multi-billion dollar multinationals and start-ups. We have chosen to limit our practice to intellectual property law, and therefore have developed considerable expertise and a reputation for excellence in our field.

Consensys

Signature Sponsor

ConsenSys is a venture production studio focused on building and scaling tools, disruptive startups, and enterprise software products powered by decentralized technology, specifically Ethereum. Our mission is to use these solutions to power the emerging economic, social, and political operating systems of the planet.

Our projects address every part of the Ethereum ecosystem, including: crucial infrastructure projects, developer tools, core integration components, services, B2C dapps, enterprise solutions, and many more platforms and applications. We have a robust education arm training developers and educating the ecosystem, a Social Impact group accelerating humanitarian efforts, and a media platform publishing news and thought pieces about the ecosystem.

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Associated Students Senate

Signature Sponsor

The Associated Students (AS) of the University of California, Santa Barbara is a non-profit organization and a department of the UCSB campus, funded by undergraduate student fees. Through elected student positions and appointments we voice student concerns and express student opinion to the UCSB administration, UC system, our community, and state and local governments. We have dozens of boards, committees, and commissions that are organized and funded through AS to enrich student life and give students services and opportunities not offered by the administration. Our mission is to help students uphold the high academic standards and give them leadership, employment, cultural and growth opportunities to serve the campus community.

New Venture Competition

Silver Sponsor

Since its beginning in 1999, the UCSB New Venture Competition (NVC) provides a unique opportunity for UCSB students to learn how to start a business. 
The NVC is an eight-month educational experience, with activities and curriculum spanning the entire academic year.

Blockchain Acceleration Foundation 

In-Kind Sponsor

The Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF) is a non profit that addresses the lack of accredited university classes, career opportunities, and funding for student organizations in blockchain-related areas. Our mission is inspire the next generation of blockchain leaders and users through educational, careers, and research opportunities. We are currently partnered with the blockchain clubs at UCLA, UCSB, USC, UCI, UCSD, and Caltech. 

Our Members

Community Leaders

Eco-Entrepreneurship Program at BREN

Eco-Entrepreneurship students at the Bren School are trained to advance an innovation along the trajectory from science to solution. The Eco-Entrepreneurship Advisory Council (EEAC) guides, supports, and promotes eco-entrepreneurship education at the Bren School, and serves as the primary conduit between the school and the entrepreneurial and investor communities.

American Marketing Association 

AMA is the only marketing focused organization on campus, and marketing is a huge and important point in the timeline of a innovation. AMA aims to provide students with opportunities to learn about and gain hands-on experience with marketing topics.

Blockchain Club at UCSB

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Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity 

The fraternity was founded on the principles of educating its members and the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals in business and to further the individual welfare of members during college and beyond.

Sigma Eta Pi Entrepreneurship Fraternity 

Sigma Eta Pi is a co-ed professional organization with a focus on entrepreneurship. Our mission is to transform individuals into innovators who follow their passions, develop lasting relationships, and create value through innovative pursuits. We educate our brothers and sisters with the most comprehensive knowledge of the startup ecosystem and venture processes while equipping them with concrete skills sourced from the diverse backgrounds of our network.

Professional Fraternity Council 

The purpose of the Professional Fraternity Council is to facilitate collaboration and communication between the various member fraternities who make up the Council. The Professional Fraternity Council at UCSB exists to promote fellowship among professionally minded students from all majors and in various professional fraternities by hosting events aimed to improve professionalism, serve the community, and provide networking opportunities.

TAMID 

TAMID Group’s program is designed to offer experiential business learning. Beginning with an interactive classroom curriculum, the program soon progresses to give members hands-on experience with companies in the heart of the startup nation.

Entrepreneurs Association 

Entrepreneurs Association is a collective organization for anyone interested in pursuing business. EA partners with the top business leaders and companies in the Santa Barbara community to foster connections between the student community and the business world.

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Associated Students

The Associated Students (AS) of the University of California, Santa Barbara is a non-profit organization and a department of the UCSB campus, funded by undergraduate student fees. Through elected student positions and appointments we voice student concerns and express student opinion to the UCSB administration, UC system, our community, and state and local governments. We have dozens of boards, committees, and commissions that are organized and funded through AS to enrich student life and give students services and opportunities not offered by the administration. Our mission is to help students uphold the high academic standards and give them leadership, employment, cultural and growth opportunities to serve the campus community.

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