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About IdeaFestival Bowling Green
Ever since Innovate Kentucky was awarded a $500,000 challenge grant by the James Graham Brown Foundation in 2012 – the first of its kind ever given to a public university – one of the initiative’s top priorities has been establishing an annual speaker series at Western Kentucky University.
Thankfully, a perfect model for a speaker series already exists in Kentucky: IdeaFestival®. Founded in 2000 and held annually in Louisville since 2006, IdeaFestival brings in world-renowned speakers and has attracted thousands of participants. IdeaFestival branched out in 2013 with IF Lexington, which focused on creative disruption. Following that event, Innovate Kentucky was offered the opportunity to host an IF event in Bowling Green.
Within a matter of months, IdeaFestival® Bowling Green (IFBG) was born.
The tagline for IFBG is “All About Ideas.” Now in its fourth year, this one-day event has featured thinkers and innovators from a variety of fields who were eager to share their innovative ventures and creative solutions. With the introduction of new interactive elements in 2016, Innovate Kentucky believes IFBG is well positioned to help accomplish the initiative’s goal: spark innovation – one idea at a time.
Thanks to the members of the IFBG planning committee for their tireless work and dedication to make this event a reality.
2017 IdeaFestival Bowling Green Planning Committee
Dr. Dawn Bolton — WKU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Emily Buttrum — WKU Center for Research and Development
Tyler Clark — World Council for Gifted and Talented Children/The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Troy Coleman — AT&T
Mary Evans — The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Jeff Hook — WKU Center for Research and Development/Kentucky Innovation Network
Dr. Tracy Inman — The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Cheryl Kirby-Stokes — The Gatton Academy
Lynn Minton — Kentucky Innovation Network
Kim Phelps — Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
Sam Oldenburg — The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Josh Raymer — NextHome Realty Experts/Book in a Box
Dr. Julia Roberts — The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Andee Rudloff — independent consultant/artist
Zack Ryle — The Gatton Academy
Erika Solberg — The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Past Committee Members
Dr. Gordon Baylis — WKU Research Foundation
Ron Bunch — Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Craig Cobane — WKU Honors College
Sydnee Dorris — Hitcents
Dr. Julie Ellis — WKU Department of Engineering
Tracy Harkins — World Council for Gifted and Talented Children/The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Joe Tudor — Hitcents
Brian Mefford — CNX Inc.
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