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The seventh annual

IdeaFestival Bowling Green
was February 11, 2020

Land and Legacy: Building Ideas That Will Last 


Fill out our survey here for a chance to win 6 free tickets to next year's festival! 

Click here for info about our contest for best group response to IFBG 2020!

Here are some of our contest winners!

3D Pen Printing Top 5 Designs 

(presented in no particular order)

Andrea Huley Jack Rousseau Joyce Dominguez

Andrea Huley
Greenwood High School

Jack Rousseau
Anchorage Independent Schools

Joyce Dominguez

Wayne County Schools

    Lucy Moncayo Noah Ferguson

Luci Moncayo
Winburn Middle School

Noah Ferguson
Winburn Middle School


Winner of Best Pitch at the 

WKU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Pitch Yourself Station

Kaylie Poole of Meade County High School


Media Coverage of IFBG20

Bowling Green Daily News



Click here
for the recording of
the 2020 Speaker Sessions live stream

provided by Vid Monster Productions


Click here for a Flckr photo album of the day


2020 Speakers

For more info, go to our Speakers page or our Speaker packet

Smantha Fore Larah Helyane Gerry Seavo James

Samantha Fore
Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites 

Larah Helayne 
multi-instrumentalist, and activist
Gerry James
The Explore Kentucky Initiative
and the Waterman Series
Timothy Kercheville Kellyn LaCour-Conant Dr. Shelby Rader
farm manager,
International Center of Kentucky
Kellyn LaCour-Conant 
coastal resources scientist, 
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana.
Dr. Shelby Rader 
assistant research scientist in geochemistry,
Indiana University
(graduate of The Gatton Academy and WKU).

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2020 Speaker Packet | 2020 Contests

Now in our seventh year, IdeaFestival Bowling Green is an annual one-day celebration of ideas and imagination designed to inspire the next generation of creators, thinkers, and innovators. Hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU  since 2014 and created in cooperation with the original IdeaFestival® in Louisville, our event brings passionate and motivated middle and high school students and interested community members from throughout the region to the WKU campus for a morning of speaker sessions and an afternoon of minds-on, hands-on activities. The whole day highlights innovation, curiosity, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and creativity across a variety of fields. 
Ideafestival Bowling Green: just imagine the ideas that will transform the future of our region.


IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2020 Sponsors 

Vid Monster

The Vid Monster vision is to redefine the consumer's experience, one city at a time, through effective creative content and promotional solutions, and to capture and share the special moments that happen within our community. We are a video production and photography company that focuses on telling stories in new and innovative ways. From small business and corporate, to weddings and special moments, to music videos and documentaries, we can create it all.

AT&T logo 
At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We deliver advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed internet and smart solutions for people and businesses. That’s why we’re investing to be a global leader in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry.

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.



The Gatton Acadeny
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky is a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Housed on the campus of Western Kentucky University, students take college classes, engage in faculty-led research, and have the ability to study abroad while living in a supportive community of like-minded peers.
In short, students in Kentucky can apply for our program during their sophomore year of high school, and if accepted, they will spend their junior and senior year on WKU’s main campus while remaining enrolled in their sending school. Furthermore, the tuition, meals and housing costs for our students are covered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, so any student in the state is eligible to apply if the program meets their interests and abilities.
Interested in learning more about The Gatton Academy’s application process? Visit us at https://www.wku.edu/academy/admissions/instructions/index.php.


For more on IFBG, watch below! 
Video courtesy of Vid Monster Productions.



Read what participants said about IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2019:

  • It was insanely inspirational.
  • I had a wonderful experience at IdeaFestival. I loved getting to meet people who had the same ideas as me.
  • It's about experiences and opportunities for the students!
  • The awesome advice that the speakers gave inspired me to retry a lot of things that I wouldn't have previously.
  • I will remember the passion the speakers hold for their topics, and the amount of devotion they held for working towards their goals and not giving up on them.
  • I loved the hands-on activities, and I also liked how the students could travel at their leisure between the activities.
  • The event was rich in young presenters.
  • I can’t wait to go again! 


Beyond the Bin Sarah Bellos
Thread House SPINtron

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