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IdeaFestival Bowling Green

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1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
Phone: 270-745-6323
Fax: 270-745-6279

College Board Advanced Placement Program Innovate Kentucky: Create a Spark Little Learners, Big Ideas

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (housed at The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU)

World Council for Gifted & Talented Children (housed at The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU)

National Association for Gifted Children

The Association for the Gifted

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky (located at WKU)

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IdeaFestival Bowling Green

Just imagine.

Registration is now closed to school groups.

 Registration has reached capacity and is now closed to school groups.

If you are an INDIVIDUAL interested in attending,
you may still register  
contacting Erika Solberg 
at or (270) 745-3015.

Please note: you MUST register in order to attend, and you are not officially registered until you receive a confirmation email.


IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018: What's Your Big Idea? 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Van Meter Hall and Downing Student Union

Western Kentucky University

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#ifbg18      #whatsthebigidea


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2018 Registration Information

Registration is limited to 750 participants.

Middle and high school groups and interested individuals welcome!

Each school may bring up to 50 students.

Tickets: $12; includes lunch.

Each school receives one free chaperone ticket per every 10 students.


Sponsored by 

Vid Monster logo       

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.


   BG Area Chamber of Commerce logo

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. 

AT&T logo      The Gatton Academy

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.


 WKU Small Business Acclerator logo        Kentucky Innovation Network logo   

The WKU Small Business Accelerator and Central Region of the Kentucky Innovation Network partner together to offer programs and services to WKU students, entrepreneurs, start-up and early stage companies in 21 counties across KY. With the goal of fostering and supporting a growth-focused entrepreneurial community, the programs are designed to create optimal conditions for entrepreneurs and business owners to establish and grow their businesses and ultimately be successful in a highly competitive economy. Accelerator and Innovation Network staff look for the needs of individuals and leverage strategic partnerships to help them move in the right direction. Support provided includes business development consulting, connections to local, state & federal funding options, access to rapid prototyping, mentoring, connections to critical resources, training, networking, shared office space and more. For more information, call 270-901-3490 or visit our sites:

    Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation logo

Making Connections to and for Entrepreneurial Students!
Stryker Logistics .         A Frame
Mahurin Honors College at WKU

Schedule of events

 Check-in 8:00-9:00 CST      
Speaker sessions 9:00-12:00 CST     
Lunch and minds-on, hands-on activities 12:00-2:30 CST     

Contact Erika Solberg at or (270) 745-3015 with questions or concerns.


Just imagine.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green is an annual celebration of ideas sponsored by The Center for Gifted Studies.

More specifically, it’s a one-day event held on WKU’s campus that features creative thinkers and ambitious innovators sharing their big ideas from the main stage. After morning speaker sessions, participants can dive in to hands-on activities designed to put new ideas into practice. Talks and activities cover a broad swath of topics: entrepreneurship, art, sustainability, community outreach, the maker movement, the STEM disciplines, and much more. Inspired by the original IdeaFestival® now held in Louisville, IdeaFestival Bowling Green brings together thinkers and doers from throughout the region to encourage curiosity, creativity, and connections.

Click on the Request Information link to get on our mailing list.

Have questions or interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact or call (270) 745-3015.

Registration for the next festival, on February 15, 2018, will be begin in December.  


Looking back at
IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2017: Make nice with your ideas.

The theme for 2017’s IdeaFestival Bowling Green was, “Make nice with your ideas.” From innovators whose use of technology drives their nice creations to social entrepreneurs whose fresh ideas make the world nicer for everyone, this year’s speakers inspired participants to make their own “nice” — and with over two hours to explore a dozen hands-on activities, festival-goers were able to get started making and doing right away.


Videos from IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2017!

Max Moore: Make Nice with Your "Bad" Ideas


Luiggi Carlin: Video Games, Startups, and the Never-Ending Climb


Megan Tan: A Time without Gatekeepers 


Hannah Drake: Equity in Creativity


Alex Kimura: Who Is the Adult in Charge?


Kenan Mujkanovic: The Tale of a Visionary: The Journey of One in a Million 


IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2017 Mural

Mural facilitation: Andee Rudloff; Still images and editing: Halle Rudloff 

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