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*For waitlist only -- see below*

The sixth annual
IdeaFestival Bowling Green

February 13, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT

The Future Is Now

Van Meter Hall and Downing Student Union

Western Kentucky University

Registration is full for schools and individuals,
but we are now accepting spots on the waitlist.
Those on the waitlist will be notified by February 1 if there is space available,
and no payment is expected unless we have space available.
Click the button above to register for the waitlist. 

Registration fee: $12 per person; includes lunch
Registration will be limited to 750 participants.
Open to schools and individuals.
Each school may bring up to 50 students (contact us if this limit poses a problem).
Each school receives one free chaperone registration per every 10 students
Registration for attending bus drivers is free

New this year: payment will be due by January 31 unless other arrangements have been made. Schools on the waitlist are not expected to pay unless/until they get off the waitlist.

2019 Festival Schedule
8:00-9:00 Check-in/live music
9:00-10:15 Speaker Session 1
10:05-10:20 Break/live music
10:20-11:25 Speaker Session 2
11:25-2:30 Lunch and afternoon activities

See our pages for details about speakers, activities, and more.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green is an annual celebration of ideas and imagination hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU since 2014. Created in cooperation with the original IdeaFestival® in Louisville, our event brings passionate and motivated middle and high school studentsand 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. 

Speakers | Minds-on, Hands-on Activities | Sponsors |  Past Festivals | About | FAQ |  Student Engagement Materials

Creating art at IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018 Virtual reality at IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018
Speaker Session 1 at IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018 Speaker Session 2 at IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2018

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IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2019 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.

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.


Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WKU logo

Making Connections to and for Entrepreneurial Students!




Revisit our last big day

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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Click here for all the details and videos of all speakers


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