Facebook Pixel IdeaFestival Bowling Green | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

IdeaFestival Bowing Green logo

Mark your calendars:
The next IdeaFestival Bowling Green will be
February 17, 2022!

Please add me to the IFBG mailing list


IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2021

was online on February 16

Re-start, Re-think, Re-imagine.



Watch the whole 2021 livestream here!


Speakers | Minds-on, Hands-on Activities | Sponsors |  Past Festivals | About | FAQ 
Pandemic Online Learning Materials


Artwork and geodes made by 2021 IFBG participants
(send yours to erika.solberg@wku.edu!)


Rubbings Rubbings Rubbings
Mural Rubbings Rubbings
Icon Geode icon
icon Icon Icon


Resources to Explore from IFBG 2021

2021 Speakers

Deveney Redwine


Matt Gosnell

Outreach Coordinator, AppHarvest


Matt Gosnell grew up in Kentucky and has led business and land development efforts in five countries. Prior to joining AppHarvest, Matt worked in municipal finance in Chicago, management training and conflict resolution in South America, and most recently as project developer for a U.S. Department of Defense office responsible for reducing costs through renewable energy programs. Matt received a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in international affairs from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Learn more about App Harvest and AgTech: 

Inside App Harvest

President David Lee on Company's Growth

Technology: The Future of Agriculture

Ag Tech: A Great Investment for the Future

AgTech Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth

Frankie Lewis


Frankie Lewis

Designer, Frankie Lew Organization


Frankie Lewis was born and raised in Louisville. In 2014, after receiving her BS in theater arts from the University of Louisville, she started her first fashion label, Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Company. Her work was featured in EXTOL Magazine, Louisville Magazine, and KMAC COUTURE – Art Walks the Runway, and was mentioned in British and Italian Vogue. In 2018, Frankie was selected to compete with 15 other designers on season 17 of Project Runway. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, as a freelance tailor for Michael Schmidt’s Studios and as owner of the Frankie Lew fashion house.

Learn more about Frankie Lewis: 

An Interview with Frankie Lewis

Inclusivity in Fashion

Meet the Louisville fashion designer starring on Bravo's 'Project Runway'


Janessa Unseld


Janessa Unseld

Finalist, Breakthrough Junior Challenge


Janessa Unseld is a senior and community developer at The Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Her love for exploring diverse perspectives has led her to many an extracurricular, including sitting on her school's literary magazine editorial board, engaging in her local philosophy club, and cofounding Project Unite, a group focused on promoting cultural awareness. She feels that anything worth articulating is worth articulating well, and thus always works to develop her communication skills. A three-minute video she created exemplifies this attitude: it details the practical limitations of quantum computers and is now a finalist in the 2020 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

Learn more about Janessa Unseld and careers: 

Watch her Breakthrough Junior Challenge video

Watch her winning Poetry Outloud performance 

Take an Interest Profiler to discover possible fields for you


2021 Virtual Minds-on, Hands-on Activities


Art with Brianna Harlan

to contact Brianna, use her contact form at BriannaHarlan.com or through Instagram @_briannaharlan 

More on rubbings/frottage

High Musueum of Art

Hammer Museum

Brianna's talk at IFBG 2019



Computer Science/Coding 

with The Kentucky Science Center



with Andee Rudloff and Natalie Tyree

Time-lapse video of Andee drawing the mural insoired by your designs


PDF of the mural for you to color



 with Dr. Shelby Rader

to contact Shelby, email her at shelby.rader@gmail.com or shtrader@iu.edu

More on geodes



Shelby's talk at IFBG 2018


Now in our eighth 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.

Speakers | Minds-on, Hands-on Activities | Sponsors |  
Past Festivals | About | FAQ 
Pandemic Online Learning Materials


IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2021 Sponsors 

Major Sponsor

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.

Contributing Sponsors


 Vid Monster logoVid Monster Productions is a full-service creative content production company, specializing in video, graphic design, livestream, photo, and audio. With a core team of nine and over a dozen production specialists, Vid Monster consistently delivers in or under budget, and on or before the deadline for clients. Because of their 50+ combined years of experience, the team is passionate about and obsessed with creating each project creatively and uniquely.


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.



What is IdeaFestival Bowling Green? Watch below! 
Video courtesy of Vid Monster Productions.



Read what participants said about IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2020:

  • It was one of the best field trips I've ever had!
  • The topics were intriguing and got me thinking about what should happen in the future.
  • We loved that there were so many ideas represented from so many different disciplines.
  • The speakers were all very excited to be speaking with us which led me to feel like we were an important audience.
  • I really enjoyed painting the huge mural. I felt in the moment and focused on looking at the product afterward, and seeing it come together felt nice, especially knowing it couldn’t happen without all the different people coming together.
  • It was super fun. I want to go next time too! 
Animal Anatomy Gerry Seavo James
Tim Kercheville Happy Gas Improv Troupe



The seventh annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green was February 11, 2020

Land and Legacy: Building Ideas That Will Last  

IFBG 2020 Highlight Video

Video courtesy of Vid Monster Productions.



 Twitter  Facebook Instagram  YouTube   


Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 5/26/21