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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.




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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Van Meter Hall
Downing Student Union

Western Kentucky University

2018 Registration Information

Registration will open in December on this webpage. Click Request Information above to be placed on our email list and receive notification when registration opens. 

Registration will be limited to 750 participants.

Each school may bring up to 50 students.

Tickets: $12; includes lunch.

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


Tentative schedule of events

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

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


See Speaker page to see who will be at the 2018 festival! 



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.

The $10 admission fee included lunch and access to all events. The day began at 9:00 a.m. and ended at 2:30 p.m. (CST).


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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