Month: March 2020

Innovate Sustainable ideas with HackUConn 2020!

Location : Werth Tower 1st & Ground Floor

When : March 28th- March 29th

HackUConn is a 24-hour marathon event that brings together students of all specialties in hopes of finding innovative solutions for today’s biggest problems. Students are provided mentoring and workshops from industry professionals and are tasked with bringing their solutions to life. Not a programmer or a coder? No problem! This “hackathon” tasks teams and individuals with providing any solution to the given topic, ranging from applications to material prototypes to strategic plans and more. 


Prizes Include 

  • First Place: $2,500/maximum up to $500 per student 
  • Second Place: $2,000/maximum up to $400 per student
  • Third Place: $1,000/ up to $200 per student


For more information and to register click here

Students Partake in Innovate Wellness Poster Presentation!

Over the past two years, the UConn Wellness Coalition, Student Health and Wellness has brought together UConn students, staff, and faculty from across campus to work towards creating a culture of wellness. The UConn Wellness Coalition has teamed up with OPIM Innovate to host the 2nd Annual Innovate Wellness Challenge: this year’s challenge addresses student stress. 

On Wednesday March 4th, UConn competing students from various academic disciplines took part in the Innovate Wellness poster challenge, in which they showcased their ideas for the Innovate Wellness challenge that were broken up into 3 stages; Empathize, Define, & Ideate. The idea’s proposed varied from sleep rooms, to different lighting apparatus, to rooms designated for stress relief. 

Stresswell, a team trying to bring back a once popular “Wellness Station” said the event allowed them to do some additional market research, and hear about student wants before they finalized an idea. “A lot of the feedback we’ve been getting showed that students want a designated spot for their mental well-being.” 

Students and staff were invited to judge the presentations as well, Ajshae Zulfi, Junior at UConn placed first last year for her idea “Wellness Points”, Ajshae judged some of the teams, and said she likes the idea of decreasing student stress. Ajshae also wants to advise this year’s competitors to “remember who their audience is, and to know that it has the potential to be utilized and impact lives.” 

Our next event is on March 26th, in the Student Union ballroom. All students, staff and faculty are welcome! For more information about the challenge visit:

Students Explore Applications of Machine Learning!

On March 6th, 2020 OPIM Innovate hosted their Applications to Machine Learning Workshop part of their spring workshop series. Students learned the different perspectives around Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Students also learned several direct search methods such as Nelder and Mead, Shor’s r-Algorithm and random search. Students learned how these methods use reinforcement learning strategies in machine learning. 

The workshop was taught by Nadia Udler, a Computer Science and Engineering professor at UConn Stamford. Udler has a background in Computer Science and applied mathematics. Udler was intrigued by Artificial Intelligence because she always thought computers could do more, she says “AI is like a child trying to learn, it’s that simple!” Udler believes the future of AI is up to our imagination, she teaches a Contemporary Issues in Computer Science and Engineering course where students discuss the different types of AI and how this technology will both help and disrupt our society.  

Dharani Rangthale, a Finance major at Uconn, said she enjoyed the workshop because it answered a lot of the questions she had regarding ML and AI. Dharani thought it was interesting learning about derivatives during the workshop because it made her realize how important math was in learning ML. 

23rd Annual Frontiers on April 3-4th 2020!

Frontiers in Undergraduate Research provides an opportunity for UConn’s talented undergraduate researchers to share their work with the university community.

Frontiers poster exhibition allows any undergraduate student to present their research or creative work. Interested presenters must complete a brief application in order to share their work at this event. The Spring 2020 application will remain open through noon on March 9, 2020. The fall and spring Frontiers events are occasions to celebrate the efforts of student researchers and their dedicated mentors.

Frontiers exhibitions are open to the public and we encourage all members of the university community to attend! Come talk with students about the projects they’ve pursued and what they’ve learned through their engagement in research. Several hundred students present their projects at Frontiers exhibitions each year.

                        Session times for Spring 2020 Frontiers:

  • Session 1: Friday, April 3, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: Friday, April 3, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: Saturday, April 4, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Session 4: Saturday, April 4, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Spring 2020 Application 

Students learn Python in an Introduction to Python Workshop!

On Friday February 28th, OPIM Innovate hosted their Introduction to Python workshop, part of OPIM Innovate’s Spring workshop series. The session was open to UConn students, staff, and faculty and covered the basics of python programming. Students were able to learn basic syntax and data structures and write some simple programs. 

Eli Udler, senior English and Computer Science dual degree undergraduate student, who led the workshop said the workshop was meant to serve business students who’ve never seen a computer before. “The idea being you can start from little to no experience and still get the idea of what coding is.” Udler taught students about different data types, data structures, and a few algorithms utilizing collab software along with his partner Thomas Rivet. 

       For more information about OPIM Innovate workshops visit: innovate!

Summer Innovation Opportunity with TIP!

 The TIP Innovation Fellows Program pairs UConn students with on-campus tech startup companies for mentored summer research.  Be part of the fast-paced world of a tech start-up located in Storrs or at UConn Health in Farmington – and help UConn’s startup companies develop new devices, drugs, digital tech and manufacturing advances.  The program is 10 weeks long and includes a $4,000 stipend! Weekly seminars and a program Symposium.

“The TIP Innovation Fellows program offered a rare opportunity for me to explore the boundary between entrepreneurship and technology while providing a space to improve in industry-level skills. I would definitely recommend the program to students who are seeking a unique internship doing cutting edge research in a collaborative environment” –  Patrick Hocking, 2019 TIP Fellow

Apply now

Application Deadline: March 6th, 2018


OPIM Innovate presents Virtual Reality Exploration!

OPIM Innovate  is an innovation initiative in the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department. This initiative gives students, staff, and faculty hands on experience with emerging technologies and analytics. OPIM Innovate is bringing their services to the broader UConn community starting March 4th in the Student Union! All students are welcome to stop by and explore VR. 


VR Stations:

  1. Virtual Wellness Data – Student will be able to visualize data dashboards for the Innovate Wellness Challenge
  2. Research Study – Students can participate in a research study conducted by UConn Business Faculty who will be analyzing language when immersed in VR 
  3. 3 Levels of Mixed Reality – Google cardboards, Oculus Go, HTC Vive 


Event Logistics: 

Location: Student Union 106A

Dates & Times:

  • March 11th from 11AM – 1 PM
  • March 25th from 11AM – 1 PM
  • March 31st from 3:30 – 5 PM
  • April 8th from 11AM – 1 PM
  • April 14th from 3:30 – 5 PM
  • April 22nd from 11AM – 1 PM
  • April 28th from 3:30 – 5 PM