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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: innovatelabs.uconn.edu/wellness-challenge.

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 labs.uconn.edu!

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

 

New England College Case Competition!

Location : Bentley University, Waltham MA

When : March 27th 

The Institute of Business Planning and Forecasting (IBF) New England Chapter is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual IBF College Case Competition scheduled for Friday, March 27th.  The case is being written by Jesper Maaloee, Head of Demand Planning for Home Market Foods, and will focus on forecasting and sales and operations planning. There is no cost to the schools or team members other than their travel expenses.

The event is being hosted by Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students.  All participating students will receive a free 1-year student membership to IBF including access to the Journal of Business Forecasting.  The winning team members will receive free registration to the IBF Boot Camp on August 12th through 14th in Boston, as well as other prizes donated by our sponsors for the event.

Team Make-up

  • Must be undergraduate students
  • Limit of 5 students per team
  • Each school may have more than 1 team, but we will be able to accommodate a maximum of 7 teams.  
  • As you assemble your teams, please send the team members’ names and email addresses no later than Friday, February 28th to Teresa McCarthy (tmccart4@bryant.edu).

All team members must be present for the competition on Friday, March 27th.  

The Case

  • The topic will be forecasting and S&OP.
  • The case will address people, process, and technology, and will have a quantitative component.
  • The case will be approximately 3-4 pages plus data.
  • Students will receive access to the case during breakfast on the day of the competition.
  • Students may bring research materials for reference during analysis, and they will be provided with internet access (provided they bring their own laptops)
  • Students are not allowed to contact anyone during the case analysis other than authorized IBF members.
  • Final presentations will be judged by a panel of 3 to 5 IBF New England chapter members who are industry experts in Forecasting and S&OP.
  • Faculty and other IBF members are invited to attend the students’ presentations. 

 

Open Student Marketing Assistant Position at Greenhouse Studios!

Greenhouse Studios is an initiative that solves the problems and explores the opportunities of scholarship in the “digital age.” Greenhouse Studios reframes the practices, pathways and products of scholarly communications through design-based, inquiry-driven, collaboration-first approaches to the creation and expression of knowledge.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage the social media accounts for both Greenhouse Studios (a highly collaborative research unit with a design studio type of feel) and Sourcery (a document delivery app produced by Greenhouse Studios)
  • Help with outreach and maintain brand identity. 
  • Help to further develop the Greenhouse Studios voice, improving GS channels, and assist with some content creation for our channels (images, graphics, video, etc.).
  • Be able to work 8-10 hours per week (flexible scheduling) 

 

This position would begin as soon as possible, and would continue through the end of the Spring semester; there is a possibility of continuation in future semesters.

Innovate Wellness Challenge Kickoff!

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. Both departments value student voice and are passionate about creating experiential learning opportunities that allows students to voice their opinions while using their creativity to design solutions.

 The Innovate Wellness Challenge Kick-off took place in the Business Lounge on February 18th and was filled with various teams from diverse backgrounds. Tara Watrous,  Project Coordinator for both UConn’s School of Business and Student Health and Wellness, started off the kick-off by sharing the Challenge prompt and data. According to the 2019 National College Health Assessment, stress is the greatest academic impediment for students. This also outlined student responses on the impact of stress on their academic performance, stress reduction resources students have received from their universities/if any, and their experience with stress etc. 

Keinna Beeson, a senior at UConn who heard about the challenge through daily digest, talked about how she was drawn to the challenge because of her passion for self care. Keinna expressed that self-care is key to being successful in life and wants to empower others to form healthy habits. Beeson stated “Students are more likely to thrive when they receive more self care help, especially within institutions.”

UConn staff and faculty attended the kick-off as well. Colleen Attikson, a Health Educator with Student Health and Wellness, who supported the challenge last year, working closely with Team Pawsitivity talked about the importance of having student input. Attikson expressed her excitement for seeing the variety of ideas, and interacting with the students. Tara Watrous, Project Coordinator, explained “Students have the best vantage point to grapple with these problems. We are all eager and excited to see what the students come up with.” 

 

Our next event is March 4th, 2-5PM, in the North Reading Room, Wilbur Cross. The student teams will be sharing their ideas through poster presentations. All students, staff and faculty are welcome! For more information about the challenge visit the Innovate Wellness Challenge page.