"Discoveries to Impact" is a week of fun to showcase research, innovation, and startups at Texas Tech University. This event is open and free to the students, staff, faculty, and community. As a conference participant you will have opportunities to compete for prize money for the best innovations and startup ideas. As a conference attendee you will have the opportunity to see numerous thought provoking panels and dynamic entrepreneur speakers. There are five featured areas celebrating achievements highlighting innovation throughout the week they include TRUE's 11th Annual TTU Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), CISER's Undergraduate Research Scholar Program Banquet, the National Academy of Inventors Dinner, and the Hub's 3rd Annual "Sparking the Future of Innovation" (Spark) Conference.
If you are new to the conference it is important to know Discoveries to Impact is a community partnership, Texas Tech is an engaged University making an impact on the West Texas region. The Innovation Hub at Research Park is excited to announce a new partnership with the Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TRUE) and the Center for Integration of STEM Education Research (CISER) and our continuing partnership with the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA), Rawls College of Business, and the J.T. & Margaret College of Visual & Performing Arts. The focus of our partnerships is to expose Texas Tech undergraduate students to the entrepreneur mind-set, connect innovators across all disciplines and support the expansion of a knowledge-based economy based upon Texas Tech's research capabilities.
This year, for the first time we worked with LEDA and TRUE to define a Commercialization Track to support students interested in the application of their research. Innovation Hub's industry mentors will judge the posters and the first-place winner of the Commercialization Track will receive a $1,500 1st place prize.
Highlights for the week include keynote luncheon featuring Sherwin Greenblatt. Sherwin Greenblatt is the former CEO of Bose Corporation. He will share how arts and innovation are connected to create big solutions to big problems. A former graduate student of Dr. Amar G. Bose, an MIT scientist who founded the multibillion-dollar company. Mid-week CISER recognizes the programs' s 2019 Undergraduate Research Scholars during their annual awards banquet. The week will conclude with Spark showcasing innovation and startups. On Thursday and Friday participants attend a variety of panels and speakers including a second keynote luncheon featuring Genevieve Theirs, a world-renowned speaker, investor, and entrepreneur. Spark also features the iLaunch Pitch Competition a startup competition to win a $10,000 first-place prize.