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Inaugural Dartmouth Innovation and Technology Festival set for May 12–14

Apr 18, 2022   |   Dartmouth Call to Lead

The event will bring together alumni, global tech experts, public policy leaders, faculty, and students for new building grand openings, community celebrations, and provocative discussions on innovation, collaboration, and the art of the possible.

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The entire Dartmouth community, Upper Valley neighbors, and anyone interested in technological breakthroughs that might shape the future are invited to a special grand opening weekend in the new West End District of campus Thursday through Saturday, May 12–14, to celebrate a new era of innovation and technology, fueled by the power of the liberal arts.

The reimagined West End District that includes the new Engineering and Computer Science Center (ECSC), Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship, and Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society as well as Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business, will foster new partnerships across science, technology, energy, business, and the liberal arts to create solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

The weekend will feature panel discussions on topics ranging from how cryptocurrencies affect the global economy to how space ice may help us understand the Earth's climate, the future of transportation, innovations in women's health, and more.

Featured Dartmouth alumni speakers at the Innovation & Technology Festival include:

  • Kristen Morrow Johnson '92 Th'94, Strategy Manager, Ford Pro Charger, Ford Motor Company
  • Daniel Reicher, '78, former US Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • David Girouard '88 Th'89, founder of AI lending platform Upstart
  • Ann McLane Kuster '78, US Representative from New Hampshire
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Other highlights include: the dedication of the new ECSC; a Friday night street festival with a community light show; open houses and interactive programs showcasing collaborations among students and faculty across disciplines; a start-up competition hosted by the Magnuson Center; Formula Hybrid+Electric vehicle displays; a Saturday food truck festival; and more. All festival programs are free and open to the public.

Attendees are invited to tour the recently completed ECSC and Irving Institute. These iconic buildings anchor the reimagined West End District as a dynamic crossroads of interdisciplinary learning that eschews academic silos in favor of holistic collaboration, answering the question "Why?" with "Why Not?"

Click below for a complete schedule of events and other important information. You can also email questions to innovation.fest@dartmouth.edu.

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