Want to get more involved with entrepreneurship and innovation? Below is a list of workshops, talks, challenges, conferences, and more hosted both by Mines as well as by our partners and organizations around the world.

Have an event you’d like featured? Please email your event’s name, date, and a brief description to Lexie Mitchell.


April 26, 2018

CECS Capstone Design Showcase: 9-11am in Lockridge Arena

Formerly known as Trade Fair, the CECS Capstone Design Showcase highlights undergraduate engineering education in the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences. This semi-annual event offers students an opportunity to present the real-world, client-driven project work that they have completed over the course of their senior year. More Information Here

HackMines Innovation Challenge Final Pitch Competition & Innovation & Design Awards Ceremony: 3-5pm in Lockridge Arena

The Final Pitch Competition for the HackMines Newmont Innovation Challenge is your chance to see the innovations the finalist teams have been working on over the past few months. In this hour long event, you’ll hear student pitches and see their prototypes as the teams compete to earn funding from the $50,000 Newmont Innovation Fund. Following the pitch competition will be a short awards ceremony where the winning teams will be announced, along with the winners of the 2018 Senior Design Trade Fair and the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award. More Information Here

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumni Interest Group Reception: 5-6pm in Lockridge Arena

Alumni and friends of Mines are welcome to join us for a reception after the Innovation & Design Awards Ceremony to network and celebrate all of the wonderful entrepreneurship and innovation related events happening at Mines. Attend the whole afternoon or just the E&I Alumni Interest Group Reception, as your schedule allows. We hope to see you there!   More Information Here

May 2, 2018

Intro to Design (EPIC151) Final Competition: 5-7pm in the Student Ballrooms B&C

Join the Cornerstone Design Team for our end-of-semester competition where the final 24 teams from Intro to Design (EPIC 151) will exhibit their solution for updating aging infrastructure. Cornerstone Design hosts a final competition each semester where the winning teams from each class section present their projects. This semester teams will be awarded in the categories of “Best Design Process” and “Most Potentially Viable.”

This event is open to the public, so please come enjoy the event. Snacks and beverages will be provided. More Information Here

May 1-3, 2018

The Wright Summit & Awards: Golden, CO

The Wright is more than an industry showcase for innovation and outdoor lifestyle companies, states Chuck Sullivan, co-founder of Something Independent, the visionary team who handcrafts and produces The Wright. “The Wright is recognizing that unique breed of leader,” he says. “The kind to bet on instinct over conventional wisdom. They’re just out to do good work. Their work. They can be a little tough to corral, but for three days in May, we’ll gather and celebrate their companies and their communities.” More Information Here


May 14-18, 2018

Boulder Startup Week: Boulder, CO

Boulder Startup Week is heading into our 9th year! Can you believe it?! As the original Startup Week we set the tone for how startup communities come together to build the next great things. We have 200 events that are free and open to the amazing community. More Information Here


June 18-20, 2018

Sketch Model Summer Workshop at Olin College: Boston, MA

The Sketch Model summer course provides a three-day immersive experience in integrated course design, program design, or other curricular structures for college faculty who wish to creatively explore the interplay of arts, humanities, and technology for transdisciplinary learning. Through a series of hands-on workshops and studio sessions, we will envision and prototype new experiences that promote college students’ critical, curious, and joyful exploration of arts, humanities, and STEM domains. There are lots of possibilities: new courses to workshop, yes, but also larger institutional structures that you might spend time dreaming about in the presence of others. Are you working on a new minor program? Or a summer intensive? Or a module to train other faculty? Bring your most challenging and creative ideas! More Information Here


June 12-14, 2018 (Apply by April 16) & July 16-19, 2018 (Apply by May 14)

Teaching and Learning Studio (TLS) at Stanford University: Palo Alto, CA

This in-person training is hosted at Stanford University’s In this workshop, you will learn (by doing) creative practices for designing and facilitating learning experiences, team teaching, debriefing, and using physical space as a teaching tool. Led by faculty and program leaders of the University Innovation Fellows (UIF), this workshop will be open to 30 higher education faculty. You will be able to immediately apply these learnings to your teaching practice. More Information Here


October 2018 (Apply by April 23)

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U): University of Chicago

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students create their own Commitments to Actionthat address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Since 2008, students have made more than 6,250 commitments, and nearly $3 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through CGI U. More Information Here

Applications Accepted Until June 29, 2018

The Adaptive Power Challenge

The cable industry is at a turning point when it comes to network energy consumption. The industry has a huge opportunity to embrace adaptive power and create a more efficient way for broadband providers to use energy. This is an innovation challenge with a difference. More than just an ideas contest, we’re empowering the brightest minds to unlock their imagination, harness the power of technology and create real change by solving one of the cable industry’s biggest energy challenges. More Information Here