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.


The DaVinci Machines Exhibit: Denver, CO

Mines is a proud sponsor of The Da Vinci Machines Exhibit. Located in Downtown Denver in the Denver Pavilions (500 16th St. Mall), the exhibit is displaying hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs as well as his artistic masterpieces which have been digitally remastered for an up close and personal look at the greatest genius of all time. If you are a Mines student, staff, or faculty member make sure to bring your ID for a special discounted admission price of $7 through June 30th!  More Information Here

August 14, 2018 (Register by August 7)

2018 Mines Engineering Learning Conference

The Trefny Innovative Instruction Center is pleased to sponsor our second annual Engineering Learning Conference. At this event, Mines’ Faculty, Administration and Staff will share the ways in which we can all better engineer learning for our students at Mines and beyond. Through panel presentations, round table discussions, interactive workshops, and innovative practice sessions, we will come together to think deeply about teaching and learning in STEM disciplines. A lunch and evening reception with Keynote speakers and presentations will be provided with your registration.

This event is free for faculty, students, alumni, and staff from the Colorado School of Mines. We are pleased to also extend free registration for Red Rocks Community College faculty. More Information Here

June 25-27, 2018

2018 Impact-Focused Education Unconference: Mountaintop@Lehigh University (PA)

What skillsets, mindsets, and portfolios prepare students and faculty for impact-focused careers in a rapidly-changing world? What kinds of learning environments and ecosystems do we need to build to prepare the next cadre of scientists, artists, engineers, sociologists, educators, accountants, who are ready to pursue new intellectual pathways and collaboratively address the challenges of our times, and to understand and solve problems that we don’t even know exist?

Join a community of creative, passionate, and engaged educators, thought leaders, academic entrepreneurs, and social changemakers as they engage in a series of conversations and pop-up workshops during the Impact-Focused Education Unconference. Over three days at the beautiful Mountaintop Campus of Lehigh University, participants will exchange ideas, share proven practices, and build new relationships to develop their own programs and ecosystems that deliver an impact-focused education. More Information Here

Entries Accepted Until July 20, 2018

The James Dyson Award: International Design Competition for Current & Recent Engineering Students

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It’s open to current and recent design engineering students, and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering. This is your chance to make a name for yourself as an inventor. As well as winning a significant cash prize, you could generate media exposure to kick-start your career, earn the esteem of your peers – and perhaps gain the confidence to launch your own business.

Design something that solves a problem. We’re looking for designers who think differently, to create products that work better. Engineers who follow an iterative design process. The judges – and James Dyson especially – are drawn to designs that employ clever yet simple engineering principles. If yours is a sustainable design, that’s even better. As well as proving your project’s technical viability, we’d also love to see that it’s commercially viable, too – so include any research you’ve done into manufacturing. 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

June 25 – July 30, 2018

Get 2 the Core Online Innovation Challenge: Worldwide

Welcome to the second online competition of The Newcrest Crowd. This one month, global online competition invites innovators from around the world to build an algorithm that can determine and map the spatial extents of the core tray and then the individual rows contained within.

The Newcrest Crowd is a new and ongoing program to work with the best innovators worldwide and identify, develop and implement new solutions for real-world, multi-million dollar applications. This challenge is the second of an ongoing series of challenges that will open real opportunities in one of the world’s largest industries. More Information Here

Application Deadline: July 31 at 5pmMDT

Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge

The Oil and Gas Cleantech Challenge (OGCC) is a product innovation showcase and competition that connects clean technology solutions to the oil and natural gas industry. As the oil and natural gas industry evolves and faces challenging markets, it continues to invest in technologies that address methane mitigation, resource usage, water quality and operational risks.

Innovative solutions providers will enter a competitive vetting process, after which 10-12 companies will be invited to present their technologies to the partners and sponsors on September 6, 2018, in Denver. There are no geographic restrictions or requirements for participating companies. More Information Here