To access an archive of the Catalyst Day Applied Innovation presentations, click here. To access an archive of the Catalyst Day Applied Innovation Hackathon and keynote address, click here.
About Catalyst Day
Catalyst Day is designed to showcase Ripon College’s new Catalyst curriculum and celebrate the achievements of the students who are completing the capstone seminar in Applied Innovation. The theme for this year’s Catalyst Day reflects Ripon’s institutional commitments to sustainability and innovation. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to watch student presentations that tackle worldwide issues. The afternoon will also offer a variety of events, including the Applied Innovation Hackathon, keynote speaker, and awards ceremonies. The livestream above will display live student presentations in Great Hall between 8 a.m. and noon, then the Hackathon and keynote address from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Catalyst 300 students are tasked with developing solutions to prominent real-world issues outlined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. After Catalyst students are assigned one of these challenges, they demonstrate their mastery of applied innovation by identifying a location where their challenge exists and working collaboratively to propose viable solutions. The topics are outlined below.
In the United States, one in eight people do not know where their next meal might come from.
Those in need are often not able to access care either due to lack of facilities or cost.
Anthropogenic climate change may be one of the greatest challenges facing humanity.
Across the globe, 30% of people do not have access to safe drinking water.
Poverty & Inequality
Despite many global advances, over 10% of the world survives on less than $1.90 per day.
Ripon College’s Catalyst curriculum develops the 21st-century skills that employers seek.
Catalyst Day Schedule
8:00 a.m. | Applied Innovation Seminar Presentations (Great Hall, Todd Wehr 104, Bear Auditorium, East Hall Little Theatre) Catalyst 300 student teams present Applied Innovation Projects. Time: 20 min each.
11:45 a.m. | Lunch (S.N. Pickard Commons) Guests must reserve tickets at link below.
1:30 p.m. | Applied Innovation Hackathon (Great Hall) Student teams compete for most innovative solutions in energetic bracket style competition. Top teams earn cash prizes.
4:00 p.m. | Keynote Speaker, Will Allen (Great Hall) Former NBA player and urban farmer from Milwaukee will present.
4:45 p.m. | Catalyst Day Award Ceremony (Great Hall)