Discovery emerges when technical skills are driven by creativity. The annual collegiate competition, Innovation Encounter hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU), stretches students to cleverly apply classroom instruction to a ‘real world’ industry problem. The event is designed to evoke curiosity, challenge skills, connect ideas/information, and create value.

Innovation Encounter invites students from schools partnered with KEEN to form teams and compete in developing the best solution for the realistic challenge experienced in industry.  Practicing engineers oversee their progress as students work together, testing their abilities in a number of areas:

  • Critical thinking
  • Risk assessment
  • Project management
  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Balancing ambiguity & uncertainty
  • Presentation skills

At the end of the competition, the student teams present their innovative solutions to a panel of industry judges.

Lawrence Technological University photo: 2016 Innovation Encounter
Lawrence Technological University photo: 2016 Innovation Encounter

Innovation Encounter is one of many entrepreneurial academic opportunities that materialized because of the visionary support from the Kern Family Foundation.  An important element of this collegiate competition is industry sponsorship.  Each year, a sponsor from a local industry provides the professional and financial resources needed to successfully stage the competition.  Industry volunteers offer expert feedback and constructively challenge the students’ ideas and skills through the lens of their experience.

This fall marks the 8th annual LTU Innovation Encounter.  The two-day event starts Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.  Many engineering students have benefited from the hands-on technical problem-solving business-driven competition.  Up to eight teams of no more than six members compete for three top prizes.

The time is now to begin planning for LTU’s 2017 Innovation Encounter.  For additional information and to register your team, visit http://www.ltu.edu/innovation-encounter.asp. Register your team today!