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A New Star for North Carolina’s ‘Discovery Economy’

The Center for Design Innovation (CDI) and its new Innovation Quarter center and lab represent a major opportunity to grow the state’s ‘discovery economy’ – utilizing the art and science of creativity and design to inspire entrepreneurial enterprise and a 21st Century workforce.

Locally, CDI fits into an emerging landscape of business and technology incubators and accelerators in North Carolina working to facilitate new business startups and investment. In that role, it can provide much needed expertise and support to other Triad region and statewide organizations.

On a national level, CDI must fit into a network of strategic centers aligned with research universities and industry that spur U.S. technology clusters – California’s Silicon Valley, Massachusetts’s Route 128, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, San Francisco’s Tech Enterprises, Chicago’s Start-up Culture, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, and Boulder to name a few. The point is that the discovery of new ideas, products, and technologies depends on feeding and extending these networks – especially so if North Carolina’s pockets of success can expand to other areas of the state.

CDI was envisioned nearly a decade ago with these local, state, and national ambitions in mind. During that time, the CDI has worked with its UNC and FTCC partners to realize this vision that has been backed by the North Carolina state legislature. Now, with its signature center and lab built in the heart of Winston-Salem’s new Innovation Quarter, focused attention must be given to investing in its success.


Find Your Drive | Design Thinking and Leadership Workshop for Girls

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Four Stanford University Design students will be in Winston-Salem on August 12-14 to give FREE WORKSHOPS on Design Thinking and Leadership for middle school girls. Their goal is to make a difference in the lives of young girls by teaching them the tools and skills of design thinking.

The workshop, hosted at CDI on August 12 from 2-4pm, is designed to give girls the tools, inspiration, and creative confidence to discover their purpose, enact social change in their communities, and envision their own dreams for someday changing the world.

What will happen during this workshop?

1) Design Thinking Challenge

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Jennifer Riley

Jennifer Riley, CDI Intern and WSSU Senior, is featured in the Scientific American blog for her conference poster presentation on the iSwoop project.

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
2015 Annual Meeting – Jan 3-7, 2015

George Eckart

George Eckart

George Eckart is an Engineer and STEM advocate. Before landing his current position with the NC DOT as a traffic engineer, he spent more than a decade in Winston-Salem, Forsyth and Guilford counties helping students learn. From the start of his public teaching career, his focus has been on science and technology infused with computer animation, scientific visualization, and game art. George’s resume reads like a tapestry winding the thread of career between the wefts of engineering, design, and public teaching. From this unique vantage point, he captures the value of exposing and nudging students toward the CDI

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