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Friday Eve from 5:30-9 pm, January 26, 2024; Date Night for Ideas.

This years event will be in person at the Maverick Innovation Center!  Registered people will get a zoom link if you cannot participate in person!   Everyone please show up by 6 pm for the pitch event!  There will be food and beverages. Bring your id! And plan on enjoying meeting people and talking about ideas!

5:30-6:00 pm Introductions.  The innovation center, businesses and other entities will briefly introduce themselves and some of their opportunities for employment and internships.

6:00-6:30 pm Food and beverages, and new connections.  Time to have a conversation and share some ideas of what you want to accomplish for the semester.

6:30-7:30 pm 1-3 minute pitches: Students - tell us a problem you want to solve and what help you need or join a team to work on a problem. Business owners - you want students to help solve your concept – come pitch it Friday night and see students come to the plate!

7:30-8:00 pm Commit to projects, share contacts and schedule time.  Course professors will approve projects for various classes.

8:00–9:00 pm Get basic resources in line.  Who is on a project, what time and skill they can commit to,  and their contact information, when can you meet, and the outline of work for the next two weeks on the project.

The goal is to partner up projects from around the community with students at the university for valuable collaborations.  If students leave with a thumbs up from your professor, a handshake from your client and some contacts by the end of the evening that is a win.


How to Participate


If you are looking for a term project, a research or internship opportunity or have an idea you would like help to get started, register now. 

Community Mentors

If you are willing to provide supportive guidance, helping students make an idea more successful, and perhaps have a need that might be satisfied with a student project or internship, register here. 


If you willing to provide insights, passion and supportive guidance for your company’s project and can attend the program, please register here. 


If you oversee a class that involves a large project (like a senior capstone class), and you would like to be as impactful as possible for your students' careers, this is a cross-disciplinary, real-world opportunity for your students.

Faculty Info Faculty Registration

Questions? Contact Warren MacEvoy at [email protected]