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University of Dayton’s Collaboration Accelerator

University of Dayton students work to find creative, world-changing solutions to humanity driven challenges posed by global industry leaders

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The Collaboration Accelerator brings together UD students through a radical Transdisciplinary, 11-week internship program led by the University of Dayton’s Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT), with mentors from the School of Engineering and support from the Office of the Provost.

The Collaboration Accelerator process stems from the mission of IACT, to design experiences that will equip today’s students with the imaginative and creative skills necessary to excel in the global workforce, regardless of their discipline or degree. Learning creative and innovation theory and then applying that theory to real challenges was central to the students’ Accelerator experience.

At the culmination of this program, Accelerators presented three immersive experiences at the IACT and areas all over the Dayton region. Humanity-centered design is a key component of the students’ process, with project “solutions” examples from the 2016 Accelerator included an emergency response drone, a vertical farming prototype designed to conserve water and energy, and an “idea file” that explores the true origin and “soul” of connectivity.


  • Take creative and innovative theory and put it into professional practice.
  • Build confidence to rethink traditional models for project delivery solutions.
  • Forecast and make innovation actionable for the future by challenging the present.
  • Be part of an immersive experience with people and places in the city of Dayton.

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  • A group brainstorm

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The creative team at the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at the University of Dayton seeks to empower a forward-thinking 21st century student with the ability to confidently develop the imaginative and creative skills necessary to excel and impact today’s innovative and global workforce regardless of degree focus. Learn more at

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How can the higher education experience better integrate and prepare students for the versatile creative, transdisciplinary problem-solving skills that are vital for the careers of the future?


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10 Thursday works well

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Sandy... so I ran into calendar issues tomorrow.... might you have time Friday afternoon?

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