Smart Campus

Open Innovation Session

May 10-11, 2018

University of Denver

Engineering & Computer Science Building, Room 510

About the Event

Doors open Thursday at 12pm, program goes from 1-5pm

Doors open Friday at 8am, program goes from 9-5pm

The Smart City phenomenon has gained momentum in regions, cities, and neighborhoods all over the world. Public and private entities are working together and navigating emerging opportunities that are now available with increased technological capabilities, hoping to make their communities both safe and efficient for citizens and the environment.

A campus is a microcosm of a city and offers many of the same challenges and opportunities to streamline smart initiatives — including transportation, food, water, shelter, safety, communication, energy, and waste — the University of Denver is committed to examining opportunities to make ours a Smart Campus that benefits students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.

This May, these stakeholders will come together at DU to imagine what this could mean for our campus. The immersive experience will allow participants to learn methods for rapid problem identification, solution ideation, prototype development, and project documentation.

How it works

The old adage “decisions are made by those who show up” applies to Smart Campus, too. The agenda for the summit will be designed by those in the room. Day 1 will focus on participants getting to know each other, identifying the major challenges facing DU from a Smart Campus perspective, and determining what areas we’ll tackle collectively over the next day.

Day 2 will focus on creating potential solutions for the problems we identified on Day 1. We’ll iterate, challenge each other, surprise ourselves, and ultimately come up with an open source playbook of short- and long-term recommendations with specific actions that DU and its broader community can make to drive a responsible, happy, resilient, productive, and smart community.

In order for Smart Campus to really work, we ask that all participants plan to join us for both days of the summit. Having a dedicated group of participants will be important, as we build teams, work on problems, and implement solutions together.

Who should attend

The summit will include a wide range of constituents including architects, designers, scientists, artists, technologists, faculty – and of course, students.


Engage in a design thinking process, be part of a discussion about the future of DU, and collaborate across disciplines and industries. (This is also a great way to meet future employers!)


Use your expertise to help guide discussions, mentor students, provide insight for communities, and help shape the future of DU.


Bring your experience working at DU to the table. Mentor students, collaborate with community, and get to know faculty and other staff from across campus.


Share your insights from a different perspective, mentor students, engage with faculty, and help design the next iteration of Colorado’s oldest private university.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors

The Smart Campus Open Innovation Session is hosted by

Get action steps to

ignite your

entrepreneurial spirit delivered to your

inbox each Monday!

You have Successfully Subscribed!