ACCelerate Creativiy & Innovation Festival

Please join us for the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15


UNC and along with the 14 other universities of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will come together for the first “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival,” Oct. 13–15 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The festival will showcase cutting-edge technologies that draw upon art, science and humanities to address global challenges.  VA Tech is the lead coordinating university for this event.


The three-day festival will provide an opportunity for visitors to engage with leading innovators of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design.  The event is free and provides the ACC’s member institutions an opportunity to display their work to each other and, more importantly, to the public. Student performances, conversational talks and interactive exhibits will feature digital humanities projects, musical performances and creative art displays, 3-D printing, robotic processes and multimedia exhibitions, among others.


In addition to the 47 featured interactive installations, the festival will include panel discussions and performances throughout the three days around six thematic areas:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Arts and Technology
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Biomimetics
  • Health and Body
  • Making and Advanced Manufacturing

Carolina has three exhibits and one performance that will feature work across several different UNC innovations:


Making and Advanced Manufacturing in the New Economy

Location – 3 Floor

Making and Advanced Manufacturing in the New Economy demonstrates the impact making and advanced manufacturing will have on the economy. Did you know there are mushrooms that grow faster then the time it takes for some 3D printers to produce one output? Not only that, printed parts are mechanically weak, so it’s not feasible to use 3D printing to mass produce products. Inspired by Terminator 2, University of North Carolina’s (UNC) professor Joe DeSimone has designed a powerful new tool that harnesses light and oxygen to “grow parts.” This groundbreaking technology brings together high design with state-of-the-art material science and engineering to create and manufacturer 100 times faster than the current standard and has the ability to change manufacturing forever.


Innovation in Pharmacy Simulations and Artificial Intelligence / New Partnership Models for Achieving the End of Disease States

Location – 1st Floor

Serious games meets pharmacy: this installation would feature the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Center for Innovation in Pharmacy Simulations (CIPS). CIPS is tasked with developing a state-of-the-art, data-driven platform in support of all major missions of the School of Pharmacy. The simulations tools developed at the center are based on serious gaming concepts to enhance all phases of education and pharmaceutical research, including medication discovery, delivery, optimization, assessment, and practice.

Art of medicine combined with the technology of artificial intelligence to diagnose patients: artificial intelligence is positioned to be a game-changing development with IBM’s Watson. This installation will show how a UNC cancer center research study that paired UNCseq, which produces volumes of genetic information from a patient’s tumor, with IBM’s Watson to quickly pull information from millions of medical papers that could be potentially relevant for a patient. This will show how UNC Lineberger and other organizations have used the artificial intelligence to address some of the most challenging questions facing their industry.

Performance – Next Level

Flag Hall Stage

Saturday, October 14th @ 1:30 pm

Making music is like making life. “You tell people a story about your life through music and you actually touch people,” Kalil Davis, Next Level Student. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s performance will feature Next Level. Next Level is a program to build music studios around the world in cultural and community centers, teaching youth in the art of beat making. Next Level is an electronic music studio small enough to fit in a backpack. The Next Level concept grew out of a fall 2011 class of UNC when the University’s Music Department Chair Mark Katz invited a local producer Stephen “Apple Juice Kid” Levity to one of his classes as a guest lecturer. That class eventually evolved into a full blow music production. Within a few months, the idea of creating an IndieGoGo campaign to fund an international Next Level in the Democratic Republic of Congo was born. Next Level collaborates with communities all around the world to use the art of music to communicate, teach and inspire. The goals of the program include cultural exchange, innovative collaboration, and social/entrepreneurial impact. This performance will feature students and beat artists interacting with the audience to create music using the equipment that they employ in cultural exchange workshops around the world.



October 13, 2017
10:00 am — 8:00 pm
1300 Consistution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560