Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship and innovaiton’

Innovation Spotlight: Hacker Dojo

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Here in the Valley of Innovation, we have become accustomed to collaboration. We hear that the biggest behemoths in an industry have partnered for a revolutionary project and we shrug. It was bound to happen, right? We forget that people are collaborating on such a scale that is often missed by the headlines, yet creative companies are being formed as a result of it. That’s why this week’s Innovation Spotlight is featuring Hacker Dojo.


Cogswell’s Entrepreneurship Workshop recieves recognition by Kauffman Foundation.

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Remember the Entrepreneur’s Workshop in November?  The workshop coupled with Cogswell’s Entrepreneurship Launch Competition to kickoff the newest edition to the Cogswell College family of programs and degrees: Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  For that event, Cogswell received recognition from the Kauffman Foundation, an organization that advocates for entrepreneurs and for improving education for youth.

The activities of Cogswell’s entrepreneurship event were just a few of over 3,000 that took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week of 2010. The massive movement educated aspiring entrepreneurs, and also helped launch many businesses.   Cogswell’s contribution was put together by Professor Bret Sweet and program director Trish Costello.  The inspiration and excitement they continually pour into the Entrepreneurship and Innovation branch of Cogswell is a true testament to the passions they share with entrepreneurs everywhere.


Happy Thanksgiving! Campus is closed for the holiday

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Hello everyone!  Cogswell will be closed starting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 24 to Sunday, November 28.  The break is prime time to start brainstorming ideas for submissions to the Entrepreneurship Launch Competition.  Submissions will be accepted after the winter break, so start developing your plan now for a chance to win a full scholarship!

From everyone at Cogswell, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with friends and family!

Back from successful weekend of Cogswell events!

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

This past weekend, we had tons of buzz on the Cogswell campus, and the energy has overflowed into this Monday!  First, the Entrepreneur’s Workshop was a major success!  So many excited students with their parents came out despite the heavy downpour/monsoon that raged on outside.   I had the to opportunity to speak with a few of the high school students, and they were equally inquisitive as they were willing to share their own goals.  Much to my delight, and surprise, there were quite a few prospects who were interested in the Digital Audio Technology program, in addition to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, and they were coming from high schools that were already laying down foundations of audio work.  Very cool to hear that other levels of academia are moving toward the goal of infusing more technological programs into their curriculum.  The panelists were really insightful, and made themselves available to everyone for talking or even as a mentor.

After the day’s event passed, the night life sprang up in the Dragon’s Den at around 8:00pm.  The lighting system pulsed, the DJ beats were thumping (and you could feel it in your stomach), patrons danced, and the energy was through the roof.  I saw some of the most dynamic dancers on Saturday night, and those images are burned into my mind, but definitely in the best way possible.  There were sodas, water, and Redbull on sale to keep the dancers hydrated and hyped. Among the lineup stars, we had Cogswell’s very own DJ Zombie, aka Josh Hodges, getting the crowd pumped for the main act Vendor & Battery.  In addition to the happening environment at Cogswell in the Dragon’s Den, the Radio Club streamed the show for those who couldn’t brave the continuing monsoon outside.

Being one of the original creators of the Radio Club and wanting to get shows off of the ground, I have to say I was in awe of the success that these guys had.  The show was definitely proof that the Radio Club has “it.”  Whatever “it” is, they have it.  They upped the ante, and the next show is going to be more awesome that this one, and this past show was unbelievably good!  Check back for more pictures soon!

Are you going to the Entrepreneur’s Workshop?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

It’s only two more days until the Entrepreneur’s Workshop.  Are you going?  If you have the entrepreneurial spirit, it’s not too late to RSVP.  Just fill out the form on the Entrepreneur’s Workshop page.  At the workshop, you’ll learn by doing. There are simulations lined up to give students experiences in marketing and exercises in product design.  Following the interactive activities is a panel with Cogswell Alum Ash Monif, COO and Executive Producer of Subatomic Studies, and serial entrepreneur Dan Marques, who has seen much success with his involvment in online marketing for Gemvara. The panelists are there to answer any questions you might have regarding your own ventures, so come out to the Entrepreneur’s Workshop and learn how to make your goals reality!  The event is free, and is also open to current Cogswell students, so this may be prime time for prospective students to ask questions of current students as well.

In other news, today is the Thanksgiving potluck!  This has been a highly anticipated event for everyone on campus.  What’s the excitement about food, you may ask?  Everyone from student, staff, and faculty can show off their culinary prowess.  Where else can you get a taste of the best macaroni and cheese in the world made by the Assistant Admissions Director?  Or the most phenomenal green bean casserole from your Professor?  It’s fascinating to see who is equally talented in the kitchen as they are in sculpture, programming, or music composition.

Entrepreneurship workshop slated for November 20th!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Calling all entrepreneurs of tomorrow!  Do you want to be your own boss?  Do you want to make your ideas come to life? Are you an innovator?  Cogswell Polytechnical College is holding its first Entrepreneurs Workshop on Saturday November 20th!  We’re looking for high school seniors who want to share their fresh ideas and and make them happen.  Scheduled to take place are team-oriented activities including market simulations, product design simulations,  and a digital scavenger hunt.  During the workshop there will be a panel of successful entrepreneurs ready to reveal their experiences in their own start-up companies, so bring in your questions for success!  Parents are welcome, and lunch will be provided, as well as an opportunity to win prizes with our raffle.

Trish Costello, Director of our Entrepreneurship Program, will also be on hand, facilitating the day’s events and as a resource for info regarding the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.  The workshop launches an Entrepreneurship competition, where teams of up to four can win the grand prize of a full scholarship to Cogswell!  Admissions information will also be available, and representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

In addition to the great entrepreneurship opportunity, Cogswell will be hosting an industry talk with Patricia Kallusch, Development Director at Electronic Arts, and Sergio Sykes, a Technical Artist at Massive Black.  The two will speak on their experiences in the game and animation industries.  This is a great networking opportunity to begin ties, or expand on the ones you already have in the game and animation industries!  The event will be held in the Dragon’s Den, November 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Dinner will be served during the event.  All Cogswell students are encouraged to attend, as many of the programs offered overlap, and the more connections you make, the better.