Episode 39: IF Aerospace

IF AerospaceIF Aerospace focuses on the fast-growing, but little known, aerospace industry in Kentucky, which brought in $5.6 billion in 2013 and is projected to grow at an astonishing pace. Kentucky ranks third in the nation in aerospace exports, behind only Washington and California, and has potential to climb higher in coming years thanks to the dedicated research in universities across the state and the tireless work of certified engineers and craftsmen.

On this episode of the Innovation Update, Johnathan Gay of the Kentucky Innovation Network office at Morehead State University talks with Josh about the inaugural IF Aerospace and where the space industry is headed in Kentucky.


Episode 38: Alltech Rebelation

rebelation-country-bannerHave you heard of Alltech Rebelation? Here’s the pitch:

Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime conference, merging science, agriculture, entrepreneurship, business and marketing? Be the revolutionary your business needs. Be a REBEL. Join us this May in Lexington, Kentucky, for the Alltech REBELation, where you will be inspired and re-energized in life and in business.

In this episode of the Innovation Update, Alltech’s Cody Hutchins talks with Josh about the conference’s new identity and why it’s a can’t-miss event for creative thinkers and those who celebrate big ideas.


Episode 37: Jeff Hook, Kentucky Innovation Network

Jeff HookJeff Hook is the Director of the WKU Center for Research and Development and the Director of Operations for the Bowling Green Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network. The network, which launched in 2001, works to create a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. It has raised over $785 million in funding for companies, supported 6,500 Kentucky jobs, and worked with 1,300 companies.

In this episode of the Innovation Update, Jeff talks with Josh about his work to create new jobs in Kentucky, as well as Buck$ for Bright Ideas and IdeaFestival, two projects the Kentucky Innovation Network supports.


Google’s Education on Air

hAsu0slVMay 8 & 9, 2015

Join us for a free online conference. You have the best seat in the house (your own!) to learn with other educators. Explore the conference schedule below.

Day 1

Panel: What are the skills of the future? (9:00 AM CDT)

LeVar Burton: Inspiring learners with the power of storytelling (10:25 AM)

Lord Puttnam: Getting our priorities straight (10:35 AM)

Lisa Bodell: Making change happen: three tools for better creative problem solving (10:55 AM)

Michael Fullan, OC: Three ways to drive system-wide change (11:05 AM)

Q&A: Ask the keynote speakers (11:15 AM)

Laszlo Bock: Making work rule (11:30 AM)

Sir Michael Barber: How to run a government (11:40 AM)

Jennie Magiera: Power to the pupil (11:50 AM)

Brittany Wenger: Student curiosity can help save lives (11:55 AM)

Q&A: Ask the keynote speakers (12:05 PM)

Panel: Transforming learning with technology (12:20 PM)

Panel: Empowering students (1:20 PM)

Look ahead: Preview of Day 2 (2:25 PM)

Click here to see the schedule of Day 2 and register for the conference.

Episode 36: Lachlan Gilbert

Lachlan Gilbert (courtesy of Facebook)
Lachlan Gilbert (courtesy of Facebook)

Lachlan Gilbert is a freshman at WKU and attended the inaugural IdeaFestival Bowling Green on February 28, 2014. It was there he developed an idea that has now been funded through the Buck$ for Bright Ideas contest and is eligible to receive more prize money this year.

In this episode of the Innovation Update, Lachlan talks about the process of bringing an idea to life, where those “aha” moments come from, and how to shed the fear of failure in pursuit of your dreams.


The Science of Star Wars

May-The-Fourth-Be-With-You-1To celebrate Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), dive into the science behind this iconic franchise with questions like:

Could the Death Star really destroy a planet?

When the Death Star fires, six laser beams are generated around the circumference of a circular depression on the exterior of the space station. The six beams meet at the center of the circle and head down toward the planet as a single, huge beam. What would actually happen…

Would the Sarlacc really 1,000 years to digest its prey?

We can’t be sure how big the Sarlacc is, but it must be fairly large to have such a huge appetite. While burrowing seems limited to smaller animals on Earth, the Sarlacc somehow manages to…

Would jumping to light speed kill you?

It’s no problem for Han to accelerate the Falcon from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds. Inertia will push him slightly back in his seat. But accelerating from zero to 186,000 miles per second in five seconds will…

Kentucky Innovation Network wins national award for innovation

ky-logoFrom SurfKY News: Business Facilities magazine, a leading national business publication, presented the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and its Kentucky Innovation Network with the magazine’s annual Achievement in Innovation Hubs Award. The award is given to the top organizations and programs that exhibit consistent excellence in the development of innovation hubs and supporting entrepreneurs.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Kentucky continues to receive national recognition for our growing economy and entrepreneurial support programs. Small businesses are a vital part of job creation, and we are proud to help these innovators achieve their goals.”

A statewide network of 13 offices, the Kentucky Innovation Network helps entrepreneurs at any stage – whether it is just starting with an idea or having an established business – and works with them to plan, build and launch their business.

Click here to read the full story.

Episode 35: Little Learners, Big Ideas

Allison Bemiss of Little Learners, Big Ideas

Little Learners, Big Ideas started as a project funded by the PNC Grow Up Great. The idea was to create six short videos meant to improve critical and creative thinking skills in young children. The videos were finished last summer, and since that time, Allison Bemiss has been hard at work sharing them at professional development sessions, presenting at conferences, and planning community outreach events that utilize strategies found in the videos.

In this episode of the Innovation Update, Allison discusses the growth of Little Learners, Big Ideas and what the future holds for this exciting project.


Say hi to Fi: Google introduces new mobile network

From Google’s official blog: In today’s mobile world, fast and reliable connectivity is almost second nature. But even in places like the U.S., where mobile connections are nearly ubiquitous, there are still times when you turn to your phone for that split-second answer and don’t have fast enough speed. Or you can’t get calls and texts because you left your phone in a taxi (or it got lost in a couch cushion for the day). As mobile devices continually improve how you connect to people and information, it’s important that wireless connectivity and communication keep pace and be fast everywhere, easy to use, and accessible to everyone.

That’s why today we’re introducing Project Fi, a program to explore this opportunity by introducing new ideas through a fast and easy wireless experience. Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible. By designing across hardware, software and connectivity, we can more fully explore new ways for people to connect and communicate. Two of the top mobile networks in the U.S.—Sprint and T-Mobile—are partnering with us to launch Project Fi and now you can be part of the project too.

Click here to read more about Project Fi.

How innovative is Kentucky? A new study ranks all states

business-561388_1280From Louisville Business First:

Kentucky is ranked as a “Modest Innovator” in a new report produced by the Consumer Electronics Association.

The CEA’s first ever state Innovation Scorecard ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on their willingness and ability to encourage innovation. The rankings are based on 10 categories, including “entrepreneurial activity,” “fast Internet” and “innovation momentum.”

Kentucky scored well in some categories, earning a B+ in “entrepreneurial activity” and B’s in “tax-friendliness” and “innovation momentum.” However, the state earned a D+ in the “grants STEM degrees” category, D’s in the “tech workforce” and “attracts investment” sections and a D- in the “fast Internet” category. Kentucky made an F in the “right-to-work” section.

Other states listed as “Modest Innovators,” which is the lowest ranking in the report, include New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii.

Indiana is listed as one of the 10 “Innovation Champions” in the report. The others that also received the highest ranking in the report are Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Click here for the full report.