On the heels of two successful festivals in 2017 and 2019 in Washington, D.C., the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation are seeking exemplary transdisciplinary projects to represent Virginia Tech at the next ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival in the spring of 2022 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Projects can be submitted through an online survey.

Submissions will be evaluated based on completion/readiness and potential to actively engage the festival audience.

The deadline for project consideration for the festival is May 7, 2021. Two Virginia Tech projects will be selected for festival participation. Notifications of final acceptance for the festival will be in July 2021.

The first ACCelerate festival was held on Oct. 13-15, 2017 and drew a crowd of 36,000 participants. The second ACCelerate festival was held on April 5-7, 2019 and drew a crowd of 63,000. Find more information about previous festivals online.

For more information, contact Holly Williams at hmccall@vt.edu or 540-231-0802.