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ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival

October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History present the first annual ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017. The festival, programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, is a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD). Visitors to the festival will interact with innovators and experience new interdisciplinary technologies developed to address global challenges. The event is free and open to the public.

The ACCelerate festival will be an opportunity for all ACC schools in partnership with the Lemelson Center to showcase their work to the public, each other, students, alumni, companies, legislators, and invited guests from the nation’s capital.

Festival Format

The festival will take over the west wing of the National Museum of American History, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Constitution Avenue, between 12 th and 14 th Streets, NW.

There will be 48 interactive installations from across the 15 ACC schools grouped in six thematic areas:

Civic Engagement
Arts and Technology
Sustainability and Environment
Health and Body
Making and Advanced Manufacturing
In addition, visitors will experience 15 dramatic and musical performances and nine panel conversations featuring ACC and Smithsonian students, scholars, and staff exploring key questions about creativity and innovation.

Dates and Times

The festival will be open to the public during these times:

  • Friday, October 13 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 15 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Projects Featured from Virginia Tech

Dense Space: Beyond the Dark
16 Squares Project
Design Robotics: Robot-Assisted Layered Fabrication
Emotion in Motion
Crowd-Sourced Sculpture
Salt Marsh Suite


October 13, 2017
October 15, 2017


National Museum of American History, Washington DC