IDEA Week 2018, a new innovation festival being held here in the South Bend-Elkhart Region, is set to launch April 20-29. The IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame is leading the local effort, with a large group of leaders from across the region collaborating on venues and events to ensure year one is a big success.
IDEA Week will include a variety of business, technology and entertainment events that are free and open to the public. The goal is to provide entrepreneurs, students and community members in the region with the knowledge and inspiration they need to help boost their own careers, studies and communities.
Partners teaming up on the event are organizations like the University of Notre Dame; City of South Bend, City of Elkhart, South Bend Regional Chamber; Visit South Bend Mishawaka; Elevate Ventures; South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership; Startup South Bend-Elkhart; St. Joseph County; Elkhart County; South Bend Code School; LangLab; Fischoff National Chamber Music Association; and South Bend Symphony Orchestra.
IDEA Week will feature a total of 52 ideation and entertainment events. About 13,000 participants are anticipated over the 10 days. Ideation events will center around innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization. Examples include a large venture competition, a TEDx event and a startup showcase.
Several nationally-known speakers will headline IDEA week, including Shark Tank’s Daymond John; Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone. In addition to a variety of new events being included in IDEA Week, the festival will also feature several longtime events like the Blue-Gold Football Game, McCloskey Business Plan competition and the 1st Source Commercialization Dinner.
Highlighting the entertainment offerings include a concert by the popular duo, The Chainsmokers. The group has several top hits and plays a music described as “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music and hip-hop." Also, comedian Gabriel Iglesias will perform. He is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, performing for sold-out audiences around the world. Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger (of Umphrey’s McGee) will also perform during the week. You’ll need to buy tickets for these events. Get them now, they’re going fast.