Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Institution presented the first ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The festival was a celebration of creative research happening at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design. The 2017 ACCelerate festival was programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
The festival featured performances, talks, and 48 interactive installations from across the 15 ACC schools around seven thematic areas: civic engagement, art and technology, sustainability and environment, biomimetics, health and body, and making.
The next ACCelerate festival will be April 5-7, 2019, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.