IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2015

Captivating speakers from a variety of industries and backgrounds spoke on topics related to the theme of “Ideas, Innovation, Invention” during IdeaFestival Bowling Green March 20 at the Downing Student Union at WKU.

Malayan Plaut, the social strategy and projects manager at Oberlin College, talks about using social media to tell the story of an organization or individual.

Ma’ayan Plaut, the social strategy and projects manager at Oberlin College, talks about using social media to tell the story of an organization or individual.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green attendees paint a mural created by Andee Rudloff with items representing the day's speakers.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green attendees paint a mural created by Andee Rudloff with items representing the day’s speakers.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green attendees paint a mural created by Andee Rudloff with items representing the day's speakers.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green attendees paint a mural created by Andee Rudloff with items representing the day’s speakers.

Attendees partake in improv games led by Dr. Julie Ellis and Dr. Merrill Price between speaker sessions.

Attendees partake in improv games led by Dr. Julie Ellis and Dr. Merrill Price between speaker sessions.

Brian Gupton, CEO and co-founder of Dataseam, talks about how his father's career as a coal miner impacted his own drive for innovation.

Brian Gupton, CEO and co-founder of Dataseam, talks about how his father’s career as a coal miner impacted his own drive for innovation.

Tim Earnhart, founder and CEO of Werkshop, discusses the importance of creating a brand.

Tim Earnhart, founder and CEO of Werkshop, discusses the importance of creating a brand.

Dave Tatman (from left), Emma Collins, Nefertiti Dukes, Mitch Wright and Eric Millette watch a video introducing the automotive session from backstage. Gatton Academy students created videos to introduce three of the day's sessions.

Dave Tatman (from left), Emma Collins, Nefertiti Dukes, Mitch Wright and Eric Millette watch a video introducing the automotive session from backstage. Gatton Academy students created videos to introduce three of the day’s sessions.

Dave Tatman, associate vice president for automotive and manufacturing at WKU, speaks about innovations in the automotive industry.

Dave Tatman, associate vice president for automotive and manufacturing at WKU, speaks about innovations in the automotive industry.

Eric Millette, business manager of body systems at the Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant, discusses changes to the Corvette that have increased performance, experience and efficiency.

Eric Millette, business manager of body systems at the Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant, discusses changes to the Corvette that have increased performance, experience and efficiency.

Emcee Emma Collins (from left) guides a question and answer period with automotive session speakers Mitch Wright, Dave Tatman and Eric Millette.

Emcee Emma Collins (from left) guides a question and answer period with automotive session speakers Mitch Wright, Dave Tatman and Eric Millette.

Keynote speaker John All discusses the importance of being prepared for any possibility. All fell 70 feet down a crevasse in the Himalaya last May, climbed out, and survived, despite breaking 15 bones.

Keynote speaker John All discusses the importance of being prepared for any possibility. All fell 70 feet down a crevasse in the Himalaya last May, climbed out, and survived, despite breaking 15 bones.

A Maker Mobile volunteer talks about 3D printing technology with a group of attendees between sessions. The Maker Mobile demonstrated a variety of tools, including a 3D printer.

A Maker Mobile volunteer talks about 3D printing technology with a group of attendees between sessions. The Maker Mobile demonstrated a variety of tools, including a 3D printer.

A group of IdeaFestival Bowling Green attendees pose for a selfie with items made by a 3D printer in the Maker Mobile.

A group of IdeaFestival Bowling Green attendees pose for a selfie with items made by a 3D printer in the Maker Mobile.

Attendees try on artwork made by Alex Lockwood using recycled materials.

Attendees try on artwork made by Alex Lockwood using recycled materials.

Artist and entrepreneur Stephanie Pruitt talks about banishing "maybe" from her vocabulary.

Artist and entrepreneur Stephanie Pruitt talks about banishing “maybe” from her vocabulary.

Innovate Kentucky Executive Administrator Josh Raymer applauds as Stephanie Pruitt leaves the stage. As coordinator of IdeaFestival Bowling Green, Raymer kept the day running smoothly from his position backstage.

Innovate Kentucky Executive Administrator Josh Raymer applauds as Stephanie Pruitt leaves the stage. As coordinator of IdeaFestival Bowling Green, Raymer kept the day running smoothly from his position backstage.

Michelle Howell — a farmer, writer, and community organizer —speaks about what led her and her husband to begin farming and start Community Farmers' Market in Bowling Green.

Michelle Howell — a farmer, writer, and community organizer —speaks about what led her and her husband to begin farming and start Community Farmers’ Market in Bowling Green.

Entrepreneurs Justin Raque (left) and Kyle O'Donnell discuss how the WKU Student Business Accelerator helped them create their own jobs.

Entrepreneurs Justin Raque (left) and Kyle O’Donnell discuss how the WKU Student Business Accelerator helped them create their own jobs.

See more photos from this event on our Flickr page.

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