Motivation for innovation: Recent UW-Green Bay alumnus promotes innovation in his students

UW-Green Bay alumnus Zak Lenski ’16 (History) is promoting innovation to his high school students at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wis. Lenski is the school’s only social studies teacher in the KMGlobal School for Global Leadership and Innovation. The program is unique, as is the title “innovation”  in the name of a K-12 school.

Recently, Zak and two of his students attended The Commons Demo Day in Milwaukee to talk about innovative community projects they are doing as part of the curriculum in their school. The Commons Demo Day is an event and celebration that showcases innovative work from local high schools, colleges, businesses and community organizations.

Reminder: Students should register for WiSys Quick Pitch by Monday, Mar. 11

Students should be reminded that they have until Monday, Mar. 11, 2019 to register for WiSys Quick Pitch. Students should explain their research or innovative idea in three minutes and illustrate its community impact for the opportunity to win a cash prize. The WiSys Quick Pitch will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the 1965 Room located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Learn more.

Innovation in Aging team at work

Team members of the B.E.I.N.G group, Renee DeGrand, Suzanne Stuebs and Kaylan Belfied, had an amazing opportunity to test out their ideas this week with their target users. The group hopes to “enrich the lives of aging populations and enhance social connections” through the usage of interactive games. They were able to test out their hypothesis and have fun in the process as they met with seniors ahed of sharing their results at the Innovation in Aging competition which occurred on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019.

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Kickoff meeting for Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition is Wednesday (Feb. 6)

Please announce to your students: The kickoff meeting for Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition will be taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at noon for all UW-Green Bay campuses or at 4 p.m. for the Green Bay Campus only. Locations as follows:

Green Bay Campus: IS 1034 at noon and Alumni Room, University Union at 4 p.m.
Manitowoc Campus: noon, F 139
Marinette Campus: noon, L 105
Sheboygan Campus: noon, 2206

Teams are challenged to identify an aging issue and design an innovative solution. Innovations are broadly defined — a product, service, social approach, etc. Teams have the opportunity to the win the $500 first prize, as well as gain experience and network. The competition is on March 1, 2019. For more information, contact Brian Walsh at bwalsh@wisys.orgRegister

Students invited to register for the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition

Students are invited to register to compete in the 2019 Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition that will be held on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019. Kickoff meetings will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Students participating in the competition will have the chance to think creativity in order to solve real-world problems, with teams of students being invited to create any type of innovation to address their identified aging issue. For more information, please contact Brian Walsh via


TitletownTech applauded by Sen. Robert Cowles

Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) praises the TitletownTech partnership between Microsoft, the Green Bay Packers, UW-Green Bay and the UW System. After attending the announcement on the project’s details, Sen. Cowles released a statement saying “Northeast Wisconsin is ready to prove that you don’t need to be in Silicon Valley to be in the cutting edge of the new digital world.” He added that TitletownTech will provide support and resources for creative minds in the region to generate innovative digital solutions that will not only benefit the region but the whole nation.

TitletownTech wants to keep young professionals close to home

TitletownTech, a partnership between Microsoft, the Green Bay Packers and UW-Green Bay, attempts to attract and keep young talent in Green Bay. The facility will include a venture studio, innovation lab and a tech fund. Director of Microsoft Tech Spark Mike Egan says the purpose of TitletownTech is to spur up the economy. See the full story from WFRV, including an interview with UWGB student Sallie Petty.

Foxconn to attract talent from UW-Green Bay

Foxconn is opening a new innovation center in Green Bay. The innovation center, scheduled to open later this year, will be located in the WaterMark building near the Fox River, and is expected to employ as many as 200 people. Foxconn attempts to attract young professionals from UW-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and St. Norbert. Read the full story on