Agents of Ingenuity Brings Together Business Leaders and Creative Community to Discuss Innovation in Northeast Ohio

For Immediate Release

Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland

Cleveland, OH (November 13, 2015)  – Structured as unlikely conversations between representatives from big business, small start-ups, the creative community and academia, Ingenuity Cleveland, in partnership with Design Lab High School, kicks off a new conversation series to highlight and discuss Cleveland’s unique opportunities as a globally competitive city for innovation and manufacturing.

Agents of Ingenuity’s first Live Conversations series will run Monday, November 16 and Thursday, November 19 at Bop Stop @ the Music Settlement (2920 Detroit Road, Cleveland) from 5:30 until 7:00pm. Entrance is $15 and attendees can reserve tickets in advance at

Monday’s conversations will feature Jergens’ CEO and Cuyahoga County Councilman Jack Schron and Ethan Karp, CEO of Magnet: The Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network. Attendees can engage with the speakers and learn about innovations in Cleveland’s manufacturing strategies.

Thursday’s event will feature conversations with Jeff Epstein, Director of Cleveland’s Health Tech Corridor and Erika Anthony, Senior Director of Advocacy, Policy and Research at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. Conversations will center on Cleveland as a global hub for innovation.

Agents of Ingenuity will continue to grow with more evening discussions, podcasts, social hacks and a larger Agents of Ingenuity Summit. For more information, visit

UPDATE 4/17/2016: For the most up-to-date info on upcoming conversations, dates and times please visit:


Cleveland Medical Hackathon partners with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine on Community Health & Wellness Track

For Release
August 28, 2015

The Cleveland Medical Hackathon, presented by Nesco Resource, is partnering with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Ingenuity Cleveland to present a Community Health & Wellness track during the event. Working with the CWRU School of Medicine Urban Health Initiative and Ingenuity Cleveland, this track will focus on leveraging data to understand and improve health at the population level. This means, for example, being able to understand how hard or easy it is to buy healthy food in various neighborhoods, or to see what parts of the city need resources so that people can safely engage in physical activity. The Community Health & Wellness track will join three other tracks including patient activation, safety, and identity management.

The Urban Health Initiative, part of the CWRU Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, operates the Cleveland & Cuyahoga Health Resource ( to provide access to data relevant to community health. These and other data will be available for the Community Health & Wellness Track. This partnership grows from a collaboration with Ingenuity Cleveland’s Health Hack Cleveland initiative, as part of Ingenuity’s emerging hackathon series uniting Cleveland’s creative landscape with business, entrepreneurship, and civic opportunities through a growing year-round schedule of lectures, events and other programming (

“More and more, people use technology to manage their health, track their exercise and food intake, and to engage social support networks,” said Amy Sheon, Executive Director of Urban Health Initiative Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “This generates data that can be used to understand large scale trends and needs in health and wellness. The challenge to the hackathon participants focused on this track will be: How can we use data from public and non-public sources to reveal trends in population health, to identify the best opportunities for promoting health and wellness, and to enable people to live long, healthy lives?”

The overall goal of the Cleveland Medical Hackathon is to create technological solutions that utilize the large amounts of information being collected related to health and medical issues. Today, the ability to collect information sometimes outpaces our ability to make sense of it and actually improve the health of individuals and large populations. The Cleveland Medical Hackathon will gather clinicians, technologists, researchers and members of the community to form teams and solve these issues. More information on sponsoring or participating in the event can be found here:

Using this basic framework, participants in the Hackathon can come to the event with a basic kernel of an idea, pose a challenge, or present a technology. Teams can form at the event around these ideas and move ahead with creating solutions.

After approximately 24 hours, teams will be asked to present their solutions to a panel of judges. Projects will be evaluated not only on creativity and execution, but how well the project met the goals of this hackathon: how technology and innovation can help us achieve better healthcare outcomes for all people.

Other lead partners of the Cleveland Medical Hackathon include Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, The MetroHealth System, BioEnterprise and Flashstarts. The Cleveland Medical Hackathon is presented by Nesco Resource, which has created the Nesco Innovation Award for the event. Nesco Resource is one

Ingenuity Announces 11th Annual IngenuityFest Dates and Location


For Immediate Release


Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland

(216) 589 – 9444


Cleveland, OH – (June 9, 2015) Ingenuity has announced that their 11th annual IngenuityFest will be held October 2-4. While returning to the lakefront, this year the Festival will be centered on Voinovich Park, with a greater emphasis on waterfront programming and urban experience. Ingenuity hopes to to grow programming in the Great Lakes Science Center & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the three-day annual celebration of creativity and innovation. The festival is free and open to the public.


“Last year Ingenuity celebrated its 10th birthday, and as we head into the next 10 years we’ll be making some changes, internally and externally. We’ve already started the year off with a pretty big change – a new Program Director. All of these conversations and transitions have given the entire staff a renewed energy and it is thrilling to see what will be in store for us!” says Paula Grooms, Ingenuity’s Executive Director. “We’re really looking at ways to dig deep into the community and build new connections. Joe Cimperman will be sponsoring the Festival this year as his Councilmanic event, and we’re bringing in new partners representing greater access to arts, education, and industry.


Emily Appelbaum, Ingenuity’s Program Director, is committed to creating a festival experience attendees will be sure to remember. “All these new connections aren’t simply about showcasing the talent around town, they’re about getting visitors involved in Cleveland’s creative landscape, whether by doing a hands-on activity onsite, or uncovering the inspiration or contacts to follow up with a personal passion. We’re changing user experience to reflect all this; the focus is finding exceptional ways to enjoy the environment and interact with each other. Much less about artist versus audience and much more about co-creation.”


IngenuityFest attracts an audience of about 40,000 each year. Previous locations include Public Square, East 4th Street, Prospect Avenue, Playhouse Square, the Veterans Memorial (Detroit-Superior) Bridge, and Docks 30 and 32 on Cleveland’s downtown lakefront.


About Ingenuity

Ingenuity ignites the creative spark where the arts, science and technology intersect. We animate Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class outreach programs, creative partnerships and events. Now entering its 11th season, Ingenuity is funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The George Gund Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council, as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. The three-day IngenuityFest currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy every year.


Ingenuity Hires New Program Director: Organization Thinks Big Toward Future


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Cleveland, OH – (March 16, 2015) Ingenuity announced today that Emily Appelbaum has joined
the team as their new Program Director. A native of Cleveland returning from several years
spent in the Bay Area, Emily is a Yale graduate with a degree in architecture who brings a
wealth of experience and industry knowledge. She has worked as a designer, builder,
community organizer and project manager on large scale collaborative projects for events like
Burning Man and Coachella, and at American Steel Studios, an art and business incubator
based in Oakland. After moving back to Cleveland last year, Emily has been consulting with
LAND studio and BriteWinter Festival.

“I believe that Ingenuity is a spark that can ignite Cleveland — for years, we’ve activated spaces
both known and unknown. We have the power to continue generating change as an incubator
and ambassador for the new Cleveland. In the coming months and years, I am excited to build
upon our community partnerships, create access to industry and resources, foster the creation
of new content and ideas, & ultimately leave behind a positive and enduring legacy,” said

Paula Grooms, Ingenuity’s Executive Director said, “We are thrilled to have Emily on board – her
enthusiasm and passion is contagious and her vision for Ingenuity’s future as a collaborator,
convener, and presenter is on par with what we’ve been talking about internally.”

Call for Makers Now Open

Ingenuity and Cleveland Public Library Announce 3rd Annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

Cleveland, OH – (February 20, 2015) Ingenuity and the Cleveland Public Library announce the third annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire (CMMF) to be held on June 6th from 10am to 6pm at the Library’s downtown branch (325 Superior Ave. E, Cleveland, OH 44114). Admission is free and open to the public.

This event showcases creativity, innovation, and interactivity from all segments of the maker community including crafts, technology, art, hands-on activities, and more. The CMMF will allow people of all ages to learn, discover, create, and play along with makers from the region’s business, non-profit, and scholastic sectors.

A call for participants is currently open. Individuals, groups, or organizations that would like to demonstrate inventions, crafts, innovations, technology, or creations are invited to apply. To apply, please visit

“We’re very excited to be partnering again with the Cleveland Public Library this year,” said Paula Grooms, Ingenuity’s Executive Director. “Maker Faires are part of a national trend that are inspiring creativity and industry growth and we are very fortunate to have major institutions like the Library supporting this movement.”

“This event allows us to continue to fulfill our goal to redefine the library as a resource for exploration and inspiration,” said Aaron Mason, the Cleveland Public Library’s Programming Director. “Last year, the CMMF was the single largest one-day event held in the Library’s history, so we’re anxious to see if we can try and break that record!”


Ingenuity Launches New Summit on Entrepreneurism, Brings Back Make Space for 2014 Festival

For Immediate Release

Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
(216) 589-9444

Cleveland, OH (September 15, 2014) — Ingenuity is proud to announce the launch of a new program, Engines of Ingenuity Summit, to be premiered at the tenth annual IngenuityFest (September 26-28), in an effort to spark unlikely conversations within the entrepreneur, artist,  and business communities. The Engines of Ingenuity Summit will last from 10:30am to 4pm on Saturday, September 27 in the Reinberger Auditorium of the Great Lakes Science Center.  Programming will include exhibit tables, panel discussions, presentations, and a workshop on “The Art of the Pitch”. For up-to-date information on programming and registration, visit

The summit will be hosted by Michael DeAloia, a tech columnist for the Plain Dealer, co-host of Cleveland Confidential Radio and co-founder and partner at Topics will  include: Intellectual Property vs. Open Source, Defining Audience in the 21st Century, Hacking Health, and Monetizing Game Play.

Speakers and panel members will have participants from The Cleveland Clinic, Nottingham Spirk, Case Western Reserve University, Bizdom, Content Marketing Institute, Veritix, Rosetta, and more.

Ingenuity Executive Director, Paula Grooms says, “We intend this summit to spark the entrepreneurial spirit among companies of all sizes, as well as with our highly engaged audience. This is a one-of-a-kind event that offers a new way to foster this spirit by changing the typical conference/tradeshow paradigm and breaking down barriers normally separating established companies from start-ups. We believe this rarely found integration will lead to exciting trans-industry innovative solutions.”

There is a minimal registration fee of $5 to reserve a space to attend the summit. Table fees start at just $85 for start-up businesses. To register, please visit

The summit will run parallel to the Make Space in the Great Lakes Science Center. The Make Space is a combination of manufacturers, DIYers, students, faculty, and anyone else looking to experiment to hold workshops, explain do-it-yourself projects, showcase advanced technologies, participate in crafts, and host mini-presentations.

This year, the Make Space will feature a series of presentations as part of our So You Think You’re a Maker? segment on Sunday from 12pm-5pm, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Parker Hannifin will also be showcasing 2 models from their “Chainless Challenge” competition  – a challenge sponsored by the Parker Hydraulics Group to have students build a bicycle powered by hydraulics instead of a chain drive.