Ingenuity 2018: Get Involved!

IngenuityFest is always up to something, that’s what keeps us at the top of our innovation game!

All applications are now open for IngenuityFest 2018: FuturePast . . . Curious what we get up to? Check out some of our cool photos displaying what we were able to create together last year!


If those photos just got your creative juices a-flowin’,  check out the official IngenuityFest 2018 Theme + Design Competition, and help create the look and feel of the Fest!

Ingenuity 2017 Year In Review!

Ingenuity truly had a remarkable year, making our 2016 Cleveland Creative Collaborative Pilot project into a reality in 2017: IngenuityLabs @ the Hamilton Collaborative. This year we:

  • Completed a research project cataloging 50+ local precedent projects and maker resources in our region to which the Hamilton Collaborative will become a complement; a continuation of our work with the American Maker Cities North coalition, we also documented best practices in similar Rust Belt Cities in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Baltimore, Detroit, as well as Chicago and the Bay Area, funded by Gund and Burton D Morgan foundations.
  • Secured significant support and new funding for ourselves and our partners at the Hamilton Collaborative.
  • Secured a lease to ensure our future at theHamilton Collaborative, including the site a former scapyard which we are rehabilitating into a teaching garden and sustainability demonstration site, opening up a whole new possibility for programming and partnerships.
  • Completed a new 3-year strategic plan.
  • Celebrated with the Bal: Aquatique – which opened up new spaces in the building and drew attention to our region’s water resources.
  • Launched the inaugural Shaker Makers with the City of Shaker Heights; held dozens of hours of maker-focused and entrepreneur-focused programming, and secured an NEA grant for the continuation of programming in Shaker’s Moreland neighborhood.
  • Produced a never-before-seen vertical dance collaboration with MorrisonDance, with support from Ohio Arts Council.
  • Served hundreds of area youth through special programs; hosted partner events including Saint Martin DePorres “Cleveland Change Makers,” which welcomed dozens of area leaders to speak with local ninth graders.
  • Welcomed thousands of DIY and high-end motorcycle fans by hosting Fuel Cleveland, with anticipated return for 2018
  • Welcomed 10 incubator tenants and built out lockable workspaces to keep them cozy!
  • Held 30+ Ingeneers workshops and build a community of 40+ members; more than 1500+ man hours of volunteer/community collaboration.
  • Constructed, organized, and heated a year-round shop space for large-scale work.
  • Hosted 500+ individual artists on more than 150,000 square feet of programming area for IngenuityFest – exceeded projections for sales and attendance.
  • Worked with dozens of community partners offering in-kind program support, materials, sponsorships and more!

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Press Release: Ingenuity Announces Sustainability Initiatives for 2017 Festival

For Immediate Release

Annie Weiss, Ingenuity Cleveland
216-589-9444 ext 402

Programming, Partners, and More Come Together to Make IngenuityFest 2017 Eco-Friendly

Cleveland, OH (September 18, 2017) – Ingenuity announced that this year’s IngenuityFest will be more sustainable and eco-friendly. Partners include Cleveland Water, Rust Belt Riders, Ohio City Bike Co-Op, and Vegware.

Cleveland Water will be providing their Water Buggy during three sessions at the Festival, offering fresh water in paper cups. Food vendors will use all paper products and biodegradable beer and drink cups from Vegware, a company that makes low-carbon catering disposables from renewable materials.

Rust Belt Riders, an Ingenuity partner and member of the Hamilton Collaborative, will compost these materials on site. Festival attendees can visit the Rust Belt Riders operation in their exhibit, Closed Loop, located in the Forest Foundry village, and learn about their innovative process to transform food waste into compost and animal feed. Additionally, Rust Belt Riders will be offering composting workshops Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 1 and 3pm.

“At Ingenuity, we believe that innovation, creativity, and environmental sustainability go hand in hand. This year IngenuityFest is going to walk the walk, starting down the path towards a zero-waste event.” says Karen Kidwell, Ingenuity’s Interim Executive Director, “Our new home at the Hamilton Collaborative near Lake Erie is a constant reminder of the treasured resource we all share. Plastic and other debris is accumulating in lakes and oceans, and one way to reduce the amount is to use fewer single-use plastic cups, water bottles, Styrofoam containers, and plastic straws. So this year we’re taking some big steps on the road to zero waste.”

Furthermore, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op is helping the Fest reduce car trips by offering
free bicycle racks (bring your own lock) and a pop-up bike kitchen for basic bike repairs at the 53rd Street entrance. Slow Roll Cleveland will celebrate IngenuityFest with a one-hour ride that starts on Saturday, September 23 at 2 pm at the Marquette gate entrance through the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. Riders will receive discounted tickets for the Festival, and can enjoy a pop-up bike kitchen and other fun bike groups and activities.

IngenuityFest is September 22-24, 2017 at the Hamilton Collaborative in Saint Clair-Superior (5401 Hamilton Avenue). Adult tickets are $5 for a day pass or $10 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at or at the gate.


About Ingenuity Cleveland and its Partners
Ingenuity is a nonprofit organization that ignites the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with immersive and innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries of arts, science, and technology. We do this through our outreach, creative partnerships and events, including our annual IngenuityFest, now in its 13th year.

Cleveland Water is the largest supplier of safe, quality water in Northeast Ohio. Their dedicated professionals care deeply about the community, and providing quality service and great-tasting water is their top priority.

Rust Belt Riders offers commercial food waste producers a logistics-based alternative to landfills that is clean, timely, and benefits the community. They create value-added products that feed people, not landfills

Vegware is a manufacturer and visionary brand, and the only completely compostable packaging company operating globally. Their award winning catering disposables are low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials, and all can be recycled along with food waste.

Ohio City Bike Co-op is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public shop use, advice, and assistance.

Slow Roll Cleveland is a social bike ride that takes place every Monday
from late spring to early fall, starting each week from a different location around Cleveland. The rides draw hundreds of participants each week during the peak of summer and are suitable for bicycle riders of all ages and experience levels.