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Mohawk Valley "SUNY BEST" Events







Tuesday June 24, 2014

9:00 am -12:00 pm

(registraton at 8:30 am)

Continental breakfast available



Room to be announced


Free and open to the public


InnovationChallenge Mohawk Valley (ICMV) 

"Harnessing collective knowledge and experience for innovative ideation and solutions"




The SUNY Best workshop, scheduled for Tuesday 24 June, will bring together representatives from various constituencies to discuss and learn more about an exciting new community-based initiative at SUNYITcalled InnovationChallenge Mohawk Valley (ICMV), launching in late October of 2014.  

SUNYIT envisions ICMV as an annual student competition that transforms novel ideas into actions and greater quality of life in our Mohawk Valley region. Students from SUNYIT and our partner institutions will collaborate across disciplines to create innovative solutions to our area’s most challenging social and economic issues. The ICMV will combine the best of business modeling and innovation with collaborative design methodologies developed and used by architects, designers, and urban planners. In response to a community challenge identified by program leaders each year, student teams will interview local civic, business and community leaders, research areas of interest, identify problems and opportunities and work to design meaningful solutions that are socially responsible, environmentally and economically sustainable, and humanly satisfying.

ICMV 2014 will take place over two days in fall 2014. Day one will start with sessions in which students interact with subject and public experts. Later that day, students will then tour relevant sites where they will collect ethnographic information. Day two is the heart of the ICMV experience. Facilitators will assign students to diverse teams then lead them through a rigorous process that ultimately generates varied solutions. These results will then be judged by a panel of community leaders and experts. Members of winning teams will be awarded prizes and will have opportunities to meet with governing bodies that may assist with implementing the best solutions.  In addition to generating novel and useful community-level solutions, evidence suggests that individual students are favorably transformed by engagement in the design process. Preliminary research data collected from DesignChallenge 2013 participants indicates that students’ self-efficacy, leadership vision, and mental rotations abilities may be favorably influenced by exposure to these methodologies.

During the SUNY Best workshop on June 24, participants will learn more about the InnovationChallenge process, contribute to determining a procedure for selecting annual ICMV topics, and discuss other planning details. Professors Robert Edgell from SUNYIT and James Moustafellos from Temple University will talk about their previous experience with DesignChallenge and their research on social creativity and design thinking.  In addition, Professor Daryl Lee from SUNYIT will present and lead a discussion of the proposed topic for our first-ever ICMV scheduled for Friday and Saturday, 24 and 25 October 2014.

Workshop Structure:

  • 9:00 to 10:00 Introductions and overview of ICMV
  • 10:00 to 12:00 Breakout sessions to discuss annual selection process, mechanisms for student involvement and participation by partner institutions, and planning details
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch and presentation of the  ICMV2014 topic

InnovationChallenge Mohawk Valley is broadly modeled on the DesignChallenge concept originating at Temple University in 2011. To gain more insight about DesignChallenge at Temple University, please see the following articles:


DesignChallenge Temple University

DesignChallenge Temple University2