Projects sought for second ACCelerate festival

This is a guest post from the organizers of the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival:

Wake Forest  is seeking projects for the second ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held in Washington, D.C. on  April 5-7, 2019 (dates still tentative).

We are seeking exciting transdisciplinary projects to represent the University at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  Projects involving WFU/faculty/student/community teams are highly encouraged.  Projects can be submitted through an online survey. They will be evaluated based on completion/readiness and the potential to actively engage the festival audience.

The timeline is as follows:

  • May 11, 2018: Application deadline for project consideration for the upcoming festival.
  • August 2018:  Projects will be reviewed by an internal Smithsonian Committee who will select the top five projects.
  • September 2018:  The top five projects will be sent to the ACC Review Committee, comprised of leaders from each of the ACC schools, who will then select the top three projects from each ACC school.
  •  September 2018:  Notifications of final acceptance for the festival will be sent.

Support from the Office of Provost will be available to help with the creation and transportation of the exhibits and exhibitors.

The first ACCelerate festival on October 13-15, 2017 drew a crowd of 36,000 participants. We are anticipating and equally impressive turnout in 2019.  To learn more about the 2017 Festival, please visit

For more information, contact:

Tim Pyatt ( or at (336) 758-5090
Andrea Ellis ( or at (336) 758-4322