Collaboration Accelerator 3.0

IACT in Action! The Collaboration Accelerator is a unique, professional internship opportunity that consists of cross-sector collaborative challenges that integrate applied creativity, innovative perspectives and community development. Each summer, we seek twelve of the most engaged and creative students from different academic areas of study, bringing them together to find creative solutions to real-world challenges posed by community partners such as the Air Force Research Laboratory, Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center and the University of Dayton Research Institute. The 12-week program is led by the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet, with support from the Office of the Provost.



Concourse D Departure Times

Repeats weekly on Mon
Time: 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

About the Program

WHAT'S IN IT FOR the students:

  • Equip today’s students with the imaginative and creative skills necessary to excel in the global workforce.
  • Take creative and innovative theory and put it into professional practice.
  • Build confidence to rethink traditional models for project delivery solutions.
  • Be part of an immersive experience with people and places in the city of Dayton

NEW Collaboration Accelerator Consortium Model:

After two years of creative and innovative collaboration within the Collaboration Accelerator, AFRL and the University of Dayton have designed a partnered-based model to make the Accelerator more sustainable. The new design will build a cohort of up to 10 corporate, technological, social and/or non-profit partners looking to create a clear valued, innovated design that will still satisfy the social, cultural and the commercialization needs of the Collaboration Accelerator.


Air Force Research Laboratories (3 seats)
We’ve lost our connection to food. How do we find it again in the modern era?
Assuming technical issues can be overcome, how does one commercialize wireless power?
We are ONE AFRL; how do we create ONE AFRL Maker Hub, even when geographically separated?

UD Research Institute (2 seats)
How do hi-tech companies market/brand themselves most effectively to clients and potential employees?
How might we use our discoveries/ideas to spin off new companies/products/etc?

Emerson Helix Innovation Center
How might we enable a shopper in the fresh food and cold storage aisles to allocate the right amount of attention to the right things in order to enhance their shopping experience?

Ascend Innovations, Inc.
How do we take advantage of sensors in the healthcare space to give people a better life, all the way from infancy to advanced age?

University Libraries
What is a library without books?

Busy Being (alumni seat, made possible by support from School of Engineering, School of Education, Human Rights Studies Program, Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Career Services and Amy McEntee)
How might we get K-12 schools and educators to "buy into" a mindfulness program?


Contact Brian LaDuca, Director of IACT at ArtStreet, at 937-229-5103 or

Read the News Release

Students working together at the collaboration accelerator

Collaboration Accelerator

University of Dayton students are working this summer to find creative solutions to real-world challenges posed by a consortium of organizations that includes the Air Force Research Lab, Emerson's Helix Innovation Center, the University of Dayton Research Institute, Ascend Innovations Inc., Krush Technologies and other community partners.

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Collaboration Accelerator Video

Contact Us

Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet

ArtStreet is located on the 300 block of Kiefaber St. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2620