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 mentors from the School of Engineering and support from the Office of the Provost.

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 2017 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.


The 2017 Collaboration Accelerator will run from May 15 - August 4, 2017. Interns will work 35 hours/week and will be paid $15/hour, plus housing. We are seeking a total of 12 interns. Current UD students of any major, any year (including those planning to graduate in May) are encouraged to apply.


Send the following to by Monday, March 27, 2017:

  • Resume
  • A short, radically creative submission (video or any other submission method of your choosing) that shows us what you would contribute to this innovative, transdisciplinary experience.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You must also apply for the position/upload resume to Hire a Flyer (“Collaboration Accelerator Intern” - Job ID #64783) by March 27, 2017.


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

Collaboration Accelerator 2.0

2016 Challenges:

  • Utilize unmanned aircraft systems technology in a way that serves the public good (Air Force Research Laboratory)
  • Demonstrate additive manufacturing’s ability to reduce our energy footprint (UD Research Institute)
  • What is connectivity? Why do people want to connect? (Emerson Technologies)

At the culmination of the 2016 program, the 12 Accelerators presented three immersive experiences at ArtStreet and the Fire Blocks District downtown. Humanity-centered design was a key component of the students’ process, and project “solutions” included an emergency response drone, a vertical farming prototype designed to conserve water and energy, and an “idea file” that explores the true origin and “soul” of connectivity.

Video Gallery

Collaboration Accelerator 2.0
UDRI: Additive Manufacturing Challenge
Emerson: Connectivity Challenge
AFRL: UAS Challenge

Where It All Began:

A Look Back at the 2015 Collaboration Accelerator

The Collaboration Accelerator was piloted in the summer of 2015 by the Air Force Research Laboratory
, University of Dayton
, Wright Brothers Institute
The Collaboratory. This summer internship initiative explored new approaches and new tools for cross-sector collaboration in the innovation space.

Using as a framework two very different challenges of importance to the region—one involving tech commercialization and the other community connectivity—this project brought together over eleven weeks a dozen University of Dayton students from the School of Engineering, the School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Challenge Team developed an interactive installation that integrated art, technology, business and the human condition to express their findings and recommendations.

Watch the 2015 video >>

Videos produced by Indigo Life Media.

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