Virginia Tech seeking projects for the third ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival

From: The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)

On the heels of two successful festivals in 2017 and 2019 in Washington, D.C., the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) in partnership with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation are seeking exemplary transdisciplinary projects to represent Virginia Tech at the next ACCelerate Festival on April 9-11, 2021, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Project information can be submitted through an online survey.

Submissions will be evaluated based on completion/readiness and potential to actively engage the festival audience.

The deadline for project consideration for the festival is April 17, 2020.

Top Virginia Tech projects will be selected for ACC and Smithsonian review and evaluation in May 2020. Notifications of final acceptance for the festival will be in July 2020. Projects selected to represent Virginia Tech will also be expected to participate in the Virginia Tech Science Festival on November 7, 2020.

The first ACCelerate festival in 2017 drew a crowd of 36,000 participants, while the 2019 festival had 63,000 participants. Find more information about the 2021 festival online.

For more information, contact Holly Williams at or 540-231-0802.