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Call for proposals deadline extended; ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival returns to Smithsonian April 2022


In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute, the ACC will once again showcase the creativity and innovation happening across Atlantic Coast Conference institutions. The third festival of its kind, the ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival, programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology and the Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is a “three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD)”

Students performing CPR during an innovation festival.
Clemson students participating in ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival in 2019.

Clemson University has been an active participant in both of the previous festivals, with installations from across the University. In 2019, Clemson highlighted a collaborative project from the Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments (CU-iMSE), involving faculty and staff from the School of Architecture and the College of Education, showcasing a prototype of the LIT KIT system that creates an immersive sensory experience for children during read aloud sessions. A second installation highlighted several projects driven by the Research Experience Enrichment program (REEP) that promote health through robotic interaction.

Clemson students providing a display during an innovation festival.
Clemson students participating in the 2019 festival.


Led by Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies John Griffin, the University is putting out a call for proposals from Clemson faculty, staff and students to exhibit their creative and innovative projects at the ACCelerate Festival to be held at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on April 8-10, 2022.


Project leaders should submit their proposals using the proposal link on or before June 18, 2021.

This is a curated festival and all project materials must be easily shipped to the museum and appropriate for installment as a temporary exhibit for the duration of the festival. For projects chosen for the festival, all costs related to participation in the festival (i.e., shipping and accommodations for project teams) will be covered by the University.


Contact John Griffin at