Jim Oliver speaks about creativity and innovation

“There will be some students that come through [GT] that have no idea they have creative passion…and we’re hoping to turn that switch on.” – Jim Oliver, AVL Technologies

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“I wanted to see this initiative take off quickly,” said James L. Oliver II, ID 1965, ME 1967, of his recent $1 million gift to the Georgia Tech Foundation, which will be spent over the next five years (along with an existing fund of $500,000) to develop the Innovation and Design Collaborative (IDC). 

The program will foster design thinking, innovation, and collaboration among schools and colleges across campus. Under the directorship of Wayne Li, the Oliver Professor of the Practice, the IDC is a vibrant and evolving new space in the Price Gilbert Memorial Library. Today it comprises a modern classroom and computer lab, with plans to build out during the next 24 months an idea incubator, digital design studio, prototyping workshop, design library, exhibit space, and team meeting spaces. The decision to house it there was very intentional, as a physical symbol of the IDC’s inclusiveness; it is for every Georgia Tech undergraduate, regardless of major.

Source: Campaign Quarterly, Winter 2014

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