CFP: Radical Innovation Summit, 2013

CFP: Radical Innovation Summit, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 12:00am

Radical Innovation Summit 2013

June 13-15, 2013

Location: Organization of American States

Padilla Vidhal Room, Terrace Level
1889 F Street NW
Washington, DC


Participation limited to 35 individuals who focus on Education Innovation.

Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

About the Summit

This Summit, hosted by the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and the Social Sciences (I-CHASS), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, at the University of Illinois (UIUC), will convene leading practitioners, researchers and scholars of innovation to collectively consider how education in the US might be reconfigured to both support and teach innovation as a core curriculum mission, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Summit participants will identify and articulate strategies for creating and sustaining learning environments that promise the development of innovative thinking skills, behaviors and dispositions that reward students, teachers, faculty and administrators for practicing and tuning these skills. Summit organizers will create a private online space where participants will be encouraged to continue discussions or comment further on the ideas generated over the course of the Summit. Mapping social networks of and among participants will provide insights into how innovation practices are shared and spread across relationships and networks. Ideas that emerge from the Summit will be made publicly available via the Radical Innovation Summit’s website.  

The Summit, and research that is developed from the meeting, is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s DRK12 program.


Groups or individuals from Pre-K-12 educational institutions, non-profits, colleges and universities, business industries, or government agencies. Applicants should be conducting research or creating innovative applications relevant to the study or fostering of innovation in education by contributing to teaching and learning in early learning, K-12, higher education, or lifelong learning. *Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

In order to be considered for participation in the Radical Innovation Summit, please respond to the questions below in a one-page 12-point font single spaced narrative. DUE BY April 15, 2013.


Submissions are invited from all topics of interest associated with innovation in education.


  1. Summit proceedings will be disseminated through a website, conference presentations, journal articles, white papers and other creative venues.
  2. The Summit will also provide insights involving the connections that participants pursue with other radical innovators and how ideas about innovation spread beyond the Summit and/or foster new connections among innovators. Summit proceedings, including the wiki, will be observed and participants will be invited to complete surveys and/or to be interviewed.


Applications will be accepted via the electronic submission form at:

In your one page submission, please address the following:

  • What are your primary area(s) of innovation research or application? Please specify your targeted populations, environments or markets.
  • How does your research or applied project impact education? Please specify whether your innovation is focused on early learning, K12, higher education, or lifelong learning.
  • Why do you consider your work radically innovative and potentially transformative? Please include your definition of innovation in your response.


Radical Innovation Summit Organizers

  • Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS);
  • College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry)
  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • In cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS)


About the Organizing Institutions


The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS) charts new ground in high-performance computing and the human sciences. Founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, I-CHASS creates learning environments and spaces for digital exploration and discovery by supporting and presenting leading-edge research, computational resources, collaborative tools, and educational programming to showcase the future of the humanities, arts, and social science. 

For more information on I-CHASS, please visit:  


At the College of Education at the University of Illinois, we persevere in the discovery of how to improve learning in challenging educational situations. Founded in 1905, today the college has four academic departments serving more than 1,600 students: Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Psychology; Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; and Special Education. All departments offer masters and doctoral degrees, and Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction offer undergraduate degrees for teachers. Our breakthrough scholarship addresses today’s priorities -- understanding the behavioral dimensions of performance and learning, harnessing new technologies for uniquely educational purposes, realizing in practice the responsibility to children of diverse backgrounds, and having a credible impact on public policy. Our graduates join more than 42,000 College of Education alumni to become the next generation of teachers, professors, researchers, superintendents, and policy makers. For more information on the College of Education, please visit:


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is ranked 6th in the nation, according to 2012 US News and World Report. The faculty addresses critical issues of learning, teaching, and social justice at global and local levels. The department emphasizes preparation and continuing professional development of early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers and teacher educators. Faculty and students are committed to seeking deep interconnections among theory, research, and practice. For more information about the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, please visit:


The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provides powerful computers and expert support that help thousands of scientists and engineers across the country improve our world. With the computing power available at NCSA, researchers simulate how galaxies collide and merge, how proteins fold and how molecules move through the wall of a cell, how tornadoes and hurricanes form, and other complex natural and engineered phenomena. NCSA established in 1986 as one of the original sites of the National Science Foundation'sSupercomputer Centers Program—is supported by the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation, and grants from other federal agencies. For more information about the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, please visit:


The Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry) is a cross-disciplinary curriculum incubator in the College of Engineering. It was founded in 2008 as a pilot dedicated to transforming the education and the student experience of our undergraduates in ways that align with the challenges and opportunities they will confront in the 21st century. iFoundry rests on a set of core principles around changing organizations, advancing concepts, and honoring aspirations, and asserts that effective reform requires:

  • Deep reflection and attention to the complex system in which engineering education is embedded;
  • Communities that foster collective learning and action among the members and shareholders in that complex system; and
  • Honoring and supporting students’ aspirations, choices, and engagement in the educational process.

For more information on iFoundry, please visit:


Contact Information

For further information about the Summit, please contact:

Alan B. Craig, PhD
Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois


For the RISummit website and full Call For Participation (CFP) visit:


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