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About ciWeek

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The most meaningful approach to storytelling is interaction with the people who are the stories: current, living, creators of new ideas and developers of the latest innovations. Through engagement with the “who behind the what,” the stories come alive and create an emotional impact.

Our annual ciWeek (Celebrate! Innovation Week) gives students and the community opportunities to interact with people (some famous, all inspired) who have dreamed, created, and accomplished. During this thought-provoking and interactive week, students listen, absorb, and engage without the stress of the regular class routine. Generous sponsors make the event free and open to the public.

Ever since DMACC West Campus was established in 2001, fostering student creativity and innovation has remained the goal of all programs and courses. ciWeek is the thriving, inspiring, embodiment of this goal.

ciWeek is a local-facing conference with world-class presenters, making it a unique combination of a university lecture series, Ted Talks, and SXSW. Unlike other large conferences, each talk is followed by a speaker meet-and-greet where attendees can converse with the speakers and collect signatures.

If you’re interested in a sponsoring this incredible event, email DMACC West Provost, Dr. Anthony Paustian, at adpaustian@dmacc.edu.


​History

A zombie promoting ciWeek at Jordan Creek Mall

A ciWeek zombie hands out a promotional flyer for ciWeek 2016.

ciWeek was born out of a conversation during the construction of the permanent Celebrate! Innovation exhibition in the DMACC West building. The incredible, interactive exhibit, which is free and open to the public, highlights American innovation and innovators from the past 200 years, including the extraordinary evolution of personal computing technologies and telecom systems. DMACC West Provost, Anthony Paustian, believed an event that featured actual innovators speaking about their experiences would attract more people to the building and exhibit.

The first ciWeek was held March 1 through 5, 2010 and featured keynote speaker Captain Alan Bean, Apollo 12 & Skylab 3 astronaut and the fourth man to walk on the moon. Working with a limited budget those first few years, Paustian still managed to bring nationally known speakers, including Steve Wozniak in 2012, to headline the annual event. Today each ciWeek hosts multiple keynote speakers and four featured speakers, all presented free of charge to the public. ciWeek has grown rapidly from its humble beginnings in 2010 to an even that attracted more than 7,100 people in attendance and watching via HD simulcast in 2016.

Even as ciWeek grows in attendance and regional recognition, the deep consideration of quality and focus on facilitating interaction with the people within the story of innovation has remained constant since the founding of the event.