What's the Big Idea? Bowling Green Festival Looks to Make Student Dreams a Reality

Feb 13, 2018

Credit IdeaFestival Bowling Green

An estimated 800 middle and high school students will be on the campus of Western Kentucky University Thursday for the fifth-annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green.

The theme of this year’s event is “What’s the Big Idea?”, and is focused on helping young people identify and achieve their dream ideas.

“The students get excited about seeing what’s out there in the world, seeing what you can do if you have a dream or have a passion about something,” said Erika Solberg, with the WKU Center for Gifted Studies and one of the festival’s organizers.

One of the speakers at this year’s event is recent WKU graduate Muamer Razic, the founder of Level Lacrosse. That company focuses on providing lacrosse players and coaches with high-tech, analytical data about on-field performance.

Razic is a part of the festival’s first speaker session, “Making the Big Idea a Reality: Lessons from Entrepreneurs,” and also includes Sarah Nuse, founder and CEO of Tippi Toes Dance, and Phillip Ashley Rix, founder and co-owner of Philip Ashley Chocolates.

The second speaker session, “Sharing the Big Idea: Why Knowledge Is Power,” will include Kristina Talbert-Slagle, assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine; Jessica Bellamy, infographic designer/social entrepreneur and Adobe Creative Resident; and Natalie Hinkel, planetary astrophysicist at Vanderbilt University.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green is Thursday at Van Meter Auditorium and Downing Student Union on WKU’s campus, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. central time.

Individuals can register for the event here.