Tag Archives: Innovation

Receive $10,000 in Funding for a Summer Project That Promotes Peace!

Projects for Peace is an initiative for Middlebury students to design grassroots projects that build community and address the root causes of conflict.

Watch this video with Projects for Peace grant recipient Meron Benti ’19 on how to design a successful application. Password: aQL2G=AJ

The Innovation Hub will be holding virtual office hours on November 17 at 3:30 PM EST to answer any additional questions! Email hneuwirth@middlebury.edu for the zoom information. 

The deadline to submit a project proposal is Wednesday, December 16 at 5 PM EST.

Learn more here.

diiVe’s Virtual Internship Program

Intern at diiVe Virtually or In-Person:
Application Deadline: December 1st at 6 p.m. EST (January Term Program) and December 15th 6 p.m. EST (June Programs)

diiVe is looking for ambitious and high performing students looking to kick-start their career in our New Normal. We offer virtual internships and summer abroad programs in consulting and data science where diiVers will work in teams from around the world, building the necessary skills and agency to tackle the challenges of our fast-changing future. diiVe is a competitive program and accepts a limited number of students each year.

Learn more about the program here. Apply now here. Contact a diiVe Alum and Midd Ambassador: Kelly Zhou at yukunz@middlebury.edu.

Note: You could apply for CCCS grants to offset cost of attending this internship. Find the application here

Beyond Venture for America Fellowship…What Next?

Venture For America Fellows experience a two-year Fellowship to become startup leaders or founders of their own organization. However, what happens after VFA? Join them to learn more about the opportunities that Fellows explore after their Fellowship, how they have used VFA to build their career, and how they have grown since then!

WHEN: Wednesday, September 16th 2020

TIME: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Register for Middlebury’s first hackathon–no experience needed!


April 25-26, 2020

Axinn Center at Starr Library

A hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which participants form teams and work together around a specific idea or problem; they start from scratch to come up with new solutions. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. We are not using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system (in the popularized sense of the word); instead, we are building a prototype for an idea and problem statement in an innovative way in a given time.

Participants will work in teams of 3-5 to design and innovate amazing technical projects in just 24 hours. The hackathon will have the help of excellent mentors from our distinguished sponsors and Middlebury College professors. There will be exciting workshops and tech talks to attend. You may register just to attend our workshops and other fun tech-related sessions. We’ll have free food, prizes, games, and more. Don’t have a team, or even an idea? Don’t worry! We’ll give you the tools to build something incredible.

If this would be your first hackathon, that’s perfect! It’s ours, too. MiddHacks hopes to attract participants at varying levels of technical expertise and with a wide range of interests. We welcome all–from the first-year student who has never taken a coding class before college but is interested in technology to the senior majoring in Computer Science who has all the technical building blocks.

Are you looking for seed funding to work on a personal project this summer?

The Innovation Hub invites you to apply to MiddChallenge, a pitch competition that gives students (including graduating seniors) the opportunity to win up to $3,000 to work on their innovation ideas this summer.

A little briefing on how the competition works — students will choose to apply to one of four different competition categories: Business, Technology, Social Impact and Sustainability, and Arts. Students should submit their applications before March 19th. The top proposals in each category will be selected to pitch their idea for 10 minutes to a panel of judges, and two projects in each category will receive funding. Past winners have worked on their project either full time or alongside another summer internship. More info about the event, including the application form, can be found at go/middchallenge. Please reach out to mbenti@middlebury.edu with any questions.

MiddVentures Alumni Series with Coumba Winfield ’17

Curious about what it feels and looks like to run your own business?

Interested in learning more about the intricacies and highlights of starting a tech startup as a recent grad? Come meet Coumba Winfield ’17, MiddChallenge grant recipient, founder of app PopGig and currently self-employed as a graphic and web designer based in Burlington, VT. This talk and Q&A session will take place on Monday, October 7th at 5pm in the new location of the Old Stone Mill at 82 Weybrdge.

Midd Entrepreneurs J-Term Course Info Session

The Innovation Hub is now accepting applications for its J-Term course Middlebury Entrepreneurs. This is a visiting instructor-led winter term course taught by the team at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). The goal of the class is to provide student entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge necessary for developing their ideas for a new business, tech company or social organization into a full-fledged startup.

Innovation Hub staff members and Sam Roach-Gerber, one of the instructors from VCET, will be holding an info session on Wednesday, October 2nd at 4.30pm in the Conference Room of the Innovation Hub. Join us if you are interested in learning more about the course or apply now to the course at go/MiddE20. Email Meron Benti ’19 mbenti[at]middlebury.edu if you have any questions in the meantime.