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Ion Prototyping Lab + Nexus: Open Innovation Day

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Category: Academic Network, Community & Engagement, Corporate Innovators, Founders & Startups, Hardware, Human Performance, Investors & Capital, Ion Activation Festival, Ion Prototyping Lab




May 18, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002


Join the Ion Prototyping Lab and Rice’s Nexus Lab for a day of innovative displays, discussions, and lab tours! The full schedule of events is listed below.


  • Peter Merwin, Principal and Design Director at Gensler


  • Grant Belton, Rice Nexus
  • Maria Oden, Director of Rice360, Rice University


9:00 - 10:00 AM - Innovation Tours: IPL + Nexus tours will present visitors with an overview of the tools and capabilities in both the IPL and Nexus facilities and discuss the iterative design process and lessons learned in several interesting projects. (Located in IPL and Nexus)
1:00 - 2:00 PM - Open Innovation Discussion: This session will focus on projects incorporating Open Source systems, components, or philosophies. The presenters with Gensler and Rice360 will include both commercial and academic innovators talking about their projects/products followed by an informal discussion with the audience on challenges, lessons learned, and where they see Open Source development going. (Located in Nexus)
3:00 - 5:00 PM - Hands-on Activity: During this hands-on session visitors will be able to learn about rapid prototyping tools (mainly the laser cutter) and produce a small customized part. In addition there will be a range of static exhibits showcasing interesting products/projects from the Houston area, as well as a range of industry experts, engineers, and entrepreneurs hanging around to answer questions, brainstorm ideas, and spur innovation. (Located in IPL)


Enter 4203 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to the red parking lot, located across the street from the Ion building.