UNT Collab Lab kick-off event to feature Steely Dan's Jeffrey Baxter

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 10:27

DENTON, Texas (UNT) ― A kick-off event for the UNT Collab Lab, “From Steely Dan to Cybersecurity: Asymmetrical Thinking in a Hyper-Connected, Collaborative World,” will take place Nov. 10 on Level 3 in the University Union, 1155 Union Circle.

"The Collab Lab will be at the intersection of technology and creativity," said Michael Monticino, special assistant to the UNT president. "The most innovative discoveries arise from combining ideas across disciplines. The Collab Lab will be where creative recombination fueled by technology happens."

Combining inspiration with state-of-the-art technology, co-working spaces and mentoring from industry leaders, the Collab Lab will provide students experiences to help make them competitive in today's workforce. Program offerings will be focused on big data, providing networking opportunities with entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, and emphasizing the powerful impact of collaborations between art and science.

The Collab Lab will officially open in 2017 for students and faculty from all areas of the university and community members to move bold ideas from concept to reality.

The kick-off event is open to the public and will offer insight into how the Collab Lab can help students and faculty, as well as foster a connection to the community. The event’s featured speaker is Jeffrey Baxter, Grammy Award-winning guitarist for The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, who is now a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense on biological warfare, next-generation technology and unconventional strategies. It will be followed by the launch of competitions including big data and business idea challenges, and inspiration awards to recognize the outcomes of innovative collaborations.

Doors open and exhibits begin at 3 p.m. with the program beginning at 3:30 p.m.

"We have an exciting line-up of Collab Lab activities planned this year, providing our students, faculty and community with opportunities to tackle challenging problems and learn from one another," Monticino said. "I am looking forward to seeing the great ideas that emerge."

For more information, call 940-565-4280 or email michael.monticino@unt.edu and follow the lab on Twitter via @UNTCollabLab.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108