Investing in the next generation of innovators


Want to get the wheels of inspiration turning? Try spending a little time with a group of students. It’s no secret that magic can happen when you look at life through the wondrous eyes of a child. This is just one of the many reasons why Bridge Innovate is committed to investing in the next generation of innovators through our social innovation initiative Bright Spark™.

Nothing pleases us more than to hear from business and community leaders who shared the same sentiment after serving as Prototype Reviewers for the recent 2019 Student Design Competition Prototype Review:

“It is an absolute pleasure to be part of Bright Spark. Not sure if you noticed, but working with students, seeing the wonder in their eyes, and the passion in their hearts energizes me like nothing else. It's those moments that confirm the reason I got into teaching. Already looking forward to the next challenge.” Owen Foster | Co-founder/Director | SHiFT and Aether Learning

“It was quite inspiring on many levels!”
William Tenison | Creative Director | USFloors

“It was thrilling to witness the creativity of students during the Prototype Review.”
Patrick Miles | Director | United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Hub for Social Innovation powered by Venture Forward

For those of you who would like to learn more about Bright Spark and take part in igniting creative confidence with students and educators, we invite you to join us on March 8th for the Student Design Awards at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Hear from the Bright Spark student teams who have worked tirelessly the past several months to tackle the challenge of building a connected community to help students and families in need thrive. And, be inspired by our keynote speaker, Ryan Johnson, CUA/CXA - User Experience Director of The Home Depot!

The theme for Johnson's keynote address is the ‘Power of Ideas.' It will be an inspirational speech for students and business leaders alike to better understand the power of creativity, how to bring ideas to life, as well as sharing the story behind some of the innovative digital products he and his team have recently brought to market.

This year’s Bright Spark Student Design Competition is made possible by contributing sponsors Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., and Shaw Industries; program partners United Way of Greater Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Honors College; team sponsors Thrive Regional Partnership and Public Education Foundation; and in-kind sponsors Treehouse Innovation, Chattanooga Zoo and Aladdin Printing & Copying.

Join us in the quest to use innovation for good and imagine how you and your organization could help impact future design thinkers!