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Imagine RIT

Miniature theme park created with K'NEX erector sets
Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival is the university’s signature event, a showcase that displays the ingenuity of students, faculty and staff. The festival is now in its 10th year and has established itself as both a campus and Rochester tradition. Nearly 270,000 visitors have attended the festival since it began in 2008.

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the RIT campus for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6. A variety of food, entertainment and children’s activities combine to make the event a fun, family-friendly environment. Nearly 400 examples of innovation and creativity—in the form of exhibitions, demonstrations and live performances—will be on display at the free festival.

The RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts will be back this year presenting Theme Park Engineering 3.0.

While exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festivities kick off at 8:30 a.m. in Clark Gym with President Bill Destler’s Health Innovation Challenge. An annual part of the festival, the challenges have taken on different themes each year. This year, participants are being challenged to create something—an app or a product—that promotes healthy living.