Wilson Center Programs

Immersive Experiences to Strengthen Your Skills

The Wilson Center organizes and sponsors a variety of marquis programs intended to inspire students and develop their knowledge and skills in leadership and innovation. Many of these programs have been started and led by students, serving as a means to practice and refine innovation and leadership skills. Wilson seeks to encourage innovation and leadership in a broad range of contexts by organizing programs that include a community-collaborative social entrepreneurship program, our own TEDx event, a speaker series, leadership workshops, and innovation and pitch competitions.

  • Spark, a Community-Based Social Innovation Challenge

    Spark is an innovation challenge focused on solving social problems in our community.

  • TEDxGrinnellCollege

    TEDxGrinnellCollege is an independently organized event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience.

  • Pioneer Weekend

    Pioneer Weekend is an opportunity for students to showcase and validate ideas, experiences, and innovation through a 3-day competition.

  • Speaker Series: Diverse Paths of Leadership & Innovation

    The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership sponsors a semester-long speaker series and an associated course for students.

  • Kinetic Sculpture Competition

    Teams of 2 or more Grinnell students come together across disciplines to create a sculpture that has a kinetic, or moving, component. Teams display their works for judging and potentially win cash prizes.

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    HackGC

    A weekend-long event where Grinnellians come together to collaborate, innovate and build technology (a minimum viable product/prototype) to help alleviate a social justice issue.

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