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Students and staff working to put on safe Imagine RIT Creativity and Innovation Festival

Jennifer Ly
Created: April 27, 2021 07:07 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Students of Rochester Institute of Technology are putting on their creative and innovative hats, as they are gearing up for the annual Imagine RIT Creativity and Innovation Festival on May 1.

For the first time in over a decade of hosting this festival, the event will be virtual. The online showcase now allows students from RIT’s international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo. 

“Imagine RIT is RIT’s premier event,” said Ann Miller, Director of Imagine RIT and Special Events at RIT. “It happens every year at the end of the academic year. It’s a chance for students to showcase all of their hard work, their research, their projects that they've put time and energy into.”

Students research, assemble and test their projects for the springtime showcase. Oftentimes, employers come through and recruit these students and their ideas and apply them to the real world.

“Twenty percent of diabetes patients about get this diabetic neuropathy, so this could get a great population of the U.S.,” said John McNicholl, an RIT student.

McNicholl is on a team with two other classmates, Abbi Miller and Brooke Stanley, where they designed a diabetic neuropathy footwear device that regulates temperature to improve the quality of life and help prevent foot complications for those with diabetic neuropathy. 

Other projects include a 3D printer that utilizes concrete, the cheapest building material, instead of plastic in an effort to be cost-conscious in manufacturing processes.

The virtual festival kicks off this Saturday, May 1 For more information you can visit RIT's website.

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