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The Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge Awards

On Sunday August 9th, 5 Rivers Metroparks and DaytonCreate’s Innovation Collaborative hosted the annual Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge. Sixteen teams competed in the event which highlighted the collaboration of artistic design and engineering invention to traverse the waters of the Great Miami River. The event was emceed by “The Commodore”, Jim Bucher of WDTN TV. Awards were given for the race itself as well as categories including Most Likely to Sink at the Dock, Best Costume, Engineering Creativity and Artistic Expression.

Award winning teams in all categories included:

Individual:
The Bucketeer – Engineering Excellence
Wilson – Artistic Creativity
Poor Man’s Kayak – Most Outrageous Costume
Dusty Bottom – Most Likely to Sink at the Dock

Individual Derby:
1st= Dusty Bottom
2nd= More Barrels of Fun
3rd= Hi-Jacked

Adult Team:
Chico de Barge – Engineering Excellence
Wok on Water – Best Use of Theme
Sea Worthy Sea Horses – Most Outrageous Costumes
Message in a Bottle – Most Likely to Sink at the Dock

Adult Team Derby:
1st= Dangerous Business
2nd= Sea Worthy Sea Horses
3rd= Barrel of Laughs

Youth:
Hoola Girls – Artistic Creativity

Spectators Choice Award:
River Rat


Register for the Walk on Water Challenge!

Walk on Water Pre-Registration 2009

Just download and follow the instructions to get registered for this year’s Walk on Water Challenge, a project of Innovation Collaborative and 5 River Metro Parks on Sunday, August 9, at Riverscape Metro Park. Preregistration is mandatory for entering the challenge!

If you can’t participate, come line the riverbanks between Riverside Drive and the Main Street bridges- you don’t want to miss the Outrageous River Derby!

Please download the document for more information.


OUTRAGEOUS RIVER DERBY: WALK ON WATER CHALLENGE

FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS invites you to enter the OUTRAGEOUS RIVER DERBY: WALK ON WATER CHALLENGE to be held at RiverScape MetroPark, between the Riverside Drive & Main Street bridges, on Sunday, August 9, 2009.

REGISTRATION:  NOON TO 1:00 PM (THE ONLY FEE IS YOUR TIME, TALENT AND CREATIVITY!)
Registration is located in the Career Academy parking lot (on the East Side of the building) off of River Corridor Drive in Downtown Dayton.

CLASSIFICATIONS:
Individual (18 years and older)
Adult Team (all 18 years and older)
Youth Team (12-18 years with at least one 18 years or older)

JUDGING “IN THE PITS”:  1:00 TO 2:00 PM
Trophies will be awarded in each classification for:
•    Engineering Excellence
•    Artistic Creativity
•    Most Outrageous Costumes
•    Most Likely to Sink at the Dock
•    Spectators’ Choice (Determined by the LOUDEST Cheering)

THE RACE:  2:00 PM (ISH)
Trophies are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place finishers.

LOCATION:  After Registration, participants will take entry forms to the RiverScape MetroPark Outrageous River Derby judging and race site by accessing and driving down the Great Miami River Recreation Trail from Webster St.  Only ONE vehicle per entry will be permitted to access the Recreation Trail.  All other vehicles may park in the Career Academy lot on the corner of Webster St. and River Corridor Drive.

RULES AND REGULATIONS
•    Each participant must complete an official registration form, on the day of the event, and sign a waiver of liability.
•    Each participant must provide and wear a coast guard approved life jacket at all times when on, or in, the river.
•    Each participant must wear shoes for safety.
•    No actual watercraft (boat or inflatable raft) or part thereof may be used in constructing an entry.
•    No motors of any type are permitted. Oars and paddles are OK.
•    Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park.
Some suggested materials for craft-making include wood, Styrofoam, plastic milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, tires, inner tubes, balloons, ANYTHING THAT FLOATS!

Pre-Registration is mandatory for entry. Mail or fax the completed form below to Outrageous River Derby, Five Rivers MetroParks, 1375 East Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45414.
Phone: (937) 274-0126                        FAX: (937) 222-7220
OUTRAGEOUS RIVER DERBY: WALK ON WATER CHALLENGE PRE-REGISTRATION FORM
Entry Classification (Circle One):    Individual    Adult Team    Youth Team
Number of Team Members: _______
Contact Person: _______________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________

Organization: ____________________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________ Zip: __________________


Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge

Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge
Sunday, August 9, 12 PM – 3 PM
RiverScape MetroPark

Join Five Rivers MetroParks and Innovation Collaborative for the Outrageous River Derby: Walk on Water Challenge!

Using non-boat materials such as wood, plastic milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, tires, balloons, or anything else that floats, participants will be challenged to build watercrafts that will enable them to “walk on water”.

So get creative and join in the fun! Participants will be judged on several categories including ‘most likely to sink at the dock.’ Judging begins at 1 PM followed by the race at 2 PM. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. Pre-registration is required and limited.

For more information or to register, please call (937) 274-0126.


Walk on Water Challenge Kickoff Event

Calling engineers, technicians, designers, and artists from the Dayton/Springfield region! It’s just 3 months until we put our inventions to the test on the Great Miami River.

Join us in the hottest creative space in downtown Dayton for a fun evening as we prepare for the Walk on Water challenge, the latest part of the Outrageous River Derby on Aug. 9

Meet with real artists and inventors!DaytonPatented

* Tec Edge (Wright Brothers Institute Innovation & Collaboration Center)
* City of Dayton / Dayton Patented
* Dayton Diode
* Dayton Creative Circus Collective
* Grass Guard
* Fab Lab (grassroots effort to create an MIT-like fabrication lab in Dayton)

SleepyBird

Fun, refreshments, and live music by one of the region’s most popular bands…SleepyBird.

Thursday May 14, 2009
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM


University of Dayton’s Issue Forum on Campus Energy Use

An offbeat video to promote the University of Dayton’s Issue Forum on Campus Energy Use has received more than 3,000 views on YouTube.


Innovation Collaborative 2009 Overview

Ever wonder why you instinctively know how a product could work better if only…? Do you get almost a visceral reaction when you see colors that don’t relate? Can you get a group of people to immediately understand what you’re trying to explain by sketching an overview of the concept? Do others call you a brainiac? Do you find yourself daydreaming in full color? Ever look at a body of water and say “man has conquered the sky and yet he still can’t walk on water”?

Then you are who we are looking for…

A brief overview of our initiative and the next exciting upcoming events:

Walk on Water Party Events and Dates:

You can participate in one or all of these fun and mind expanding events:

  • February Brainstorming Concept Events (2):

    Meet with other interested participants to foster an interactive dialogue on different approaches to finding a solution to the challenge. You will hear from an insightful speaker and have the chance to participate in some creative exercises.
    February 19 6:00P – 8:00P – Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 North Jefferson Street
    February 20 5:30P – 7:30P – Dayton Engineers Club, 110 East Monument Avenue

  • March Team Formation Party:

    Come join in the camaraderie and meet individuals who you can team with. Interact with people who think from the “other” side of brain and build alliances to find a solution to the challenge.
    Location and Date TBD

  • April Walk on Water Pool Party:

    Join with your fellow participants as you unveil physical representations of your solution to the challenge. Be it a model, a poem, a painting or an interpretive dance, you will showcase your ideas and vie for $500 in prize money.
    Location and Date TBD

  • August Walk On Water Challenge:

    Come to Riverscape and test your solution on the Great Miami. We are collaborating with the Outrageous River Derby and adding to an already great Miami Valley Event. Another $1,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.
    August: Riverscape

Who’s Eligible?

Anyone who has some creative instinct artistically, mechanically or otherwise to solve the unique problem that has been posed. Teams should consist of 2 or more members 1 with a designation of each member as either right brain or left brain inclined.

How are the Entries/Ideas Judged?

As contestants, don’t ask us what we mean by “walk on water” –tell us what you mean by walk on water! And present something that meets that definition.

Anything sustainable/green gets extra points.

Anything that has economic potential or can positively impact the region in a long term way gets extra points.

Aesthetic value gets extra points.

If it actually works, that’s even better!

Questions? Contact us at InnovationCollaborative@gmail.com


Brainstorming Concept Event – Dayton Engineers Club at 5:30pm

Meet with other interested participants to foster an interactive dialogue on different approaches to finding a solution to the Walk on Water Challenge.   (WOW) is a creative competition to address a unique challenge of the ability to literally (or figuratively) walk on water.  Teams comprised of Right Brain (artist types) and Left Brain (Engineering types) creative people will work together to offer a solution to the challenge.  The solution can take many forms; from a graphic image, to a prototype model to an actual invention that will be put to the test on the swells of the Great Miami River.  You will hear from an insightful speaker and have the chance to participate in some creative exercises.

February 20 5:30P – 7:30P – Dayton Engineers Club, 110 East Monument Avenue


WOW Brainstorming Event at DVAC at 6pm

The Walk on Water Challenge (WOW) is a creative competition to address a unique challenge of the ability to literally (or figuratively) walk on water.  Teams comprised of Right Brain (artist types) and Left Brain (Engineering types) creative people will work together to offer a solution to the challenge.  The solution can take many forms; from a graphic image, to a prototype model to an actual invention that will be put to the test on the swells of the Great Miami River.

February Brainstorming Concept Events: Meet with other interested participants to foster an interactive dialogue on different approaches to finding a solution to the challenge.  You will hear from an insightful speaker and have the chance to participate in some creative exercises.

February 19 6:00P – 8:00P  – Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 North Jefferson Street


Innovation Collaborative Meeting- to be rescheduled due to weather

It’s an open meeting and new volunteers are welcome to join us on Tues, Jan 27th at the Wine Gallery on the corner of Third & Wayne in Downtown Dayton


What happens when the right brain and left brain collide?


Whole Brain Summit at DaytaOhio

What Happens When Art and Science Collide

What Happens When Art and Science Collide

Join us at the Whole Brain Summit:
October 9 from 5:30-7:00 pm
at
DaytaOhio
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Room 280 Joshi Research Center
(on Wright State University)
Dayton, OH 45435

We will be introducing area artists, engineers and entrepreneurs to each other and to our collaborative mission. We want to stimulate the regional economy by tapping into our talent resources and getting left-brainers and right-brainers together to creatively problem-solve.

This year…we’re challenging the community to Walk on Water!
(and if you think you can…you can sign up at the Summit!)

The evening of the Whole Brain Summit will include networking, refreshments and a demo of DaytaOhio’s visualization tool, “The Cave.” A 3-D environment where you don’t just look at data… you experience it.

Space will be limited, so RSVP by emailing InnovationCollaborative@gmail.com and letting us know
if you are a left-brainer or a right-brainer!

Be sure to tell all your creative left and right brained friends!!!


Innovation Collaborative’s “Creative Beginning” Event Great Success, Whole Brain Summit Date Set

The Innovation Collaborative’s Creative Beginning event at the Dayton Engineer’s Club was a great success. Over 30 representatives from colleges, universities and organizations from around the region came to learn more about creating collaborative synergy among the Dayton region’s right-brained and left-brained creatives. Attendees listened to a presentation by Innovation Collaborative Co-Chair Patrick Martin and then networked and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres before going out to FiveRivers MetroParks’ Outrageous River Derby.

This is exactly what we’re about,” said Innovation Collaborative Catalyst Sarah Ammar. “We have artists and engineers here, students, professors and other professionals, and they’re all here because they want to stimulate the region by tapping into the talent we know is all over the area!”

The Innovation Collaborative’s next event, the Whole Brain Summit, will be held October 9th from 5:30 to 7:00pm at DaytaOhio, a local non-profit that integrates human factors design with innovative visualization and computing technologies.

We have a very cool venue for our Whole Brain Summit,” said Co-Chair Patrick Martin about DaytaOhio. “It takes both the left and right brain elements to incorporate some very cutting-edge technology.

One such technological amenity is the 3-D cave environment, where users can explore data visually and spacially. For example, one demo allows a user to walk through and around a rendering of the Pantheon.

For more information about the Whole Brain Summit or the Innovation Collaborative in general, contact Sarah Ammar at InnovationCollaborative@gmail.com.


Left-Brain/Right Brain Challenge Kickoff and the Outrageous River Derby

You are invited to the sneak peak of a fun, collaborative project between “left-brained” and “right-brained” types as Innovation Collaborative shakes up our regional talent.

Click the image to read the full size invitation, and don’t forget to stick around for the Outrageous River Derby!


Innovation Collaborative Flier

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Innovation Collaborative: Meeting Update

The Innovation Collaborative’s public meeting at the Cannery Art and Design Center went extremely well. The team now has the addition of four new creatives: Tom Ireland, Ilya Lisenker, Mike Madero, and Sandra Mikesell. The new additions really added to the team synergy and a lot of great new ideas were generated to fortify the Innovation Collaborative’s vision, and to make the “Walk on Water” event planning even more effective.

We will be teaming with Five Rivers MetroParks and in order to have adequate time to foster the collaborative- integrated process between artists, engineers, entrepreneurs and skilled workers- the “Walk on Water” event will take place in the summer of 2009.

In the lead-up to this event, the group is planning several events that showcase the collaborative process and keep the public involved and engaged in the process. Thursday night’s meeting included discussion about these lead-up events, and several great ideas were generated about the kinds of events that may be held. We also discussed some of the objectives of the Walk on Water challenge, and the practical applications that can come from the solutions to the problem.

The next group meeting will be the evening of May 15, but the exact time and location are TBD. Contact Sarah Ammar at sammar86@gmail.com for more information.



The Innovation Collaborative Initiative

The area’s rich concentration of artists, engineers and skilled workers are unique regional assets. Our mission is to integrate these talented groups into synergistic relationships to stimulate a stronger economy and promote job creation through innovative collaboration.

To initiate this collaborative discussion, our group will issue an annual challenge to collaborative teams of artists, engineers and skilled workers. This challenge will culminate in a celebration open to the community where these teams will unveil their innovative solutions. The first challenge will be to “Walk on Water.”

The Innovation Collaborative Team hopes to partner with local universities and businesses, civic organizations and government, as well as interested artists, engineers, skilled workers and entrepreneurs. The first challenge will likely be issued in the Fall of 2008, and the community event is anticipated to take place in Spring of 2009.

Team Members:
Sarah Ammar
Patrick Martin
Larry Jenkins
Ojustwin Naik
Art Williams
Sharon Williamson 

 Next Steps:
1) Research event logistics.
2) Formulate rules and requirements of challenge.
3) Develop collaborative partnerships with individuals and organizations.
4) Explore potential directions for seed-funding and “re-invent” programs.

The first public meeting will be held in mid-April. Volunteers and potential partners are encouraged to contact Sarah Ammar (sammar86@gmail.com).