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STEM/SHIFT 2024   An Innovation Summit

STEM/SHIFT 2024 An Innovation Summit

Friday, February 23, 2024 at 8:30 AM (EST) to Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 6:00 PM (EST)

University of South Florida (USF) Innovation Building

3814 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33612
United States

Event Details


STEM/Shift is a national summit focused on building momentum towards STEM business creation leveraging new use applications for NASA's patent portfolio of existing market-ready technologies. 

This event offers a hands-on immersive experience for college faculty, administrators, staff, workforce, and students from all academic disciplines and departments to learn, network, and celebrate innovation.

Attendees will apply invention mindset and design thinking in a Patenthon competition, in collaboration with  with NASA's Technology Transfer University (T2U).  NASA's Technology Transfer Program ensures that innovations developed for exploration and discovery are broadly available to the public, maximizing the benefit to the Nation. 

Why Participate?

LEARN about invention mindset and it's relationship to increased student success.

MEET educators and experts in STEM, arts, English, technology, and other disciplines.

ENGAGE in design thinking activities that lead to the creation of a prototype around a patent.

DEVELOP Empathy through learning about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

DIVE into product and business creation using a Business Model Canvas tool.

REFINE your presentation skills by engaging in making and pitch activities.

RETURN home with an expanded network, lesson plans, open-source resources.

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More about STEM/SHIFT Patenthon

The STEM/SHIFT patenthon event is building on the successes of the first event held in 2021 at NACCE member, Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fl. 

About the Tampa Area

Tentative Agenda

Day 1 Schedule: Friday February 23, 2024  

8:30 AM 

Check-In & Light Breakfast Provided 

9:00 AM 

Welcome & Introduction to the Event  

9:15 AM 

The Challenge, UNSDG’S

9:35 AM 

Overview Business Model Canvas

10:10 AM 

Break & Connect with Teams  --Teams meet and consider what challenge they will address.  

10:30 AM 

Begin the Design Thinking Sprint

12:00 PM 

‘Working’ Lunch Provided

During lunch, the Speakers/Advisors will give a presentation covering Customer & Market Discovery. Lunch will be provided!  

Overview of NASA Technologies & Gallery Walk’ of NASA Technologies

Teams will have the opportunity to view and ask questions about 9 NASA technologies that have been selected to highlight possible solutions.  

12:30 PM

Business Model Canvas & Team Building & Idea Development 

1:30 PM 

Teams Working Time 

3:00 PM 

Concept Pitch Deck Overview 

3:30 PM 

Day 1 Closing  

Please join us for Networking Reception immediately after closing at the Research Center Rooftop (Dinner on your own)

Day 2 Schedule: Saturday February 24, 2024

8:30 AM 

Check-In & Light Breakfast Provided 

9:00 AM 

Day 2 Opening   

9:15 AM 

Tech Talks  

We will be joined companies that have successfully licensed NASA patented technologies to learn more about their commercialization experiences. 

9:45 AM 

Teams Work on Concept Pitches 

Mentors will be walking around and available to work with your team. 

12:00 PM 

‘Working’ Lunch  Provided

Please feel free to continue working on your concept pitch throughout lunch with your team. Mentors will be available to work with you! Lunch will be provided. 

1:00 PM 

Concept Pitch Competition  

4:00 PM 

Next Steps and Winners Announced 

4:30 PM 

Day 2 Closing  

Ask me Anything Webinar

Need to know more about STEM/SHIFT?  Watch the recording and download the PowerPoint deck from the November 15, 2023 Ask me Anything Webinar.

STEM/SHIFT Ask Me Anything Power Point


Event Registration Information

Attendees may register as an individual or as a team and will collaborate to design products, services, and businesses that address societal challenges using NASA patents. After the summit, teams will have the opportunity to pursue the inventions and businesses with no royalties for the patents for the first three years. If the businesses are successful, NASA requires a 2% royalty fee in year four and beyond.

NACCE Member $75

NACCE Member Group (4) $250

NACCE Non-Member $100

NACCE Non-Member Group (4) $350

Register HERE

Want to serve as a mentor or ambassador at the Event?

Here are descriptions of each role:

1. Team Mentor: Teams will work through identifying a societal challenge using the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals framework, and then will be facilitated through a design thinking sprint, business modeling exercise, and pitch development for their prototype. Mentors will be assigned to a team and will help guide them along the various stages of the event program.

2. Event Ambassador: For those wanting to experience the event but not be on a team.  You can help with setting up the venue, managing attendee logistics, helping with food distribution, assisting facilitators, and answering general attendee questions.  

Click Here to indicate interest

If you are new to NACCE or have questions about membership, and learn more about the many benefits available. Contact our New Member Team at 413.306.3131, or via email

Hotel Information

Hotel Site One (May be sold out. See alternate hotels below):
Embassy Suites by Hilton – USF/Near Busch Gardens
3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
The hotel reservation phone number is 813.977.7066
Additional hotel questions can be directed to Maria at extension X 2026 

Hotel Site Two:
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham
3701 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Hotel Website: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham USF (Near Busch Gardens) - 
The hotel reservation number is: 833-441-1183

Hotel Site Three:
Holiday Inn Tampa North, an IHG Hotel
3751 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612 US
Hotel Website Link
The hotel reservation number is: 844-209-2083

Event Location Information

The event takes place in the USF Research Park Innovation Building

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