Youth Innovation Summit

Youth Innovation Summit

The Triangle Uplift Foundation is proud to partner with the Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and Cary Academy to sponsor the 2019 Youth Innovation Summit. The goal is to reach minority, female, and other underrepresented students by providing an opportunity to increase students’ confidence and identity, and to inspire them to pursue study in STEAM-related fields of study. The Summit will provide a rich, collaborative environment exposing them to innovative ideas and programming that will ignite their interests and help them see pathways to a successful future in these careers. The 2019 event will target students in grades 5-12 in the Triangle area. There will also be STEAM innovation immersion sessions for parents on how to support their students.

Date: Saturday, January 19th, 2019 – 7:30am—3:45pm to align with Martin Luther King Jr. weekend activities.

Location: Cary Academy, Cary, NC

The 2018 Youth Innovation Summit served over 230 triangle-area students in grades 6-12. Students engaged in a variety of activities including hands-on workshops and a keynote address from Ben Crump Esq. Workshops provided opportunities ranging from forensic chemistry- extracting DNA from a strawberry to Analytics- analyzing data from planes flying overhead in real time. Other STEAM activities included robotics, programming and gaming, digital storytelling, and beats making. For a full list of 2018 workshops and workshop leaders see below.

2018 Student Sessions





Digital Music


Video/Film Production




SAS- “Data on the Fly”
Aisymmetry, LLC
SAS Code Snap
Bavel Blocks
Code Edge Inc
Spoke Hub
Communities in Schools- Wake
Playground Studios
Malkuta Project
Too Much TV
NC DOT Aviation

2018 Parent Sessions

Speakers included Rene Daughtry; Dr. Jerry Bettis- GAD Consulting Services; Dr. Patricia Flowers- Winston-Salem State University and Ace Flight Academy.