Your Cool

Innovate Your Cool (IYC) celebrates the power of cool ideas and its impact on Innovation, Music and Culture. The Innovate Your Cool Conference & STEAM Field Day program will pack inspiration, ideas and fun into Friday and Saturday, September 28-29, 2018.

About the Conference

In its third year the Innovate Your Cool Conference introduced over 700 attendees to forward thought by blending common themes within Innovation,  Music and Culture. Programming highlights included sessions hosted by global design firm IDEO, Professors 9th Wonder and Mark Anthony Neal and a innovation panel featuring Todd Olsen and Donald Thompson.

The 2017 Innovate Your Cool Conference also featured youth programming offered exclusively to area public school students. Students participated in interactive sessions on beat making and music engineering, coding and live science demos hosted by conference partner Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

We are looking forward to an excited 2018 Conference packed with a few additions and surprises, more information below on getting involved.

Pictured: Professor Mark Anthony Neal, 9th Wonder and Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse discuss the evolution of hip hop and its impact on the next generation at the 2017 Innovate Your Cool Conference.

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The Innovate Your Cool Conference is a one day experience full of interactive and educational content in the form of panel discussions, workshops and performances.

This year’s programming features discussions lead by Grammy nominated recording artists, workshops presented in partnership with North Carolina Central University's Fab Lab and rooftop performance to close out the day.

The goal of the Innovate Your Cool Conference programming is to expose traditionally disengaged communities to opportunities at the intersections of Music, Innovation and Culture.

All programming is FREE and open to the public.

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The Innovate Your Cool: STEAM Field Day is a student driven full-day experience packed with interactive STEAM based activities and live demonstrations.

All sessions are exclusively made available to students enrolled in selected Durham Public Schools that receive free or reduced lunch. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Impact Scientist from UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Fly Drones while learning to code and produce beats with the gramming winning production team, The Soul Council.

The Innovate Your Cool: STEAM Field Day free to all students who attend and made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors.

All programming is FREE and open to the public.

Pictured: IYC conference attendees enjoying the challenge of our WerkStatt Workshop in partnership with Moog Music at the 2016 Innovate Your Cool Conference.


The Art of Cool Project and its initiatives are sustained by our amazing partners. Each partner listed below is a dedicated contributor to our overarching mission of expanding the audience for jazz music through education.
Durham County
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