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  • Creative Adventure Lab 210 Jones Street Dubuque United States (map)


The College Innovation Series is a 1-day service-learning opportunity unlike any other. You will not only get to experience a proven innovation process, but you will also create actionable solutions that improve their community, engage with other talented college students from throughout the region, and build their professional network.

The College Innovation Series is for students of any school, any year and any degree. It utilizes Creative Adventure Lab’s proven IDEAthon model, which is a 1-day innovation process designed to be high energy and fun. There are even opportunities for students to win prizes for great ideas and everyone receives lunch & snacks throughout the day.

Creative Adventure Lab uses the IDEAthon model to help companies like John Deere, Alliant Energy, Hodge, and MercyONE engage their teams and create actionable ideas for challenges related to product line profitability, retention/recruitment, and community engagement.

More About IDEAthon

Get a taste of IDEAthon for yourself. Check out this video from an IDEAthon that helped Arts & Culture nonprofits in Dubuque.

Here’s what people say about IDEAthon!

"It’s not just about talking. It’s about applying processes to foster real innovation and collaboration." MARK DICKSON - General Manager, John Deere Dubuque Works

“I thought the process was fantastic and the facilitation was led in a great way to spur as many ideas as possible.” KURT STRAND - President & CEO, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

“The Creative Adventure Lab team is amazing. They helped us unleash employee innovation, solve key challenges, and create real value” JULIE BAUER, Executive Director, Alliant Energy Foundation

College Innovation Series 2019-2020 Schedule

IDEAthon Dubuque - strategies for increasing access to affordable housing

Fall 2019 date: November 9th at Creative Adventure Lab

IDEAthon Cedar Rapids - food insecurity

Winter 2020 date TBD* location TBD*

IDEAthon Madison - workforce diversity

Spring 2020 date TBD* location TBD*

*As dates & times are finalized we will update our website and Facebook events!


Your school can participate by completing a school registration, promoting the Innovation Series to your students, and supporting a small portion of the cost.

You’ll need to identify an innovation champion, who will work with us to engage students and ensure a positive experience for your school.

The cost to participate is $500, which allows up to 20 students from your school to participate.*

Register your college by contacting Eric Dregne at Creative Adventure Lab via email:

The College Innovation Series is powered by Alliant Energy and supported by The McDonough Foundation.

Their support has made it possible for your college or university to attend.

Earlier Event: November 2