Southern Oregon Innovation Jam

Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University Team Up to Promote Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation in the Rogue Valley

Student innovators at Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University will get together and design solutions to some of the region’s most pressing problems on Saturday, Mar. 11 at RCC’s Table Rock Campus in White City, Oregon.

Student demonstrates visual prototype to two other students in cluttered classroom
Students in SOU’s Design Thinking course use human-centered design and lean prototyping to propose ambitious solutions to pressing challenges

Students will meet, form teams, brainstorm and devise solutions in the fast-paced, interactive innovation jam, advised by business leaders, innovators and educators from around the state, and guided by the prototyping methodologies of Design Thinking.

This event is co-hosted by Invent Oregon, the intercollegiate invention and innovation competition that engages aspiring student entrepreneurs from nearly every college and university in Oregon.

“Our innovation jam showcases the strengths of both RCC and SOU,” said Kim Freeze, Dean of Science, Art & Technology at RCC. “Our industrial technology students from RCC bring in expertise in tools, technology and manufacturing, while students from SOU’s courses in Design Thinking and Creative Entrepreneurship bring in the multi-disciplinary communication and collaboration skills needed to launch and scale a 21st-century startup.”

Students studying in any discipline at either RCC or SOU are invited to join this event.

Collaboration will kick-off at 9am at 7800 Pacific Ave, White City, OR 97503 (MAP LINK) . Students will work on prototypes through the day, with a keynote address, final pitches, feedback from local mentors and advisors and networking open to the public starting at 4pm. InventOR is generously catering breakfast and lunch for registered participants, please RSVP VIA THIS GOOGLE FORM to confirm your participation.

“This event promises to become an enduring tradition that inspires students and promotes big ideas in Southern Oregon,” said Erik Palmer, associate professor of Communication at SOU. “RCC’s beautiful facility is the perfect launchpad for student entrepreneurship in the region.”


  • 8:30am — 9:00am: Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am — 10:00am: Kickoff and Initial Instructions
  • 10:00am — 10:30am: Design Thinking Module
  • 10:30am — 11:30am: Problem Statement Introductions and Customer Interviews
  • 11:30am — 1:30pm: Mentor Guided Team Session
  • 12:00pm: Lunch Delivered
  • 1:30pm — 2:00pm: Pitch Design Module
  • 2:00pm — 3:00pm: Pitch Design
  • 2:30pm — 3:30pm: Pitch Coaching Session
  • 3:00pm — 4:00pm: Final Presentation Prep
  • 4:00pm — 5:30pm: Guest Speaker, Pitch for the Judges and Awards




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