Fall 2020 Calendar and Opportunities

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and for the safety of all students we are going fully virtual for Fall 2020.

HyperX Madison is excited to offer students unique opportunities for community building around the exploration of emerging technologies across industries. Students will have the option to form or join multidisciplinary teams working on sponsored projects or ideas of their own creation. Student teams will work alongside industry mentors as they explore their project and gain hands on experience, industry perspective, and new skills. At the end of the semester HyperX students will have the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Showcase, hosted by Hyper Innovation, highlighting their efforts this fall.


Introducing the HyperX Fall 2020 Student Project Opportunities

Photo by Sevie Kenyon/UW–Madison CALS
Dairy Innovation Hub Student Challenge and Cohort

The Dairy Innovation Hub, through CALS, challenges students from UW Madison, Platteville and River Falls to participate in a semester long cohort addressing issues faced by Wisconsin Dairy Farmers.

Student teams will compete for cash prizes centered on the four main themes of the Challenge, which will be announced at the Student Kick Off Meeting on September 21st.

Students will have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and gain hands on experience.

Photo by Lillian Stenz
Hyper Innovation Digital Health Test Bed Mini Challenge

Hyper Innovation, a Madison based innovation agency, invites students interested in exploring use cases for de-identified data and digital health technologies to participate in the Mini Challenge this semester.

Participating students will gain knowledge on healthcare AI, existing solutions, and up and coming technologies. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their insights at the end of the semester.

Students will have access to healthcare industry providers and experts to guide their exploration.

Photo by Holos
Holos Virtual Reality User Interface Project

Holos, a Madison-based spatial computing startup, is looking for students to who would like to explore novel user interfaces in virtual and augmented reality that are centered around the hands.

Students would present their ideas, and, ideally, implementations of new VR/AR user interface elements at the end of the semester. 

Students can expect to gain hands-on experience and connections within the VR/AR industry, and will get to leave the experience with a solid understanding of the market, the technologies, and the design approaches that we use every day at Holos.

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Tech Investigators Web Series

This web series seeks to answer the question: could the sci-fi technology of the past hold up to our tech capabilities of today?

Students interested in video editing, research, scripting, video production, and being ‘on screen’ are invited to participate.

Videos will be shared at the end of the semester.

Gain hands on experience, learn new skills and build your resume this semester.

Participate in a multi-disciplinary student community and make professional industry connections.

Photo by Brooke Strain
Personal / Team-Based Projects for Exploration

Students interested in pursuing their own interests, building a team around an existing idea, or learning more about the applications of an existing technology can DIY their experience with HyperX.

Mentors and resources will be available to assist in the hands on learning, and growth and development of existing ideas looking to expand.

Student teams will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the end of the semester.

Throughout the semester, make sure to check in and see what other events we may add including learning events, hack-a-thons, mini competitions (team or individual), challenges, and industry projects. Send an email to hyperxmadison@gmail.com to be added to our list for  announcements.


Fall 2020 Student Event Schedule

  • Virtual Student Info Session (RSVP for this event)

    September 14, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    Come to this open info session to learn more about HyperX, a student org for exploring and experimenting with new technologies, and the Emerging Tech Hub.

    We will also introduce the Dairy Innovation Hub (DIH), which focuses on addressing key challenges in the dairy industry as defined by the Dairy Task Force, a government initiative to revitalize the dairy industry. This Fall the DIH is hosting a student challenge to develop innovative new solutions to problems defined by the Dairy Task Force. Come to the info session to learn more!

    Everyone is welcome. No experience required. We will talk about opportunities for hands-on learning, participation in challenges, projects, and resources to either work on industry challenges or pursue your own interests.

    We invite students from all majors including engineering, computer science, business, communications, art and design, physics, anthropology and more.

    Coming to this session does NOT commit you to anything. You are welcome to just check it all out. We also can’t guarantee participation on specific projects but you will certainly be considered!

    RSVP for this event

  • Student Kickoff Night

    September 21, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    Come to this session with your ideas to discuss,  meet potential team members, and learn about industry projects, challenges, and other opportunities.  We will also talk about frameworks, expectations, and goals for the end of the semester.

    After the kickoff, selected teams are expected to virtually meet weekly to hear what others are working on, network, and work on projects.

    Students participating the in the Dairy Innovation Student Cohort will have additional meetings and responsibilities which will be outlined in the Kickoff meeting.

    RSVP for this event.

  • Dairy Innovation Hub Student Challenge Kickoff and Hack-a-thon

    September 26-27, 2020

    Students interested in participating in the Dairy Innovation Student Cohort are required to generate a project idea for the semester long cohort. Individual students or small teams will submit unique ideas to an online form. Selected student teams will be entered into a competition with the possibility of winning cash prizes at the end of the semester.

  • Open Work Session

    September 28, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    Hub staff and mentors will hold virtual office hours for consultation during open work sessions. These sessions are for teams to hear what others are working on, network, ask questions, and work on projects.

    HyperX Student Cohort and Dairy Innovation Student Cohort members will meet with their assigned mentors.

  • Open Work Session

    October 5, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    HyperX Student Cohort and Dairy Innovation Student Cohort members will meet with their assigned mentors.

  • Mid-Point Check in and Troubleshooting

    October 12, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    This session will be an opportunity for peer feedback and working through issues or areas of concern. Mentors will be present to give feedback on project progress and assist in strategy development for the remainder of the semester.

  • Open Work Session

    October 19, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    HyperX Student Cohort and Dairy Innovation Student Cohort members will meet with their assigned mentors.

  • Open Work Session

    October 26, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    HyperX Student Cohort and Dairy Innovation Student Cohort members will meet with their assigned mentors.

  • Open Work Session and Dry Run Prep

    November 2, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    This session will be an opportunity to prepare for a Dry Run including developing posters, running tests, or refining demos.

  • Dry Run and Troubleshooting

    November 9, 2020 6:00-7:30pm

    This session will offer the opportunity for practicing brief presentations and getting feedback from peers.

  • Dairy Innovation Student Cohort Industry-Internal Presentations

    November 17, 2020

    One-to-one presentations to industry partners and project sponsors via virtual platform. May also host a small session for teams to present to each other.

  • HyperX Student Cohort Industry-Internal Presentations

    November 17, 2020

    One-to-one presentations to industry partners and project sponsors via virtual platform. May also host a small session for teams to present to each other.

  • Dairy Innovation Symposium

    November 18, 2020

    Teams have the option to participate in a virtual showcase event for dairy industry leaders, university faculty and staff, and other interested parties.

  • HyperX Virtual Industry Event and Live Showcase

    November 19, 2020 3:30-4:30pm

    Teams have the option to participate in a virtual showcase event for industry and thought leaders, corporate and startup innovators, and university faculty and staff.