The Idea Garden is open at IUPUI

Cutting-edge space gives students, faculty, and staff the chance to explore new tools, make connections with the Indy tech community

REALITY CHECK. Students try out HTC Vive virtual reality headsets at the opening event.

The Idea Garden, an innovative space where students, staff, and faculty can find inspiration, opened October 3 in Hine Hall at IUPUI.

Green idea garden t-shirts are given out

 A comfortable space, designed for students to work and collaborate, the Idea Garden is anchored by a huge monitor wall and is outfitted with the latest tech for personal and professional growth, including:   

  • HTC Vive virtual reality headsets
  • Dell Canvas 27” display tablet
  • Surface Studio 28” all-in-one display tablet
  • Liquid cooled high performance work stations
  • Lulzbot 3D printers

A drawing tablet is displayed with some artwork

Work of art. This image was created by Cassandra Jones, Idea Garden lab coordinator, on the Dell Canvas display tablet.  

With Julie Johnston, director of Learning Spaces, at the helm, the space was envisioned as a place to create connections between IUPUI students and the emerging Indianapolis tech community.

Students check out an IQ wall with google maps on it.

What a wall. An IQ-wall, made up of eight touchscreen panels, can display student projects for collaborative work, or serve as a test site for apps developed for kiosks.  

Julie Johnston describes what students will find in the Idea Garden >>

The space hosts regular events for students, including late-night brainstorming sessions, portfolio review nights, and developer nights. They also plan to bring in outside groups from businesses both big and small to host informational sessions and demonstrations. Follow Idea Garden on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on the latest events.

Idea Garden

Hine Hall, Room IP106

Open M-F, 8am-8pm