IdeaFestival 2015

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Stay Curious DC!

Join a unique group of thinkers, doers and innovators at IdeaFestival!

The IdeaFestival is an event that attracts and invites curious minds from around the globe to celebrate innovation, imagination and world-changing ideas. We invite you to apply to join Dr. Gunter, Ms. Colbert, and this unique gathering of leaders in Louisville and see where staying curious can take you!

Jay Gallentine

Space historian focusing primarily on unmanned planetary exploration. He has a reputation for stripping away technobabble to focus on the intimate human stories behind space missions. His lively and animated public talks have been well-received in classrooms, at science museums and comic-cons, and at space-themed conferences.

His first book, Ambassadors from Earth, broke new ground with its detailed account of the turbulent waters of gravity-assist history. Jay’s next book, Infinity Beckoned, will be released in the Fall of 2015.

Daniel Altman

Economist Daniel Altman comes to IF to detail his latest thinking and insights on how power structures, business trends and cultural patterns are influencing (and disrupting) the global economy…and to discuss one possible road map for the future.

Titus Kaphar

Painter, sculptor, installation artist and filmmaker. His work demonstrates a deep engagement with American history and culture, the intersection of the personal and political and exploration of race-related issues.

Ndaba Mandela

Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Co-Founder & Chairman of Africa Rising Foundation, Ndaba Mandela carries his grandfathers torch to keep its beacon of hope bright, fueling its fiery message that “one person can make a difference.”

Sage Galesi & Alisandra Puliti

Celebrity, Fame and Pop Culture

Actress, singer and songwriter Sage Galesi joins noted celebrity correspondent Alisandra Puliti for a timely and intriguing discussion surrounding our fascination with celebrity and pop culture.


Can any student attend?

Only 25 innovative and curious DCHS students will be selected.

What is the application process?

Click on the application link above and answer three simple questions.

IdeaFestival sounds AMAZING! How do I get there?

If you are selected to attend you will meet in Ms. Colbert's room at DCHS very, very, early in the morning on Friday, October 2. (4:45 AM).


The bus leaves at 5:00 AM sharp.

The bus returns at 5:30 PM.

You need to provide your own transportation to and from DCHS.

When will I know if I'm selected?

The students selected to attend IdeaFestival will be notified on Monday, September 28.