Forge Idea Festival is coming up this week in Jonesboro. The festival is designed to bring various ideas together, foster community and inspire interest in various aspects of the creative industry. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th at the Delta Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.
Forge began in January of this year when Steven Trotter and his team decided to help bring some continuity to several like-minded organizations.
. . we decied to organize the disparate grassroots groups under on umbrella orgnization. We had groups like Jonesboro Makerspace, Jonesboro Garden Association, Northeast Arkansas Agrarian Society, Refresh Jonesboro, etc.
Others as well. Those have all been distilled and orgnized into committees and volunteers of like-minds and missions into our four departments.
Forge has been involved in various projects the past year including painting the Monroe Crossing Street to help with the April pop up event, built several free tiny libraries and now, the Forge IDEA Fest.
According to the website:
Forge Arkansas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stimulating innovative and entrepreneurial activity by creating a collaborative ecosystem in Northeast Arkansas.
They will accomplish the task with a makerspace network, a business incubator and acceleration, a local food and gardening network, and community enrichment and quality of life.
This coming Friday and Saturday, June 13th, is the Forge IDEA Festival.
Trotter explained that the concept, a local spin from its BarCamp.
We decided to change Barcamp Jonesboro up a bit to fall under the mission of Forge Arkansas – to include more than just the “tech geeks”. Forge IDEA Festival has been tailored to create an environment for creative, innovative individuals in technology, business, the arts, sciences, agriculture, and philanthropy who want to share ideas, raise questions, and inspire thoughts that then lead to actions. We have setup a day of speakers that are known in their industries as mentors, set aside extra time a breaks for networking and even set aside additional empty rooms for attendees to break into their own conversations.
Trotter even hinted at a Fall event that will be for teenagers.
Sponsors for the IDEA Festival include some pretty impressive organizations such as Innovate Arkansas, HARK, Winrock International, Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, First Security Bank, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and Sticker Mule.
Should you decide to make it to IDEA Festival, Trotter has a reminder for you, “One person at IDEA Festival will take home a Printrbot Simple and a ton of filament thanks to AMS.”