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Alkek Technology Day

Alkek Technology Day

Hey Texas State Undergrads! As part of Innovation Week, the Alkek Library and the Division of IT (DOIT) have teamed up to host a full day of activities designed to introduce you to technology resources that are currently in the library, or will be added through upcoming renovations.

Alkek Technology Day consists of day and evening activities on Thursday, September 27. Learn more about workshop opportunities and the 360 Innovation Challenge below. All Alkek Technology Day events are official Common Experience Events and part of the 2018-19 theme on innovation.


The response to Alkek Technology Day has been amazing! Unfortunately, all of the workshops and the 360-Minute Challenge are now full. Please keep watching our Events Calendar for more activities like this. We will likely be offering these workshops again in the near future.


Introduction to GIS Technology

GIS Specialist Dr. Nathaniel Dede-Bamfo will introduce you to some selected popular GIS applications useful for research in any academic discipline. Attendees will acquire hands-on experience with GIS and learn how to make a basic map.
Alkek Room 101, 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.


Get creative and get coding with Dr. Sean Justice from the School of Art and Design as he demonstrates the micro:bits controller. This revolutionary device from the BBC and Microsoft opens physical computing interfaces to a wide range of learners, from complete novices to advanced UX designers. No previous coding or programming experience required. This is a hands-on, collaborative workshop.
Alkek Room 101, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

3D Printing

Learn the steps to create and print a 3D model in this workshop led by library and IT experts. This workshop will show you how 3D printing can be used for innovative problem solving.
Alkek Room 119, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Virtual Reality

Experience different levels of immersion through this guided workshop led by Jon Zmikly, Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. See what possibilities are available for virtual and augmented reality.
Alkek Room 118, Sign Up for one 45-minute session that takes you through all three activities. Your choice of available start times either 11:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:15, 2, or 2:45 p.m.

Rapid Prototyping

Learn how to prototype an app or website with no programming to get your ideas across quickly to an audience and test it on real users. Prof. Grayson Lawrence of the School of Art and Design will teach you how to do rapid prototyping and user testing.
Alkek Room 101, 2 to 3:20 p.m.

Design Thinking

Prof. Grayson Lawrence shows you how to organize ideas and target solutions before designing products or innovative solution designs. Students participating in the Alkek Technology Day 360-Minute Innovation Challenge are encouraged to attend in this workshop.
Alkek Room 119, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

360-Minute Innovation Challenge

About the challenge

Spend an evening at the Alkek Library working with other students, guided by industry professionals, in this fun marathon competition. Your team will propose a solution to a real-world problem that involves the use of technology and innovation. Participation in at least one Alkek Technology Day workshop is encouraged and will help you be successful in this competition.

You will record a video presentation explaining your innovative solution before the end of the evening. Register early to get your event T-shirt. Teams will be announced the night of the event. You may request one person to be on your team.

Alkek Room 105/106, 4:30 to 11 (first half hour will be introductions and instruction)

Participation swag and awards

  • Register early to ensure you get an event T-shirt.
  • Additional giveaways will also be distributed as the competition progresses.
  • Pizza, snacks and coffee will be served throughout the evening.
  • All presentation videos will be posted to this website after the event is over so you can show off to your friends, family and prospective employers.
  • The winning team will earn awards, bragging rights and a resumé-applicable honor.
  • Competition winners will be given tickets to the Common Experience Innovation through Music concert event on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Presentation of your award will be made at that event, so keep the evening open just in case.
  • Each member of the winning team will be given a $100 cash award from the Greater San Marcos Partnership.

Challenge Hints

Follow the Alkek Library and DoIT social media channels and download the TXST Mobile app on your phone with notifications enabled to find hints about the challenge problem.

360-Minute Innovation Challenge Schedule

Check-in 4 to 4:30 p.m. Alkek 105/106
Instructions Begin 4:30 p.m. Alkek 105/106
Challenge Announced and teams begin work 5:00 p.m. Alkek 105/106, 101
All work on project ends 11:00 p.m. Alkek 108, YouStar Studio
Judging Friday morning  
Teams notified of who won the challenge Friday afternoon  
Winning team presented their award Friday, 7:30 p.m. PAC


Registration for the 360-Minute Innovation Challenge is open and nearing capacity. If your registration comes in after we have reached our limit, you will be notified that you have been placed on our wait list. We will notify you as soon as a space opens. Be sure sure to register before noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18 to be guaranteed an event T-shirt in your designated size..

Workshops Schedule

Introduction to GiS 9 to 10:20 a.m. Alkek 101
Coding 11 to 12:20 p.m. Alkek 101
3D Printing 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Alkek 119
Virtual Reality

11:45 to 12:30 p.m.

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.,

1:15 to 2 p.m.

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. or

2:45 to 3 p.m.

Alkek 118
Rapid Prototyping 2 to 3:20 p.m. Alkek 101
Design Thinking 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Alkek 119


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Greater San Marcos Partnership