“The 1819 Innovation Hub is one of the key pathways of our Next Lives Here strategic direction,” said UC President Neville Pinto. “As 1819 begins its work with an all-star line of partners already signed on, we look forward to creating a new and powerful dynamic in Cincinnati’s innovation ecosystem.”
Pinto and Chief Innovation Officer David J. Adams will host the ribbon-cutting with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber President Jill Meyer and Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati President Kimm Lauterbach. The ceremony will be held inside the building in the second-floor multipurpose room.
“This is a significant moment in time for our university and for our community”, says Adams. “President Pinto charged me with creating ‘the front door’ to connect the world to our great university. The grand opening of 1819 represents a major step forward and a celebration for all of us. Next Lives Here is our strategic direction, and the 1819 Innovation Hub is where next happens.”
After the ribbon is cut, guests will be able to explore all four floors of the building, including the 3D printers, wide-format printer, laser cutter and more in the makerspace on the first floor. The open house will offer visitors the chance to interact with innovators, attend demonstrations of UC-developed technologies and explore the fully renovated 133,000-square-foot building. More than two dozen innovative student and faculty groups will be on hand to showcase their cutting-edge research in drones, transportation, education, medicine, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and information technology.