“With the opening of this building, the 1819 Innovation Hub, the University of Cincinnati is firmly putting a stake in the ground to lead the way and to build our future city,” said Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.
UC is no stranger to innovation. From the invention of cooperative education to the discovery of the polio vaccine, the university has long been known for fostering ingenuity. That remains true today, and innovators from several of UC’s colleges and student organizations were on hand to show visitors new advancements in virtual and augmented reality, drone technology, and more. And meanwhile, on the ground floor of the former — and Cincinnati's first-ever — Sears, Roebuck & Co. department store, visitors marveled as the 3D-printers in 1819’s 12,000-square-foot makerspace hummed and an enormous router sliced complex designs into wood.