Oregon Tech holds high school and college innovation clinic to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in Klamath County

26 Oct 2022, KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech welcomed 100 high school and college students to campus on October 21 On your marks, get set, innovate, a one-day innovation clinic to inspire innovative and entrepreneurial thinking. The event brought together high school students from Henley, New Horizon Christian, Klamath Union, Lost River and Mazama; Klamath Community College students; Oregon Tech students; community mentors; and volunteers to learn creative, team-based approaches to problem solving.

Ready, Set, Innovate received seed funding from the Lemelson Foundation and the Oregon Tech President’s Office sponsored the event. The Klamath County Economic Development Association, the South Central Oregon Economic Development District and the Klamath Falls Downtown Association participated in the planning committee and were instrumental in the event’s success.

Keynote speeches were given by Jacques Zaneveld, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Lazarus 3D, and Hannah Levine, Captain of Global Development at Ninja Mountain Bike Performance. George Hines, Lithia Motors & Driveway’s senior vice president and chief innovation and technology officer, helped design and deliver workshops at the event.

dr Zaneveld, a self-confessed professional scientist and entrepreneur, co-founded Lazarus 3D in 2014 after realizing that his 3D printing hobby had the potential to revolutionize medicine. He developed the world’s first FDA-cleared platform for practicing surgery on 3D-printed replicas of patients’ organs that cut and bleed. Lazarus 3D’s patented preoperative surgical replication (Pre-Sure) technology was rolled out this year in leading hospitals across the United States

With the introductory remarks, Dr. Zaneveld the students not to give up. “You have to start somewhere. Start doing something,” he said. “It’s easy to say it’s impossible, but just do something. It doesn’t matter what it is; build a product and get someone to pay you for it. Keep the vision and keep reinventing…when you see a big problem in the world, go after it. And you will solve it.”

Participants participated in design thinking workshops and a community panel presentation to connect students with the community and foster a culture of collaboration. The workshops were moderated by Hines who helped prepare the workshops based on his experience in Design Thinking Innovation and global perspective. A group of Oregon Tech students who were trained by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design to become University Innovation Fellows, helped lead the workshops.

Levine, co-owner of Ninja Mountain Bike Performance, closed the event and encouraged attendees to push the odds and don’t let stats get in the way of achieving their goals. Levine was diagnosed with cancer early in her life and said she had a 50% chance of survival and statistically beat the odds.

“Instead of focusing on the half-empty glass or the 50 percent chance of survival over a five-year period, I just knew I couldn’t read anything or predict the future of my outcome,” Levine said. “I’m still here, still playing football and encouraging students to do that. Some of the hurdles they might face that they can dwell on or worry about, they just have to start taking steps in the other direction to get them done.”

Levine has helped build Ninja Mountain Bike Performance into one of the largest providers of mountain bike skills training in the country.

Hannah Levine, Ninja Mountain Bike Performance 2

On your marks, get set, innovative students

Jacques Zaneveld Lazarus 3D

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