ig·nite /iɡˈknight/ verb

• catch fire or cause to catch fire

• to pursue innovation intensely with powerful purpose

• how Golden Knights defy convention to innovate with impact



Clarkson Ignite Podcast

The Clarkson Ignite Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast meant to bring together individuals across Clarkson’s diverse campus and give the Clarkson Community interesting and unique content. Our hope is that you can walk away from our episodes learning something new and valuable; something that will inspire.

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Join us in the Studio


Projected Student Involvement in the ignite program is to have 50+ majors participating in the future.

Located in B.H. Snell Hall Room 238, the Studio is outfitted with materials for rapid prototyping and team collaboration. Thanks to a team of Clarkson students, a regular computer lab turned into a one-of-a-kind creative space that every student can use to experiment, invent and collaborate!

Clarkson Ignite is continually evolving to harness student ideas in order to cultivate a space where imagination, creation and innovation all belong.  There are numerous ways you can build your own adventure.

The Clarkson Innovation Network is always standing by with a facilitator on duty at the studio. Clarkson Innovation Network is a student-run organization that provides support to Clarkson Ignite's innovative studio spaces. The organization currently holds open hours in the Studio outside of regular operating hours. All are welcome to come and check out what the Studio has to offer and work with the trained members that are there to assist you.

Get more information about the Clarkson Innovation Network and open hours in the Studio here.

Ignite Events

Let's get experiential

Clarkson Ignite offers students a way to collaborate beyond the Studio through Ignite events held year-round. By inviting a variety of change agents from leading industries and forward-looking institutions to campus, students are able to learn from these leaders as they share insight, ideas and discussions on innovation and change.

Past workshops and speakers have covered topics like entrepreneurism, healthcare innovation, crowdfunding, startup pitches and studio design.


Ignite Fest - A new Clarkson tradition

On November 16, 2017, we held our first Clarkson Ignite Fest, beginning a new tradition that celebrates and encourages Clarkson’s innovation and organizational resources and activities. During the day-long fest, we hosted mini innovation activities that changed each hour, ending in an awards ceremony that featured prizes and an extra spark from the Clarkson pep band!

Find out how you can get involved in Ignite Fest 2018 by contacting Erin Draper.

939 Conversations between students & resource partners. That's more than 5 conversations/minute for three straight hours!

Explore Ignite for Yourself

Department Spotlight

Erin Draper

Erin Draper, the Managing Director of the Clarkson Ignite Program, has been honored by Northern New York Business Magazine as one of their 20 under 40 area leaders. Read More.


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