Help IMSA Name the IN2 AHC LaunchPad!

Press release from IMSA CIO Britta McKenna, 4/07/16

One “next big thing” at IMSA now under construction is an incredible Innovation Center called IN2 ( This first of its kind secondary school collaborative ideation, learning, and maker space opens the fall of 2016. IN2 enables students and educators, joining with entrepreneurs, business leaders, alumni, and educational partners, to co-create and realize the power of human innovation through the cross pollination of education, business and community talent immersed in a vibrant culture of innovation and education.

IN2 is home to two LaunchPad spaces, or small lockable offices – one will feature a STEM/Ed Tech start-up and the other will feature an IMSA student, alumni or faculty-staff led venture focused on advancing the human condition (AHC). The AHC venture will be selected through an application process and featured at IN2 for one school year at no charge with access to valuable IMSA and IN2 network resources. The venture (project or organization) must demonstrate the promise of advancing the human condition, specifically including or starting with a positive impact on the State of Illinois.

Here’s where we need your help…. The AHC LaunchPad needs a name. It is fitting that we look to our IMSA family to help us name the space (donated by Sam Yagan ’95 and Jessica Droste Yagan ’95).

Got some ideas for the AHC LaunchPad’s name? We want to hear them. Share your thinking here: The deadline is Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:59pm. The winning name will be announced by Friday, April 22, with its creator receiving fame, a free one year membership to IN2 and VIP invitation to the IN2 ribbon-cutting ceremony, AND a batch of Britta’s homemade fudge nut brownies.

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Through educating and charming impressionable young geniuses, Tracy Townsend aims to take over the world and eventually reshape it into her own image: a thoroughly terrifying prospect for anyone other than herself, but it's important to have goals. Especially the kind of goals that can inspire mobs of people to mobilize with pitchforks and torches. When not incrementally advancing her plans for world domination, she writes fantasy and science fiction, raises two innocent kids who probably deserve a more normal mother, and manages not to drive away her handsome and slightly bewildered husband.

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