Awakening: Ingenuity Cleveland 2016

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Awakening: Ingenuity 2016

The 2016 IngenuityFest (@Ingenuityfest) weekend took place on Friday, September 23rd, through Sunday, September 25th. This is the fifth annual blog post I have written about IngenuityFest, plus I have written about other Ingenuity Cleveland-sponsored events (see list below of related blog posts).

Every year, I try to live the full IngenuityFest experience by attending all three days and talking to as many exhibitors as possible. It was really great this year to reconnect with some of the artists and techies I met in previous years, and get to know some tech people that I had read about online, but had not met in person. IngenuityFest is like an annual reunion of creative people in Cleveland!

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I learned from this excellent Cool Cleveland (@CoolCleveland) article, VIDEO: IngenuityFest Awakens in 2016, that this year was going to be different -- new mission -- new location.

Please learn more by watching this interview by CoolCleveland’s Thomas Mulready of IngenuityFest Program Director Emily Applebaum. (Note: I read on IngenuityFest's history web page that Thomas Mulready and James Levin founded IngenuityFest in 2004.)

Here is the official Awakening: Ingenuity 2016 brochure that presents information about the changes happening with Ingenuity Cleveland.



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(Download Awakening: Ingenuity 2016 brochure PDF version here)

Here is the official IngenuityFest 2016 description and Ingenuity’s Mission:

IngenuityFest 2016


Ingenuity is SO excited to say that we have a new location for the 2016 Festival. For the first time in our organization’s history, we’ll be moving outside the downtown core into the Saint Clair Superior neighborhood at the corner of E 53rd and Hamilton Avenue.

We’ll be moving into the former Osborn Industrial Complex – a company that occupied the building for over 100 years, manufacturing industrial brushes. While the building is over 350,000 sq. ft, we’ll be occupying about 50,000 of that. What will you find, you ask?

  • Makers
  • Interactive Installations
  • Music
  • Local Vendors
  • IngenuityLABs
  • Food

What you need to know:

Dates: September 23-25, 2016


Friday, September 23: 5pm – 1am

Saturday, September 24: 12pm – 1am

Sunday, September 25: 12pm – 5pm



  • 12 & Under – FREE
  • Individual Day Pass – $5
  • Individual Weekend Pass – $10

Got a family of 4 or more? Enter promo code INGFRIEND to get $1 off day passes or $3 off weekend passes!

Please contact for group (15+ people) rates!

Ingenuity’s Mission:

Ingenuity’s mission is to ignite the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform to explore the boundaries of art and technology.

Our core values are to showcase innovation through collaboration, promote excellence, inspire and engage new audiences, and energize and transform urban environments. Ingenuity provides the catalyst for creative connections among artists, innovators, and audiences.

Through its annual Festival, educational outreach, and awareness-building efforts, Ingenuity revitalizes and reinterprets Cleveland.

We’re fulfilling this mission at our annual festival and all year long through:

Hands On Technology Education

Interactive and Multimedia Artistic Projects

Inspiring and Unique Performances

Talks and Forums that Bring Together Creatives from All Walks of Life

Day 1: Friday, September 23, 2016

The best part about Day 1 was talking to some of the creative people I had met at IngenuityFest 2015, and meeting new people who were sharing their talents at this year's event. It was interesting to hear from several people I know how much they liked the layout of the new location this year. People seemed to go out of their way to praise the venue.

Here are my Day 1 photos, followed by tweets.

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Here are my tweets and retweets from before the IngenuityFest weekend, and those I shared on Day 1. They tell the story of this event:

Day 2: Saturday, September 24, 2016

On Day 2, I was joined by Julie, my co-blogger and wife. We ended up staying well into the night at IngenuityFest Day 2, since there was so much to see and do. Here are my photos and tweets from the day:

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Day 3: Sunday, September 25, 2016

I had limited time in the late afternoon on Day 3, since I had another event to attend that Sunday. My family was participating in the "Remembering the Sights and Sounds of Euclid Beach Park" event, where my son displays his memorabilia collection.

Though I had a relatively short time, I was glad I visited IngenuityFest again -- a great way to end a fun weekend!

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Thank You, Sponsors

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Many events I attend in Cleveland are made possible by some of these top-level sponsors of IngenuityFest (just take a look our past blog posts), and for that I am most grateful!

What Others Say

Here are some articles that others have written about this great Cleveland weekend event:

Related Blog Posts

With IngenuityFest (@Ingenuityfest) featuring both technology and art -- areas that I am interested in -- it is of no surprise that I have been writing about IngenuityFest from the time I started writing my blog in 2012. Learn more by reading my related blog posts from past years:


I have been writting about IngenuityFest since 2012, but I have been taking my famly to this great event for even longer. Founded in 2004, this year marks the 13th year for Ingenuity Cleveland's IngenuityFest -- I look forward to many more years as they evolve to fill a new role in the technology and arts community of Cleveland.