Center for Design Innovation receives gift from DataMax Foundation

The DataMax Foundation has awarded a $44,100 grant to the Center for Design Innovation (CDI) to support the development of the center’s maker space. The gift will be used to replace and upgrade computers and key software applications used by CDI’s Cultivating Future Innovators (CFI) program. Through its CFI program, the center will welcome lifelong learners into its new space to explore creative ideas, learn technical skills, prototype new inventions and connect with thought leaders at the horizon of the discovery economy.

“The technology upgrade in our maker space will enhance our ability to inspire creative discovery in computer graphics, computer programming, and 3D design technologies,” said Pamela L. Jennings, CDI director.  This local support will help nurture the next generation that will design and develop new ways of interacting, engaging, learning, producing, and commercializing new technologies. 

The Center for Design Innovation  is a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system. Located in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, the CDI is part laboratory, part workshop and part convening space. The Center is a visual gateway to a newly emerging Winston-Salem and the greater Piedmont Triad Region. As a new kind of incubator engine powering people across a region long known for its innovations in manufacturing and the arts, the Center works broadly with academic, business and local community organizations along with its founding academic partners Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College.  

by Center for Design Innovation

Published: Jan. 21, 2016