University of Wisconsin–Madison

Event Schedule

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March 29 & 30, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
The Transcend Madison competition brings students from all across UW Madison to demonstrate their novel ideas and creations. Anyone can compete—all you need is an idea. However, this competition will combine all aspects of entrepreneurism, so a winning ideas exhibit a novel idea, a valid prototype, a tested business model and most importantly, great execution.

March 30 – April 6, 2017
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The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the Department of Communication Arts. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation.

The Festival is known for its diverse film offerings: American independent, international cinema, documentaries, experimental and avant-garde, restored classics, the Wisconsin’s Own Competition (selections featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings) and Children’s Cinema: Big Screens, Little Folks. We strive to make films screened during the Festival accessible for all audiences.

Eric Fritz, Founder of KEVA Sports Center

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
5110 Grainger Hall
Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, March 29 to meet Eric Fritz, Founder of KEVA Sports Center. Eric wanted to own his own business and be involved in active endeavors. After graduating from the UW-Whitewater where he played soccer, Eric moved to Madison where he owned and managed Soccer World. After 16 years in business, KEVA is south central Wisconsin’s best indoor recreational facility. KEVA draws over 300,000 people to its facility each year and the numbers are growing.  RSVP to 


John Roach, Emmy Award-Winning Television, Film Producer and Screenwriter and President of JRP

Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
5110 Grainger Hall
Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, April 5 to meet John Roach, Emmy Award-winning television, film producer, screenwriter and president of John Roach Products, a video and film production company. John, along with Mary Sweeney, co-wrote the screenplay for The Straight Story and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. John was a producer at CBS and ABC in Chicago. He wrote a book, Way Out Here in the Middle, and writes a monthly column for Madison Magazine.  RSVP to 


Trent Jackson, Founder, CEO and President of ROUGH Sportswear

Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
5110 Grainger Hall
Cost: FreeCome join us on Wednesday, April 12 to meet Trent Jackson, Founder, CEO and President of ROUGH Sportswear. Trent is directly responsible for the overall brand development and managing the day-to-day operations of the company including selecting ROUGH’s merchandise, overseeing the advertising and marketing strategy, and continuing to expand and grow the ROUGH Movement. He was also a member of the Wisconsin Badger Men’s Basketball team when at UW.  RSVP to


Mark & Ryan Meester, Meester Capital and Meester Capital Real Estate LLC

Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
5110 Grainger Hall
Cost: Free
Come join us on Wednesday, April 19 to meet Mark & Ryan Meester of Meester Capital and Meester Capital Real Estate LLC. The company invests in a diversified portfolio consisting of startup companies, equities, fixed income instruments and real estate projects. Both are graduates of the Business School. Mark has worked at EY, Mirus Corporation and Pharmasset before starting Meester Capital. Ryan also works for Edgewater Ranzal as director of strategic planning.  RSVP to


April 7 & 8, 2017
Engineering Campus

Engineering EXPO is a two day event held annually at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering. EXPO is run entirely by students and has historically brought over 10,000 visitors to campus annually.  Participants at EXPO include Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations on campus, individuals displaying their engineering projects and ideas, and thousands of students and members of the community.  Over the two days of EXPO, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are invited to explore what engineering involves. Each day the event is open to the public.

The UW COMPUTER sciences NEST contest

April 7, 2017
Computer Sciences Building

The CS NEST Contest has a simple goal: i.e. to encourage creative software development. As a student you can work on any project of your choosing (e.g. develop desktop, web, mobile software, or software for a robot) and enter it into the contest. You can even use the contest as a way of launching your own business, as some past NEST winners have done! The contest culminates with the Contest Day in April. On the Contest day participants present their projects to a panel: the winners walk away with thousands of dollars in prize money, and everyone walks away with an amazing experience in building something from scratch and seeing it all the way through – a skill that will serve you well in your career.


April 12, 2017
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Mechanical Engineering Building Lobby

This event brings engineers to campus to showcase innovation in the workplace and what ideas they work on every day.  It is a window into life of an engineer after college.  Students will enjoy engaging with engineers that apply their creativity and engineering mindset to projects every day.  Light appetizzers and refreshments will be provided.

2016 participants included: Altria, Badger Hyperloop, bb7, Bemis, Caterpillar, Epic, Ford, GE, Kohler, Milwaukee Tool, Oshkosh Corporation, Plexus, Thermo Fisher

CALS Undergraduate Research symposium

April 18th, 2017
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Microbial Sciences Building

The CALS symposium allows undergraduates to communicate their research findings either through a poster or brief slideshow presentation.  If you have questions, you can contact


April 19th, 2017
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Room 3245, Nancy Nicholas Hall, School of Human Ecology

Peter Krsko and visiting artisit Katie Schofield will present an artist talk as part of the UW-MANIAC talk series.  Advanced registration is required.  Click here to sign up.

Alliant Energy case competition

April 20, 2017
Alliant Energy Campus

At the beginning of the spring semester, Alliant Energy presented students with a problem statement focused around three key elements in the energy industry:  Competitive costs, safe and reliable service, and responsible use of resources.  Multi-disciplinary student groups were tasked with presenting solutions for our future energy consumption for cash prizes.  Students will present their ideas to Alliant Energy leadership during Innovation Days 2017.


April 28, 2017

The Wisconsin School of Business will relaunch the Business Plan Competition in April 2017.  More to come.


April 28th, 2017
3:00 PM
Union South

This event is a celebration of the Wisconsin Idea embracing education beyond the classroom.  As part of our Campus Craft Brewery, our students work with industry professionals from creation to full-scale brewing and marketing of a new beer.  This year, the Department of Food Science is partnering with the Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum, the School of Journalism and Wisconsin Brewing Company.  The beer, Red Arrow [ale Ale, is named after and in honor of the Red Arrow Division, which originated 100 years ago this year.


April 28, 2017,  3p – 5p

Grainger Hall, Plenary Room (1310)

The UW-Madison New Arts Venture Challenge is a campus-wide competition to encourage new thinking and innovative ideas. Entrants will develop and submit a thorough proposal for an arts event, exhibition, series, commercial venture, or other artistic projects.


April 30, 2017
Madison Masonic Center, 201 Wisconsin Ave

The Threads Fashion Show is an annual celebration showcasing student work from the Textiles and Fashion Design Program in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison.  This large-scale design and fashion event is produced with the collaborative participation of students across campus.  With music, lights, performance and runway.  Threads seeks to engage the Madison community in the excitement and appreciation of contemporary design.  The 2017 theme is Ensemble.