The Turkish Art of Marbling

Murat Gurer wanted to promote the Turkish art of marbling (EBRU) in Greater Cleveland. EBRU is a form of historical art technique, which is still a custom throughout the world. He pitched his idea to introduce this art and hold workshops to educate the community and eventually host a museum exhibition at Accelerate 2015. As…

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Cleveland Codes: Bringing Software Development to Low-Income Populations

With over 500 openings for software developers and coders, Cleveland desperately needs more tech talent. At the same time, for-profit software boot camps have become all the rage. On February 25, 2015, Matt Fieldman pitched his idea to address this issue: Cleveland Codes. Through philanthropy and social enterprise, he wanted to bring long-term careers in…

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A Celebration of Words: A Literary Unconference in the City

On February 25, 2015, Lee Chilcote pitched his ideas for a literary “unconference” in the heart of the city that would offer writing workshops, classes, talks, readings and performances. Its purpose, to foster and nourish the city’s literary community, expose youth and adults to writing and reading, and use the literary arts as a tool…

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Rust Belt Riders: Pedal-Powered Composting

Roughly 40% of all food grown in the United States is wasted, this at a time when 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. These systems need to change and the systems that combat inefficiencies need to be supported. Community composting offers everyone a way to fight waste and support new food systems. At Accelerate…

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The Cool School Rap Comic: STEM Curriculum in Comic Form

In 2015, Laura L. Balliett pitched her Cool School Rap idea at Accelerate. The Cool School Rap is an educational comic series that breaks down complicated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum into a highly visual, easy-to-read format. To go along with the comics, Laura envisioned creating lesson plans to deliver content and guide…

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