FIESTA: Festival of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Science, Tech, & Art

FIESTA is a 4-day Festival to kick off the school year and celebrate Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, and Art at Rice University.

  • Discover the mind-blowing research and innovation from Rice University faculty, students, and alumni.
  • Connect with folks across many disciplines and industries who share your interests.
  • Learn about the resources and upcoming opportunities available to you at Lilie.
  • Be inspired to take the first steps on your own entrepreneurial journey.

We aim to inspire and expose students from all disciplines to mind-blowing research and innovation happening across campus. Over the four days, attendees will hear from keynote speakers, faculty researchers, and student innovation fellows about the incredible exploration being worked on by the Rice community. Attendees will also hear about the upcoming opportunities Lilie offers to support students in their entrepreneurial pursuits. 

Open to the whole Rice community!


Day 1 – Get Inspired

Monday, August 29 – 6-8PM @ Lilie (COB 130)

Get inspired by keynote speaker Jacob Robinson, Rice Professor and Founder of Motif Neurotech and then meet with Lilie mentors, who are excited to support students in growth in innovation.

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Day 2 – The Problem Space Buffet

Tuesday, August 30 – 6-8PM @ Lilie (COB 130)

Hear Rice faculty and students share the problem spaces that inspired their research and how their work is now changing the world.

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Day 3 – Entrepreneurship Resource Fair

Wednesday, August 31 – 9:30AM-12:30PM @ Central Quad in front of Student Center (in front of Brochstein Pavilion)

Come chat with various Lilie staff and entrepreneurial-minded student organizations that are open to new members and ideas!

Orgs joining us are: Rice Ventures, Rice Design, Design for America, Rice Women in Entrepreneurship, RiceApps, and Rice Blockchain Club. 

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Day 4 – Stepping Out

Thursday, September 1 – 5-6PM @ Lilie Outpost (McNair 217)

Connect with alumni whose experiences within Rice and Lilie have supported their present-day successes.

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