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What is Fuse19?

Fuse19 exists at the intersection of business and education — it is a conference for exploring the possibilities of design thinking, the maker movement, entrepreneurship and innovation. Hosted by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (MVPS), this multi-day experience brings leaders from education and corporate industries around the country to Atlanta, with the intent to inspire transformative impact and change. Participants will gain hands-on experience and build capacity as learners and leaders within their organizations and innovation teams.


Embrace Change.

In order to face the ambiguity of our future we must embrace change as our new normal and develop transformation know-how.

Design For Good.

The world craves people who want to design a better world. Participate in immersive experiences to learn how to work with real-world problems.

Start Anywhere.

Build capacity as a design thinker and get familiar with MVIFI’s design-thinking Compass as a framework for taking human-centered action.

Fuse19 is a three-day conference comprised of several component parts. On Wednesday, June 5, participants will hear Fuse Talks from our amazing speaker list. (A separate ticket may be purchased for those who only want to attend the Fuse Talks.) Think of it like a TED/TEDx event. On Thursday and Friday, June 6-7, people will engage in either the Fuse Sessions workshops or the Fuse Design Briefs track.

Fuse Talks

Wednesday, June 5, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A series of nationally renowned speakers from education and the business sector who will share TED-talk-like provocations and inspirations for exploring the frontiers of design for innovation in today’s world and tomorrow’s future.

Fuse Talks will be hosted at Mount Vernon School in the Black Box Theater – More Information

Speaker List

A.J. Juliani

Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District and Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Alyssa Gallagher

Founder of InProgress and author of Design Thinking for School Leaders: Five Mindsets that Ignite Positive Change in Schools

Edward Clapp

Principal Investigator at Project Zero and Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sylvia Martinez

Principal advisor to the Columbia University FabLearn Fellows, a research group of global educators sharing hands-on, minds-on projects and curriculum.

Thursday and Friday Tracks 

Thursday and Friday Tickets Include Admission to Fuse Talks on Wednesday, June 5.

Tracks will be hosted at Mount Vernon School – More Information

Fuse Sessions

Thursday and Friday,

June 6-7, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A diverse set of three-hour workshop sessions provide participants opportunities for deep dives into various topics centered on a myriad of design, maker and innovation topics.

Fuse Design Briefs

Thursday and Friday,

June 6-7, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This track is sold out! But you can add yourself to the waitlist!

An intensive design thinking experience in which participants provide design-thinking collaboration with for-profit or not-for-profit company partners while receiving expert coaching and guidance.


Sponsorship Opportunities

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities to showcase your brand and message to our audience.
See sponsorship levels and opportunities by clicking below.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

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