April 03, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Two Bucknell University alumni will discuss their entrepreneurial successes on Saturday, April 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The ICE talks — Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship — will include Muyambi Muyambi, a 2012 Bucknell graduate who started Bicycles Against Poverty, and Richie Hyden, a 2012 graduate and co-founder of IRIS.TV, a video recommendation technology company based in Los Angeles.

Muyambi's talk, "African Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Meets the Shark Tank," will examine how creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation is viewed in Uganda and around Africa, what challenges entrepreneurs face, and how other entrepreneurs and innovators around the world are leveraging what is going on in Africa.

Muyambi and Molly Burke, a 2010 Bucknell graduate, were honored as Travelers of the Year by National Geographic. Muyambi, who holds a dual degree in civil engineering and economics, is with Clark Construction.

Hyden's talk, "The Challenge," will explore the nature of disrupting the status quo and using history as the basis for change in the future. A water polo captain and All-American as a Bucknell student, Hyden played professional water polo in Europe and Australia before officially co-founding IRIS.TV.

Joining Muyambi and Hyden will be two Bucknell professors — Joseph Tranquillo, biomedical engineering, and Erin Jablonski, chemical engineering.

Tranquillo's talk, "Bodies in Motion," will explore how over the past decade he has taught innovation through movement to audiences ranging from kids' birthday parties to college students to seasoned entrepreneurs.

Jablonski's talk, "The Joy of Opportunity Recognition," will examine one of the defining characteristics of the entrepreneurial engineer — continuously challenging conventions that are inefficient or unsustainable — and using awareness, curiosity and optimism to effect change.

"The goal of the event is to inspire students' interests in innovation, foster the entrepreneurial campus culture, and promote the I&E ecosystem at Bucknell University," said event organizer Yifan Ge, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and computer science at Bucknell.

"This event invites successful alumni and faculty with entrepreneurial mindset to talk about their vision and understanding of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. I believe making events like this available to students will gradually generate a momentum that pushes the campus culture more toward innovation and entrepreneurship," he said. ||  Facebook link