Category: Spark!

BU Spark! introduces new staff members

BU Spark! is excited to introduce new staff members Lydia Holck and Isabel Torres to the Spark! community. Lydia is Spark’s! new outreach director, overseeing day-to-day programs and activities. Isabel is Spark!’s new community and outreach manager, focusing on building and supporting the ever-growing Spark! community. “I’m thrilled that Lydia and Isabel have joined our […]

Spark! Demo Day Fall 2022 Changes Locations and Sets Record

By now, it’s essentially a fact that Spark! students continuously show up and show out, and Fall Demo Day 2022 was no different. In record fashion, almost 220 people came together in the Questrom School of Business Auditorium in person and virtually to witness what’s been a semester’s worth of innovation for students in the […]

BU’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences, the University’s Most Environmentally Sustainable Building, Officially Opens Doors

It wouldn’t be a proper opening of the most environmentally sustainable building that Boston University has ever seen if it wasn’t in a climactic fashion. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu stood alongside BU President, Robert A. Brown, distinguished members of CDS faculty, City Counselor Kenzie Bok, and Dean of Arts & Sciences, Stan Stan Sclaroff, for the […]

Spark!’s Annual Mini Hack Helps Sustainability Initiatives Thrive

For most of us, a standard 9 to 5 day usually means slowly chipping away at project. For the Welcome Back Mini Hack participants, they only had eight hours to create an entire game or app at Spark!’s annual hackathon. This year, the festivities were amplified with a newly added partner to the mix, SHPE-BostonU. “Today we fostered […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with SHPE President, Arturo Garcia Ovalles

Amplifying Latino voices is a year-round effort that doesn’t end with Hispanic Heritage Month, a sentiment that Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SPHE) President, Arturo Garcia Ovalles (ENG’23), is familiar with. SHPE is the nation’s largest association dedicated to fostering Hispanic leadership in the STEM field, and the Boston University chapter of the organization is no different. […]

Spark! Hosts Most Successful Demo Day to Date

Over 200 people laid eyes on Spark! students at the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester with one intention: to witness the debut of groundbreaking technology that the marketplace hasn’t seen. Attendees gathered in person and virtually in the George Sherman Union at Spark!’s most successful Demo Day to date. Throughout the semester, students in the […]

The Latest Move to Revolutionize Diversity in Tech: DEI Town Hall

The absence of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry isn’t just a surface-level issue. The homogeneity in the field is a major reason that flaws exist within emerging technology. It’s hard to ignore the disparities that have become overwhelmingly obvious — just think about facial recognition’s algorithmic bias that harms communities of color.  BU’s […]

Spark! Alum, Where Are They Now? – Josh and Jameson Hollis

Spark! alum continue to carry their innovative mindsets and creativity beyond their undergraduate experience. Josh (MET’19) and Jameson Hollis (SAR’17), brothers and Spark! alum, took their knowledge from Spark! To shape their work that makes them the inspiring innovators they are today.  After graduating from BU, Josh works at his own SaaS startup, Movez, while […]

Giving Day – The Many Faces of Spark!

On April 6th, 2022, BU is holding a 24-hour fundraising campaign for parents and alumni to donate to BU and make an impact on students’ learning experiences. We hope that you’ll join us in supporting and giving back to BU Spark!.  Meet some of our Spark! Squad members, their projects, and hear what they have […]