The 2015 (6th Annual) Festival was A Huge Success –
More than 25,000 Attendees
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2015 What IF Festival in the Press
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Second Annual What IF…Awards
The What IF…Awards celebrate the significant achievements of local creatives that exponentially improve our region.
The Nikola Tesla Innovation Award was presented to Dr. Terrance Boult, the El Pomar Endowed Chair of Innovation and Security and Professor of Computer Science, as the visionary behind the Bachelor of Innovation family of degrees at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
The Starr Kempf Imagination Award was presented to Steve Wood, Founder and Director of Concrete Couch, for his longstanding commitment to inclusive community engagement and to the broad benefits of art making in service to people and enrichment of community.
The Fannie Mae Duncan Entrepreneur Award was presented to Lisa Tessarowicz, owner of Epicentral Coworking, for her entrepreneurial approach to supporting entrepreneurs and expanding hubs of creativity in the Pikes Peak region.
The Nick Venetucci Community-Building Award was presented to Kevin Kratt of Kratt Commercial Properties, for his tenacious vision in developing community spaces that create essential connecting-points in Colorado Springs.
The Mary Mashburn Connector Award was presented to Janice Weiland, Executive Vice President at Cascade Investment Group, for her creative approaches to connecting people to resources and to each other, making the Pikes Peak region a more connected and collaborative place.
The Michael Hannigan Ingenuity Award was presented to Allen Beauchamp, Adaptive Cycling Specialist, for the ingenious ways he advocates for a healthy, safe, and joyful community through his zeal for bicycling.