Raikes School Spring 2022 Events


This spring, the Raikes School will host three events alumni are encouraged to attend.

Fireside Chat: A Life in Startups

On Friday, April 1 from 2:00-3:00 pm CT, Aaron Epstein, a Group Partner from Y Combinator, will join a fireside chat with Reshma Khilnani, Raikes School Advisory Board Chairperson, hosted via Zoom. Aaron was the co-founder and CEO of Creative Market (YC W10), a marketplace for graphic design assets, which was acquired by Autodesk in 2014. He later spun the company out as an independent startup in 2017 and helped generate more than $100 million in sales for independent creators around the world. Aaron and Reshma will discuss life in the startup world followed by an open Q&A. RSVP by Monday, March 28. Those who register will receive a Zoom link to participate no later than Wednesday, March 30.

Spring Speaker: Robbie Bach

On Friday, April 29 from 1:00-1:45 pm CT, prior to the Design Studio Showcase, Robbie Bach will share insights from his 30+ years in the industry. Robbie joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years, he worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. Beginning in 1999 as the Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the highly successful Xbox video game business. In his new role as “Civic Engineer”, Robbie believes we all have the responsibility to engage on civic issues and dedicates his time and energy to providing strategies, creative ideas, and consulting to organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. Robbie earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of North Carolina. Alumni may attend Robbie’s talk in person or via Zoom. RSVP by Wednesday, April 27.

Design Studio Showcase

On Friday, April 29 from 2:00-4:30 pm CT, the Raikes School will host the annual Design Studio Showcase at Nebraska's Innovation Campus. The 2021-2022 year saw an outstanding collection of Raikes School Design Studio projects, as we partnered with 19 sponsors and a student-initiated startup to produce 20 projects! Our students have worked hard to deliver innovative solutions to real business problems, utilizing a wide array of technologies to make it all happen. Here are a couple of projects making a big impact:

  • Bridges to Hope is tracking services provided to individuals reentering the community after incarceration.
    The Design Studio team has created a cloud-based application to manage services for individuals released from correctional institutions to help them transition to a productive life after their release.
  • Signature Performance is better identifying instances of suicidal and homicidal ideation, bringing aid faster to veterans in need.
    The Design Studio team has engineered a call flagging service composed of a machine learning algorithm and pipeline infrastructure that feeds real-time voice data and instantly notifies call service representatives.
  • VIZN Stats, a Raikes School student startup, is helping coaches tag performance statistics that matter to their team.
    The Design Studio team has built the most intuitive tagging tools for teams to record practice data which empowers coaches to create anything from opponent scouting reports to individual player evaluations.

All Raikes School alumni are expressly invited to the Design Studio Showcase, where you can see all of the students' hard work and connect with our Design Studio students, partners, and the Lincoln community. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://raikes.unl.edu/showcasersvp. We hope to see you all there!