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Fall 2021 Notice

Hi innovators! We are excited to welcome you back into our downtown lab with in person, open hours starting Tuesday 9/7/21. Remember, masks are strictly required for all visitors on campus and capacity will be limited as needed to maintain a safe and productive environment. 

This fall we will be implementing a new style of schedule. Whether you are a student, researcher, or community member, you are welcome to drop in during specific times outlined below to work, learn, and check off on equipment. If you are new to Inworks, your first step is always Basic Safety Training. 


Make sure to check our Lab Access page to learn more!


Making it Matter

Everything is invented, and every invention is brought to life by a group of innovators who analyze, imagine, try, fail, persist, and eventually succeed. We believe that anyone can learn to do the same – you just need the right tools, mindsets, and methodologies.

Inworks is an innovation initiative of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. A home for creators, thinkers, designers, and makers, we’re a collaborative community of learners and leaders committed to solving humanity’s most pressing problems. In our two state-of-the-art prototyping labs, we draw on expertise from many disciplines to synthesize unique solutions to real-world challenges. At Inworks, we learn and teach through making, but we don’t just make things – we make them matter.

Inworks Innovation Formula


Radical Interdisciplinarity

In an age where everything is connected to everything else, the knowledge needed to solve a problem is often to be found in a completely different domain than the problem itself. But there’s more to it. Collaborating with others might give you the key information you’re missing, but the real impact happens when diverse ways of thinking collide, giving rise to genuinely new ideas.


Design Thinking 

Design thinking is less about thinking and more about doing. Practicing this approach means developing solutions to complex problems using equal parts empathy and evidence, creativity and practicality to match human need with feasibility.


Computational Thinking 

There’s way more to it than writing code. Many problems can be solved (or the solutions enhanced) using digital technology. Computational thinking allows us to create human artifacts of every kind – structures, art, music, medicine, aircraft, entertainment, entire worlds of imagination – using computing as the instrument of creation.


Disruptive Innovation

Most innovations are incremental improvements to existing systems. A few innovations change the value proposition to such an extent that they disrupt an entire market. Both types are necessary, and the fusion of interdisciplinary collaboration, design, and computational thinking brings them within reach.

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Hello Innovators! The downtown prototyping lab has updated open hours for the end of the semester:

MONDAY:   9:00 am - 5:30 pm

TUESDAY:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm
WEDNESDAY:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm
THURSDAY:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm
FRIDAY:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The lab will be closed 11/22-11/26 for Thanksgiving  &  12/13 - 1/7 for finals & winter break.