Heidi Zoerb is the associate dean for the CALS Office of External Relations at UW–Madison. She coordinates college communications and builds relationships with stakeholders.
By joining forces with the Madison-based Hyper Innovation agency, students from UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls will participate in a team-based innovation competition to develop solutions to challenges facing the dairy community. With guidance from dairy professionals, students will participate in a “hack-a-thon” to brainstorm ideas and then develop the most promising ideas for commercialization. This fall-semester competition will be hosted entirely online. The best student projects will be showcased at the Dairy Innovation Hub Summit in November. Learn more at go.wisc.edu/dairyhubstudentchallenge. This project connects to several Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 recommendations: #26 “Increased collaboration in the UW System and with private industry,” #3 “Encourage young people to pursue ag careers,” #11 “Educational programming for non-farm audiences,” #41 “Support for public and private partnerships.” Sandra Bradley from Hyper Innovation is collaborating on this project.