Pasco-Hernando State College is excited to announce its collaboration with Innovation Collective for the 3-day Think Big Festival, touted as one of the world's best tech festivals with some of the greatest minds around the world. The team from Innovation Collective and PHSC will host an event, The Future of Aging Well, on the Festival’s Day 2, on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the College’s North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., room B-104. The virtual event is free while the in-person event is $14.95 per ticket. People can register and attend in person or via Zoom by visiting The Think Big Festival website.

The collaboration with Innovation Collective is part of the College’s efforts to become a Corporate and Career Academy, which opens the doors for faculty, staff, students, and members of our community to receive job training in what has been an extremely challenging year.

Innovation Collective is an education and human capital company. Through curated events, mentorship, skills training, corporate partnerships, placemaking, and Innovation Collective software they create grassroots social experiences that help people start and grow innovative businesses. The collaboration will assist PHSC to help people in the region to become a community, learn new skills together and create vibrant places to work and live.

Nick Smoot, CEO, Innovation Collective is excited to innovate how festivals can evolve in these times: "In a time where many events are simply being canceled, we challenged ourselves to think outside the box and continue to build communities of curiosity and not be stymied by the pandemic. I can't wait to bring the message of Think Big to an even wider audience!"

Assistant Vice President Sonia Thorn believes PHSC's involvement in an event like this will help to cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset for the community: "The first stages of entrepreneurial ecosystem development with an event like this is exactly what is needed for education and workforce training. The Think Big Festival will invigorate and stimulate participants to imagine the future of work to spark creativity and innovation. PHSC's Corporate and Career Academy will become that hub for entrepreneurial education and it all begins with partnerships!", said Thorn.