Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

Hartwick student and advisor working in the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation
The hub for outside-the-box thinking and creative problem solving on campus is the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI) at Hartwick College.

The Center serves as an umbrella for Innovation Initiatives:

  1. Hartwick’s Makerspace is located on the 4th floor of the Stevens-German Library.
  2. Hartwick’s Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) is located on the ground floor of Anderson Center for the Arts in the Art & Art History Department.
  3. Hartwick’s entrepreneurship hub (E-Hub) is be located on the second floor of Golisano.
  4. Hartwick’s Innovation Slams are short burst events to harness creativity and generate innovative solutions.

All platforms are part of the College’s overall strategy of further enhancing Hartwick’s very interdisciplinary approach to learning to make our students more marketable problem solvers in a tech savvy world. Students benefit by connecting what they are learning in the classroom with real needs in the community. The GCCI is an idea incubator and an instigator of innovative approaches to academic coursework both for credit and not for credit.

The Makerspace

The Makerspace is an open format collaborative workspace for students, faculty, and invited guests to brainstorm, create, learn, and develop ideas. Its design fosters creativity and collaboration, with whiteboards and modular furniture that give students a setting reflective of a professional and integrative work environment.

Visits from outside experts and practitioners, including distinguished alumni and off-campus leaders, are commonplace.

Fab Lab

The Fabrication Lab, “Fab Lab,” is a cross-disciplinary space dedicated to providing both 2D and 3D digital technologies which allow our students to create anything from prototypes of product ideas to traditional art.

Equipment in Use by Hartwick Faculty and Students:

  • Glowforge Laser Cutter
  • X-Carve C-N-C Router
  • Three Makerbot 3D Printers
  • Large Format Ceramic 3D Printer
  • Canon Wide Format Inkjet Printer
  • American Cutter 24” Vinyl Cutter


The E-Hub is where great minds from all academic areas of study come together to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The collaborative synergy generated in the E-Hub, through creative and design thinking for idea generation and problem solving, demonstrates what Hartwick does best: hands-on, interdisciplinary learning.

The E-Hub:

  • provides opportunities for students from various academic disciplines to explore the process of ideation and innovation;
  • connects with and supports the larger community of entrepreneurs in the region and beyond;
  • immerses students in the lived experience of successful entrepreneurs:
  • fosters entrepreneurship across the curriculum;
  • nurtures the entrepreneurial ideas born of this process.

Innovation Slams

Hartwick’s faculty-led Innovation Slams regularly engage students, faculty, and staff in short burst events that harness creativity and move towards innovative solutions.

Past Innovation Slam topics include:

  • Day to Day Life in 20 Years
  • Necessary 21st Century Skills
  • Idea Factory Innovation Slam for The Promise Initiative
  • First-Year Experience
  • Building a Business & Problem Solving in the Community
  • Food Diversity & Sustainability on Campus


For more information about GCCI programs and services, email or call 607-431-4009.


Launched in 2018 with a $1.25 million gift from Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88, H’19 and Tim Herbert, the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI) at Hartwick College is an idea incubator for radical innovation and approaches to creative problem solving.