Innovation at CSM

Our Vision at College of Southern Maryland

CSM will be the region’s first choice for accessible, inclusive, and innovative education that transforms communities.

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Velocity Center

Velocity Center at Indian Head

The CSM Velocity Center is a place of innovation, learning, and collaboration for academia, the Navy, and the community. This collaborative learning space supports workforce development and economic growth in Southern Maryland. Features include:

  • Conference and Meeting Space
  • Shared Flexspace and Workspace
  • Makerspace

Learn More About the Velocity Center

Hackathon challenge winners pose with giant check

Velocity X Hackathons

The Velocity X Hackathons engage CSM students and local community members in competition to solve problems with innovative solutions. Hackathons include project funding and cash prizes for winning proposals.

Events have included:

  • Climate Innovation Hackathon: Data Visualization and Marketing Strategy Challenges
  • Innovation Hackathon
  • AI Hackathon

Learn More About Upcoming Events

Group of student Hawk PItch winners

College Innovation Workgroup

The College Innovation Workgroup (CIWG) is a team of faculty and staff who have been meeting to develop ways we can create an ecosystem of innovation at CSM.

The CIWG organizes the Hawk Pitch Challenge, which encourages, celebrates, and incentivizes CSM students and employees to generate innovative ideas to move CSM forward.

Learn More About the Hawk Pitch

Additional Resources for Businesses

Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program

Grants for Technology Product Development

MIPS, managed by University of Maryland College Park, provides funding, matched by participating companies, for university-based research projects that help the companies develop new products.

Learn More About MIPS

Small Business Development Center

Training and support for businesses

The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southern Region, provides training and counseling services to new and existing businesses. Designed for all stages of business development, themed workshops range from business planning, to how to comply with legal and tax issues. 

Learn More About SBDC

WorkForce Center

Personalized training for busineses

CSM's WorkForce Center helps businesses increase employee productivity while training and educating the entire staff. Our consultants will first determine what your business needs, then help provide the education, resources, and even venue for training when needed.

Learn More About the WorkForce Center

Endowed Faculty for Innovation: Jeffrey Hunt

Jeffrey Hunt

"We have all the pieces we need to help people make their entrepreneurial ideas a reality... The first goal is to raise awareness of the resources that are here and start building the connections between them... I’m excited to find ways to connect the classroom to the outside world for students by working with our local businesses and organizations, including the Navy, and finding ways for students to have hands on opportunities to engage with real world innovation."

Jeffrey Hunt

Endowed Faculty of Innovation and Assistant Professor, Business Department

Our Partners and Supporters

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Charles County Chamber of Commerce Military Alliance Council (MAC)  |  Estate of Nancy Stephens McMullin  |  Maryland Department of Housing and Community  |  Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF)  |  Michael J. Chiaramonte  |  Rural Maryland Council
And more!

Learn how you can support innovation at CSM

#CSMLovesInnovation Challenge

"To me innovation just means the process of building upon what already works and trying to strive for perfection, even though perfection is not really achievable, but the fact that we're innovating every day and getting closer to perfection is all that matters."
Elijah Smith
Makerspace Student Assistant
"Innovation is the process of making your imagination come through and the process of creating new things and being able to process them."
Oumar Diallo
Makerspace Student Assistant
"The Hawk Pantry is a weekly opportunity for students who need food to receive canned and packaged food items at no cost." ... "Hawk Feeders - 'Take what you need, give what you can'. So, if you find that you need it — come in and take, like tuna or fast food and salad. If you need it, just come in."
English as a Second Language (ESL) students
Prince Frederick Campus

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