By Jennifer Sadler

Columbus is a smart city. With world-leading research institutions such as The Ohio State University and Battelle Memorial Institute, and our proximity to innovative global companies such as Procter & Gamble, Goodyear and Honda of America, Columbus has what it takes to compete on a global scale.

Columbus is an open city. Our dynamic arts scene and vibrant culture, passion for sports, eclectic mix of people—all make for an attractive place to live and do business. These elements, along with our legacy of innovation and research, allow Columbus to make an impact on the world stage.

200Columbus, the city’s Bicentennial celebration, has presented a year-long wealth of opportunities to reflect and honor the past, the present and to illuminate what’s yet to come for our great city. Though we are moving into the last few months of 2012, Columbus200 celebrations are still going strong—with the final phase focusing on our bright and promising future.

Created as part of the 200Columbus celebrations, idUS (pronounced eye-DEE-uhs), kicks off on September 28 and runs through October 8, and will bring the Columbus community together for an unprecedented multi-day experience of innovation and design. According to the organizers for idUS, these 11 days of groundbreaking events are all designed to “let the world in on a secret that we’ve known for years—that Columbus is a creative hot bed; smart, open-minded and full of big ideas.”

IdUS is a carefully curated collection of unique and innovative programming and independently produced events that will showcase art and design, food, science, technology and more. IdUS embodies the 200Columbus vision of our city’s future and celebrates where we’re going—and the timing for the event couldn’t be better.

The global spotlight is about to shine on Columbus as we host the 2012 EcoSummit, the first time ever the event will take in the United States. Thanks to collaborators at The Ohio State University and MORPC who lured the conference to the city, the EcoSummit, which runs from September 30 – October 5, will bring 1500 to 1600 delegates from 75 countries to Columbus to hear presentations from the world's premier ecologists and environmental scientists and practitioners. IdUS events will offer a platform for Columbus to share our legacy of world-class innovation and design with international visitors and crystallize our reputation as a smart and open city.

Anyone with a curious mind will find something fun and interesting to do and experience on the idUS schedule. A series of free idUS workshops called CoLabs (Collaboration Laboratories), starting on September 3 and running through October 5, will explore different areas of innovation and design in interactive and unexpected ways. Learn about the culinary arts from a world-renowned chef; how you can help improve the wellness of our city from a panel of experts; and more. Workshops are for all ages.

Below is a list of events happening during idUS. For a complete list and more information, visit idUS at

CCAD MindMarket Launch
Friday, September 28
Collaborator: Columbus College of Art & Design

Roger Martin, one of the world’s foremost leaders of incorporating design and integrative thinking into business strategy will be the inaugural presenter to open the CCAD MindMarket. The new facility comprises an art and design business incubator, a design lab and a thought lab.

Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, September 29
Collaborator: Columbus Idea Foundry

This event, held at COSI, celebrates DIY arts and technology. See local Makers showcase their trinkets and talents; witness 3D printing, laser cut artistry, interactive electronics, cheer on a power tool drag race and more.

Design Week
September 29 – October 7
Collaborators: Center for Architecture and Design, AIA Columbus

The Center for Architecture and Design and AIA Columbus will promote and celebrate design in a series of inspiring events, including: the CBUS Ideabook exhibition, CBUS DesignFilms screening, Design:ROLLS architectural bike tour, Built-In-Cbus launch party, Annual Benefit, AIA Columbus Design Awards as well as engaging lectures and panel discussions.

FFOCOL (Film Festival of Columbus)
October 2 – 5
Collaborator: Vital Film Works

FFOCOL is a new breed of film festival for Columbus and the Midwest. Through the art of cinema we foster a community that is more engaged, aware, and alive. The goal of the event is to assist local economic growth by increasing awareness of Columbus as a filmmaking destination.

Wednesday, October 3
Collaborator: TEDxYouth

High School “change agents” will gather to hear TEDx talks from 15-20 college-age speakers, then engage in a mentored incubator section to resource-share and brainstorm.,/p>

Innovate Columbus 2012
Thursday, October 4
Collaborator: Fisher College of Business, TechColumbus

An energizing and thought-provoking one-day event bringing together a fresh, eclectic mix of leading-edge keynotes and lab facilitators sharing how they leverage innovation to sharply increase value for their companies and clients.

Friday, October 5
Collaborator: TEDxColumbus

Columbus’ most curious and creative, interesting and interested, positive and progressive thinkers and doers will gather at COSI to be inspired by visionaries sharing unique stories and valuable perspectives. Attendees leave with inspired thinking and new connections.

Creative Engines
Monday, October 8
Collaborator: Wexner Center for the Arts

Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne and Weiden + Kennedy Global Creative Director John Jay engage in a public conversation about the powerful impact of innovative design and bold creative practice on successful businesses and, by extension, the American economy.

Columbus Micro Brew Festival North Market

"Columbus Never..." Finding Time
Presented by: Columbus Public Art 2012
Through January 1, 2013

Upper Arlington Labor Day Festival
Presented by: Upper Artlington Cultural Arts Division
September 3,  2012

Presented by: Experience Clintonville
September 8, 2012

Columbus Collects Fine Craft
Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen
September 9 - October 28, 2012

Columbus Micro Brew Festival
Presented by: North Market
September 14 & 15

Independents' Day 2012
Presented by Independents' Day
September 15, 2012

Art For Life
Presented by: ARC Ohio
September 22, 2012

Presented by: Columbus Film Council
September 25, 2012