Innovation Celebration

The annual Berwick Innovation Celebration takes place in the spring and is a time for the community to come together to celebrate and showcase our students’ creative and original Innovation Pursuits (IPs). The celebration begins with a keynote address from both a guest and student speaker. Recent guest keynote speakers have included Dr. Yet Ming Chiang of MIT and Dr. Saeed Arida of NuVu Studio. 
The main purpose of the celebration is for our students to present their IPs to a group of panelists who come from the Berwick community, local schools, businesses, and organizations. Our panelists play a critical role in the evaluation process of all IPs by providing useful feedback that is shared with the student and mentor. 

Recent Keynote Speakers

Nicole M. Stata is the Founder and Managing Director of Boston Seed Capital, LLC. From 2007 to 2010, Nicole worked as an angel investor, advisor and start-up executive. Nicole founded Deploy Solutions in 1996, an award-winning leading provider of SAAS Human Capital Management. As CEO and President, she led Deploy for eleven years through its sale to Kronos in 2007. Deploy was widely recognized as a national best place to work and was the recipient of Deloitte and Touche’s Fast 50 award in 2006. Before Deploy, Nicole managed the global service center for Restrac (Webhire) and started her career with Lotus Development Corporation. Stata serves as an advisor and board member for several companies and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang
is a Kyocera Professor of Ceramics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced inorganic materials and related devices. Dr. Chiang was a recipient of The Economist’s Innovation Award in 2012 for his research in battery technology.

Dr. Saeed Arida is the Founder and Chief Excitement Officer at NuVu Studio, a magnet innovation center for young minds in Cambridge, MA. At NuVu Studio, students learn in a hands-on environment with coaches who help students create projects and move through many, many iterations. Dr. Arida received his PhD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.