Innovators work to solve problems by asking "What if...?"

Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A few hundred people will spend the weekend asking themselves a question: What if?

About 40 people gathered at the downtown incubator on Friday night for the What If...? Workshop, the precursor to The What If...? Conference being held Saturday at The Blue Note.

At the workshop, conference presenters and participants sat down at tables to discuss problems and design products that can help solve them, with the ultimate goal of submitting their ideas to Quirky, the sponsor of the workshop, is a platform for inventors to submit ideas and have the opportunity to have their product developed.

Saturday's activities will focus on the questions raised by 20 innovators, ranging from life-altering to comical and designed to provoke discussion and generate action plans.

Andrew McHugh and Matt Murrie  aim to pose questions and generate ideas through the platform of The What If...? Conference. The pair typically work in the downtown incubator, a collaborative public space located on East Walnut Street.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning at The Blue Note, and presentations run throughout the day. A complete schedule of events and ticket pricing is available on the conference website.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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