CURIOSS Members Summer Workshop 2024

Burlington, Vermont June 27th


Wednesday June 26th

3:30-4:30 Andrew Harris Commons – Tour of University of Vermont (optional for those in town)


Thursday June 27th

Location: Hula Lakeside


8:30 – 9:00am Sign in, Breakfast (Shuttles will run from hotel to venue)

9:00 – 9:10am Welcome and Agenda

9:10 – 10:10am OSPOS Patterns Updates

10:10 – 11:30am Breakouts – User Group Needs

11:30 – 12:00pm – Future of CURIOSS

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 – 2:00pm Breakouts – Define Problem Statements

2:00 – 2:30pm Main Room – Selecting a Problem

2:30 – 2:40pm Break

2:40 – 3:30pm Breakouts – Prototyping 

3:30 – 4:30pm Main Room – Presentations

4:30 – 5:00pm Future of CURIOSS

4:30 – 5:30pm Networking

5:30 – 7:00pm Dinner 

7:00 – 7:30pm Shuttle from Hula to hotel


Workshop Details

Our goal with this workshop is to use group activities to develop understanding of those that participate in CURIOUSS, challenges they face, and create several potential solutions that can be developed over the coming summer and fall.

The event is broken into breakout sessions of teams of 5-7 people and sessions where we work together as a whole group. It is made up of the following activities:

  • Main Room – OSPO Patterns – Every member will have 5 minutes to talk about a specific problem they have been working on.
  • Breakouts – User Group Needs – Explore the types of User Groups that CURIOSS supports (for example: large academic OSPOs, research centers, small universities, etc) and identify their stakeholders, and their core problems on large easel pads with sticky notes. Bring the pad with your findings back to the main room.
  • Breakouts – Define Problem Statements – In the same group, explore common problems shared across all groups. Clearly list the core problem statements on an easel pad and include the current barriers and potential benefits of solving the problem. Bring the pad with your findings back to the main room.
  • Main Room – Selecting a Problem – As a group select distinct problem statements, vote with sticker to determine the priority, and keep the top 5 results
  • Breakouts – Prototyping – Form new groups based on an interest in a specific problem statement and prototype a potential solution, then prepare a short presentation.
  • Main Room – Presentations –  Groups present for 10 minutes on their problem statement and solution


Hula Lakeside

Hula is a technology coworking campus, business accelerator and venture capital fund, focused on elevating Vermont-based startups and entrepreneurs.


50 Lakeside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401

(802) 540-8153




We will be reimbursing airfare/train/bus and hotel rooms for the nights of June 26 and June 27 (up to $1,200) for one individual from each member organization.  Please submit all receipts to Kendall Fortney at the University of Vermont.  For all domestic attendees, we need itemized receipts and W-9s (blank form attached here, which needs to be signed in ink or with certified digital signature). For international participants please follow the “For Reimbursement for expenses” path in this document. Reimbursement will be a check, International attendees are able to request wire transfer.


We are putting out the requirements from the University of Vermont for reimbursement here in order to ensure we get it right the first time and get it done as fast as we can, please let us (Kendall) know if you have questions


Required Tax Forms

  • American Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens need to fill out a W9 and either signed with a Adobe Certificate or there will be printed copies at the event if you want to do it then. You will need a SSN or other taxpayer ID#.
  • Non-American Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens will need to fill out a W8BEN and either signed with a Adobe Certificate (not just a normal e-signature, see here) or there will be printed copies at the event if you want to do it then. Additionally you will need a scanned Passport Information Page

Important: For all charges you will need to provide a Credit Card Statement from bank of the card used for the transaction or a screenshot of the processed transaction in the credit card portal.


Airfare Documentation needed: Include a receipt with the full round-trip itinerary (itemized) that shows the amount paid, last 4 of cardcard #, and ticket number. Please note that UVM cannot provide reimbursement for  additional costs like travel insurance, seat selection, or any business/first class tickets (i.e. economy/coach only)


Hotel Documentation needed: Include a receipt with the full hotel folio that shows the amount paid, last 4 of cardcard #, and daily breakdown of expenses (itemized) and remember to ask that they exclude Vermont Tax. Please note that UVM cannot provide reimbursement for food charged to the room.


Taxis/Ubers (if necessary for transit from the airport): Please include the full receipt with total $ amount paid and trip itinerary (Ubers). Please note UVM will not reimburse for tips over 20% 


All receipts will need to be either handed in person to Kendall at the event, or digital copies can be emailed to:  


Burlington International Airport (BTV)

Patrick Leahy Burlington International Airport (BTV) is a medium-sized multi-use airport, located just east of the city of Burlington, Vermont. It serves the air carrier, general and corporate aviation communities and is home to the Green Mountain Boys of the Vermont Air National Guard (you can usually see F-35 jets just off the runway). Arriving 1.5-2 hours in advance of your flight is reasonable, and a 15-20 minute car ride from downtown Burlington.


If you are staying at the Doubletree Hilton Burlington they do offer a free shuttle to the airport, please check with them in advance to ensure availability.


Address: 1200 Airport Dr, South Burlington, VT 05403


Train (Amtrak)

Ethan Allen Express

Burlington – New York (7 hours 34 minutes)

Daily Service between New York City and Burlington, Vermont, by way of Albany. Indulge in outdoor adventures that include spring wildflowers, summer sails on Lake Champlain, fall foliage and winter skiing. Enjoy the view as the Ethan Allen Express takes you through the scenic Hudson River Valley.  


Public Transit

Green Mountain Transit is the regional public transit system based in Burlington, Vermont. The Ride Ready by GMT app is now available. Smart cards are now available at the Downtown Transit Center in Burlington and the GMT Administrative Office at 101 Queen City Park Road, Burlington)


Ground Transportation Companies licensed to do business at the Airport are here


Doubletree Hilton Burlington, located .5 miles from the UVM campus, is a midscale hotel. Doubletree is a short walking distance to the campus. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, complimentary airport shuttle and self-parking. Complimentary shuttle service to and from UVM. Check-in time is 4PM, check out is at 11AM.

The booking rate is $229 per night for June 26-28, please register before June 5th  

Things to Do

Fleming Museum of Art
The Fleming Museum of Art is a museum of art and anthropology at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. The museum’s collection includes around 24,000 objects from a wide variety of eras and places. 

Church Street
The Church Street Marketplace is an uncovered outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining mall in Burlington, Vermont, consisting of the four blocks of Church Street between Main and Pearl Streets. 

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington’s “Wonder Theatre” was established in 1930 as a state-of-the-art vaudeville and motion pictures venue. The Flynn has endured a zigzagging history to become the renowned, world-class performing arts center it is today  


ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, formerly the Lake Champlain Basin Science Center, is a science and nature museum located on the Burlington waterfront in northern Vermont 

Vermont Comedy Club
Welcome to Vermont Comedy Club! We are a locally-owned performing arts venue (located at 101 Main St, Burlington) that features standup, improv & sketch comedy. 

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum is a museum of art, design, and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont. The Museum’s 45-acre campus is comprised of 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum. Among the most beloved attractions on the campus are the Shaker design Round Barn, a General Store, a carousel, and the 220-foot sidewheel steamboat Ticonderoga. Visitors enjoy strolling the beautifully landscaped grounds with 22 gardens. The Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education features changing exhibitions and Webb Gallery features important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley and many more.  


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