The J.B. Speed School partners with Kindred Healthcare on The Hive, a shared collaborative space

November 17, 2017

 Yesterday, the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering unveiled The Hive, a collective work space created in partnership with Kindred Healthcare Inc. Spearheaded by Dr. Adel Elmaghraby and the Computer Engineering and Computer Science department, the Hive is a collaborative incubator located at 1601 S. Floyd Street, a shared meeting intended to aid in the development of technologies for the aging-care industry.

The opening featured three guest speakers, including UofL Interim President, Dr. Gregory Postel, Kindred Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer Charlie Wardrip, and Mayor Gregory Fischer.

According to Dr. Postel this is, “part of the plan between industry and academics, to enable our students to take part in industry, beyond taking classroom in a classroom setting. It allows for opportunities potentially for students to join the workforce. You’ll be seeing more and more of these types of partnerships popping up.”

“In this particular partnership we’re working with our friends at Kindred Healthcare. It allows our researchers in CECS to develop apps for our aging population,” adds Postel.

Speaking next, Wardrip focused on the benefits to their clients that this partnership will create. He says, “Students gain real world experience, and in return, we gain fresh perspectives. These applications are already in use to increase efficiency, which frees our employees to focus on what matters: the patients.”

Rounding out the guest speakers, Mayor Fischer spoke briskly about the opportunities that the partnership between the Speed School and Kindred brings to the city, both in specific to job growth, and in Louisville’s relationship with the global market. He says, “Louisville has more companies in the aging industry than anywhere else in the world. We’re grateful that Kindred is here in Louisville. Great cities are cities that are constantly innovating. We look forward to tremendous growth.”