Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the Idea Garden?

A: The Idea Garden is a place for students to be creative, to explore, to collaborate. It's a Thinker Space, fully equipped to give students an organic experience with emerging technologies. It's where you connect with the community, learn from local tech leaders, and gain exposure to innovative ideas. The Idea Garden serves as fertile ground for student vision, cultivates thought and provides for growth, and produces entrepreneurial thinkers.


Q: Who can use the Idea Garden?

A: The Idea Garden is available for all students, regardless of major. We also welcome faculty and staff into the space.


Q: When is the Idea Garden open?

A: The Idea Garden opens at 10am. And closes at 8pm.


Q: What can I do in the Idea Garden?

A: The Idea Garden can offer you a wide variety of technology and tools to utilize for your educational uses.

  • A study space for students
  • 3D printers
  • HTC Vive VR headsets
  • Four touch-screen tablets used for drawing or 3D modeling
  • 8-panel touch screen monitor  
  • Two ideation rooms for collaboration and studying.


Q: Can I 3D print at the Idea Garden?

A: Yes! The Idea Garden staff will teach you how exactly to 3D print. The staff can also educate you on how to model a simple object. The 3D printers may only be used for educational prints. If you’d like to request personal prints, our 3D print service is here!


Q: Do I have to reserve the VR equipment to use it?

A: Nope! Just walk into the Idea Garden and then to a free, VR station. Instructions on how to start it up are nearby!


Q: What software does the Idea Garden have?

A: Our complete software list can be found here!


Q: What can you do on the IQ wall? (8-panel touchscreen)

A: The IQ wall is simply another computer you can use! Except it has a huge screen. Pull up your presentations, explore google earth, or share your laptop screen for group work.


Q: What sort of collaborative technology in is the Idea Garden?

A: The Idea Garden has several technologies that you can collaborate on.

  • Solstice
    • This is our screen share software. Just download the app and follow the directions it gives you to share your laptop or phone
  • Digital whiteboards
    • Quick and easy mediums to write up some math problems or ideas. You can even email yourself the screen to save your work.
  • Traditional white boards
    • We have markers and erasers for you! Feel free to post questions that other students may have the answer for

Q: Is the Idea Garden a quiet lab?

A: No. The Idea Garden is an active learning environment. It’s not too loud in here, but we do not require silence.


Q: Can I bring food in the Idea Garden?

A: Only covered drinks and smaller snack foods.


Q: Where is the Idea Garden located?

A: Hine Hall, IP106. The Idea Garden has a glass front entrance.

Q: Do I need a reservation to use this space?

A: You may reserve space in the Idea Garden, but it is not necessary in order to work in the space. All equipment operates on a first come-first serve basis unless otherwise reserved. If you’d like to reserve the space, please email us at igarden@iupui.edu




Open Monday - Friday,

Additional Resources

Idea Garden

Hine Hall, Room IP106
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202