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UNC Blue Sky Innovations works to create and share novel and immersive storytelling experiences that engage audiences by leveraging new technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality with unique, research-based perspectives.


Students and faculty use new technologies and human-centered design concepts to solve challenging problems for media companies. Projects are rooted in scientific and consumer/audience research and leverage collaborations with subject-matter experts across the university such as the School of Medicine and the Computer Science Department as well as multiple industry leaders like Time Magazine and The Washington Post as well as local journalism publishers.

Our Mission

To improve storytelling and education through technological innovation.

Our Vision

To create and share novel and immersive storytelling experiences that engage audiences by leveraging new technologies and unique perspectives. Our use of technology enhances (and does not marginalize or diminish) lives.


Meet Our Team

Our Team is made up of innovators, educators, and students.

The Innovation Fellows work directly, often embedded, with local and nonlocal clients to create sustainable innovations that reach our target audiences.


UNC Blue Sky Innovations is committed to making diversity, equity, and inclusion a part of everything we do. We strive to promote belonging and empowerment at work.


Design and Collaboration are what we do. Creators and Innovators are who we are.


We are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment for all members of our community. We believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging are essential to the success of our Lab, and we are dedicated to creating a culture that values and respects the unique experiences and perspectives of each individual. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse group of students and staff from all backgrounds, and we strive to create an environment where everyone can thrive and contribute to the advancement of emerging technologies. We will actively work to address any barriers to inclusion and equity, and we will continue to evaluate and improve our efforts in this area.

Diversity & Inclusion
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