Blackfire Innovation

Driving Innovation in Gaming, Hospitality & Entertainment

UNLV

Black Fire Innovation

Black Fire Innovation™ brings UNLV, one of the nation's top research institutions, and Caesars Entertainment, the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider, together in a collaborative, environment to spark innovations that drive our industry and community forward.

 

As the first flagship tech hub in the 122-acre UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park, Black Fire Innovation will offer a first-of-its-kind integrated resort and casino innovation lab. By bringing together student ingenuity, cutting-edge resources and key strategic partners, Black Fire Innovation will spark industry-disrupting collaboration.

Our Mission

Showcase emerging technologies

Spur creativity & entrepreneurship

Enhance collaboration & partnership

Drive new business opportunities

BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG. BECOME A PARTNER

  • Innovate side-by-side with our R-1 research university and industry leaders
  • Accelerate product development life cycles by piloting your solutions in a replica resort and casino equipped with an esports arena, fully-functioning guestrooms, virtual reality lab, and race and sports book
  • Leverage promising, emerging talent and researchers from UNLV who will be running classes, seminars, and hands-on projects
  • Establish a regional home base in the heart of the action with options for private offices and other amenities

Black Fire Innovation Leadership

Zach Miles, UNLV

ZACH MILES

AVP, Office Economic Development, UNLV

John Celona, Caesars Entertainment

JOHN CELONA

VP, Innovation & Emerging Tech,  Caesars Entertainment

Liz Lewis, UNLV

LIZ LEWIS

Economic Development Manager, UNLV

Andrew Baca, Caesars Entertainment

ANDREW BACA

Director, Innovation & Strategy, Caesars Entertainment

Work in the heart of the action

In addition to the integrated resort and casino innovation lab, Black Fire Innovation will offer 43,000 square feet of collaborative coworking space in a state-of-the-art research building in the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park. Black Fire Innovation will open in the Fall of 2019.

 

  • Explore membership options which will include day passes, available desk seating, and private office spaces for rent for your teams
  • Reserve event spaces such as classrooms, boardrooms, labs or the new esports arena
  • Enjoy the full-service kitchen, café, and bar available to members
  • Access unparalleled business services and incubator amenities including UNLV's supercomputer facility, a software development and design lab, and a dedicated 3D printing makerspace