Building 1 of the Harry Reid Research & Technology Park, which houses Black Fire Innovation.

Black Fire Innovation News

Opened in 2020 in collaboration with Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Black Fire Innovation is the centerpiece of applied research and innovation for UNLV. By combining the power of big tech with the research resources of UNLV, we serve to accelerate development in the hospitality, gaming, and entertainment industries.

Current Black Fire Innovation News

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Business and Community |

The Nevada Small Business Development Center brings resources for microbusiness owners to the heart of a community.

The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting expert insights, research, and academic achievement.

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Campus News |

UNLV gathers international experts to discuss emerging gaming industry issues, including the intersection of tourism, sports, and entertainment.

U.N.L.V. students pose with check after winning innovation challenge
Campus News |

UNLV launches new challenge for Rebels with an entrepreneurial eye, encourages interdisciplinary problem-solving.

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Business and Community |

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring innovative ideas, discoveries, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

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Business and Community |

Housekeeping robots and meltable bedsheets are no longer the stuff of sci-fi. Here's how UNLV and industry partners are helping to steady a shaken hospitality industry through innovative product development.

Black Fire Innovation In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

Jan Jones Blackhurst has had plenty of experience putting cracks in the glass ceiling. Now, the chief executive in residence at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, a Caesars Entertainment board member and first female mayor of Las Vegas, is preparing to share her expertise with women on the verge of taking the next step toward the C-suite with a new six-month program designed to address common barriers and challenges that women are experiencing in the corporate workplace on their path to executive level roles.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Jan Jones Blackhurst has had plenty of experience putting cracks in the glass ceiling. Now, the chief executive in residence at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, a Caesars Entertainment board member and first female mayor of Las Vegas, is preparing to share her expertise with women on the verge of taking the next step toward the C-suite with a new six-month program designed to address common barriers and challenges that women are experiencing in the corporate workplace on their path to executive level roles.

CDC Gaming Reports

The Mirage volcano spewed lava and steam one last time Wednesday morning to mark a celebratory yet bittersweet end of an era on the Las Vegas Strip that phased in nearly 35 years ago.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Executives of The Mirage came full circle with the property Wednesday morning, applauding the work of 3,000 employees, including 137 of them that had been employed there since the first day it opened, and hinting about what lies ahead as it transitions to Hard Rock Las Vegas.

Gambling Insider

A recent study conducted by Anthony Lucas, a researcher at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), indicates that the effectiveness of casino free-play promotions may be decreasing among certain player groups.

Nevada Business

“GOED is actively building an electric, innovative and connected Nevada future,” said Tom Burns, executive director at the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “We certainly recognize the contributions mining and hospitality have made to the state. But we take advantage of building and expanding other sectors by bringing companies into Nevada. As new industries emerge this will provide career opportunities for our kids as well as diversifying our tax base.”

Black Fire Innovation Experts

An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation.