The RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program hosted “Summer Institute 2016: Science and Innovation” July 12-15, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO. This event brought Cohorts 1 and 2 scholars and mentors together for the first time. Scholars had the opportunity to present on their research topics and receive critical feedback from fellow scholars and their mentors. The MakerNurse team engaged scholars with innovation activities and product design. We also heard from nurse innovators, Marilyn Chow, Barbara Medoff-Cooper, AkkeNeel Talsma, and Martin Sciavenato about their approaches to innovation. The scholars enjoyed an orienteering team building exercise in Glen Eyrie, near the Garden of the Gods, and also had the chance to develop some professional skills during presentations by Eda Roth, Joanne Disch, and Rita Wray. We thank all of the scholars and mentors for sharing their journeys with us and offer much appreciation to our fantastic presenters.