The BLACK+DECKER INNOVATE-O-thon is full. Please join the waitlist and you will be contacted if additional spots open.



Join the best and the brightest Buckeyes for an INNOVATE-O-thon externship: an internship over a weekend!


Our externship program gives you the opportunity to participate in real business workshops, work with a Fortune 500 company, and put a nice touch on your resume before the Career Fair.

Food will be provided for the duration of the challenge, and every student who participates will receive a $25 gift card and a T-shirt. The winning team will receive a Prize Pack, and the student with the most out-of-the-box creative idea will win a prize as well.


You will work in teams of 3-5 students to create an innovative design and compete for prizes. Students will get the chance to develop concepts and pitch to BLACK+DECKER representatives on the final day of the challenge. This challenge focuses on fall clean-up: a better way to gather and dispose of leaves! Click here for challenge specifics.


INNOVATE-O-thon Schedule


Friday, September 22nd 5pm – 8pm: Challenge presented by BLACK+DECKER, concept brainstorming, team formation, and initial research session [dinner provided]


Saturday September 23rd 9am – 5pm*: Concept refinement, down selection, and development [breakfast and lunch provided]


*Students are free to come and go throughout the day.  However, there is a mandatory ~15 minute report out for each team on finalized concept to facilitators after lunch. The dismantling of UNLV by OSU Football will be shown at the INNOVATE-O-thon.


Sunday, September 24th 9am – 5pm*: Build prototype, presentations, and pitch to BLACK+DECKER [breakfast and lunch provided]


*Students are free to come and go throughout the day until 3pm when the pitch session begins for all teams.



All undergraduate majors and grade levels welcome.
The best innovations can be found in any discipline, from History or Engineering to English or Chemistry!


The Materials Innovation Lab is located in Room 218 at 1381 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


If you have any questions, you can contact Kari Roth (roth.570).



  1. What is an INNOVATE-o-thon?
    An INNOVATE-o-thon gives undergraduate students from all majors a chance to get real-world experience and connections through the development of a unique product with a specific purpose. Each INNOVATE-o-thon has a particular “theme” that is chosen by the industry partners of the event and gives students the idea of the function of the product they create. At the end of the event, students are able to pitch the idea to the industry partners and receive feedback.
  2. What is an externship?
    An externship is a unique type of internship defined as on-campus partnership between students, the university, and potential employers that formally integrates students’ academic study with work, which is typically of less than a week in duration.
  3. Who can participate?
    All majors and grade levels are encouraged to participate in the INNOVATE-o-thon.