Extension professionals are being challenged to innovate their work, yet day-to-day responsibilities do not always allow time or space for creativity and innovation. In early 2016, Ohio State University Extension held its inaugural Innovate Extension event, a hackathon-style gathering focused on creative collaboration during which teams competed for grant funds by developing an idea, plan, and pitch over the course of a day. Turnout exceeded expectations, and participants gave high marks to the experience. Due to the event's success, additional Innovate Extension events have been hosted at North Dakota State University, Utah State University, and Oregon State University. This article provides highlights and outcomes.
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Wolfe, D., Seger, J., Raison, B., Dallin, J., Doll, A., Edmunds, B., Hill, P., Francis, D., & Bertsch, B. (2018). Innovate Extension Events: Creating Space for Innovation in Extension. Journal of Extension, 56(5), Article 16. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss5/16