Creative Blitz and Networking

Day one of E2C kicks off with a design blitz benefiting a local non-profit. More than 400 creative students and professionals work in interdisciplinary teams to complete design challenges with tangible outcomes for the non-profit partner. See students in action to observe how they think, work and perform.

This year’s nonprofit partner is Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios (CATS). CATS works with more than 400 at-risk teens each year, transforming them from into self-sufficient adults through creative studios and an artistic guild model of learning that lasts a lifetime.

Working from this year's creative brief, E2C Blitz teams will evaluate CATS’ current space and use design thinking to help design the school of the future.

Following the blitz, students and employers will enjoy a happy hour and the chance to get to know each other over drinks and appetizers.

Network with DAAP Co-op Faculty

Cultivate your relationship with DAAP co-op faculty in an optional after-party on Thursday evening. DAAP co-op faculty can help you make the most of your co-op program and connect you with emerging talent. At the same time, we want to learn what we're doing well and what we can do to help your organization reach its goals. The after-party will be held at a nearby location TBA.

Expo and Interviews

On Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., students will browse employer tables as in a traditional career fair. This is your chance to help students understand who you are and what you do, as well as identify more students you would like to interview, if you have not already filled your schedule.

Then, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., employers will conduct interviews with their top candidates. We suggest 30-minute interview slots, allowing up to 11 interviews per table. Employers should contact individual students directly to schedule your interviews. How you fill your interview slots is up to you. You can pre-select students during the week prior to E2C, offer interviews to students you interact with at the event, keep your slots open for any student who walks up, or some combination. We simply ask that you give us a list of students you interviewed at the conclusion of the event.

If you are not actively recruiting or ready to interview, consider conducting informal portfolio reviews during this time to meet students and identify potential talent for the future while helping them build and refine their professional skills.