Make-a-Thon 2023

Taking a shot at hockey safety in the 2023 Make-A-Thon

Powerhouse innovation collaboration between Covestro, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carnegie Mellon University aims to make hockey safer at all levels

Materials make the difference

Rethink the Rink

What do you get when you combine a leading materials producer with a championship hockey team and a world-class university? A bold initiative to make hockey safer for players at all levels!

In 2018, Covestro joined forces with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carnegie Mellon University to Rethink the Rink. This first-of-its-kind collaboration explores new ways to advance safety innovation in hockey, teaming the bright minds at Carnegie Mellon with high-tech materials from Covestro and game-winning insight from the Penguins.

The goal? To improve the safety of the game, without impacting how it’s played.

This unique partnership is still going strong in its seventh year. As Rethink the Rink continues to grow and evolve, you can keep up by following the #RethinkTheRink hashtag on social media!

A testing ground for our innovative concepts

We aren’t just “rethinking” the rink – we put our name on one!

The Covestro Innovation Rink at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex serves as a testing ground for the innovative concepts coming out of the Make-a-thon. Our rink is one of two at the complex, which is a practice and training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

We think our logo looks pretty “cool” on ice! Watch the video below to see for yourself.

What’s next for Rethink the Rink?

Our world-class partnership is still going strong in its sixth year on the ice. This concept — which began as a “what if,” six years ago, has yielded at least one marketable product and potential revenue stream: an innovative dashboard design to be produced by Athletica Sport Systems.

This year, the research and development team at Bauer Hockey – a leading hockey equipment producer – is combing through the innovative shot blocker ideas to determine if any have the potential to be commercialized.

Stay in the know! For updates on our hockey safety journey, follow the #RethinkTheRink hashtag on X (Formerly known as Twitter)!

Learn more about previous Make-a-Thon events:

  • United States

    Make-a-thon 2024

    Safety from the neck down: Tackling neck protection in the 2024 Make-a-Thon

  • United States

    Make-a-Thon 2023

    Taking a shot at foot safety: 2023 Rethink the Rink Make-a-Thon


    Make-a-thon 2022

    The 2022 make-a-thon featured an “assist” from PPG and Athletica Sports Systems.

  • United States

    Make-a-thon 2021

    Three giants of sports, innovation and technology - The Pittsburgh Penguins, Carnegie Mellon University and Covestro - teamed up for the fourth time in a continuing innovation partnership to make hockey safer at every level.

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