The Ohio State University's
annual makeathon.

Knowlton Hall, Columbus, Ohio
February 2 - 3, 2019


Welcome to Columbus

On February 2nd, join us at MakeOHI/O—the Ohio State University's largest makeathon—for a weekend of building and creating real projects with awesome people. Over 150 undergraduate and graduate students will design, build, and demonstrate projects to a live audience of students, faculty, and representatives from tech companies. MakeOHI/O is put on by OHI/O, a student-led organization that aims to build and foster the tech community at Ohio State University.

Meet other passionate, fun and creative students from OSU and universities across the nation. Our industry partners are also sending professional developers, designers, marketers, and hustlers to provide mentorship. If you're interested in participating, all attendees must adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Meet great people.

Learn something new.

Build something amazing.

Hype Events

OHI/O, our partnering student organizations, and our sponsors are hosting a series of great events leading up to the makeathon. These events include tech talks, workshops, and social gatherings that help students prepare for the makeathon, gather ideas, and build teams!


Entrepreneurial Series

6:00 - 8:00 PM @ TBD


Entrepreneurial Series

6:00 - 8:00 PM @ TBD


Entrepreneurial Series

6:00 - 8:00 PM @ TBD


Coming Soon!


Here are some common questions that people ask. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

What is a makeathon?

A makeathon is similar to a hackathon. Both are events where participants build awesome projects from scratch in just a few short hours. The difference between a MAKEathon and a HACKathon is that we are encouraging projects to be maker-oriented, and therefore physically making something!

Who can participate?

Anyone who is a student at a university! We encourage all levels of expertise to join. Whether this is your first makeathon, or you've been to other make- or hackathons around the nation, MakeOHI/O provides an opportunity to collaborate and create something amazing. All participants are expected to follow our Code of Conduct.

I want to apply for MakeOHI/O! What's the timeline?

Registration for MakeOHI/O is open now and will close on January 18, 2019. Register here!

We're currently in the process of reviewing all applicants and will begin sending out acceptances January 8, 2019. Stay tuned - you can check your application status anytime in the registration portal.

What sort of projects do people make?

All sorts of things! Previous projects have included mobile apps, websites, smart mirrors, light-up glasses, pancake printers...the possibilities are endless.

Is this event free? What about food?

MakeOHI/O is free to participate in! We'll be providing you with great meals, snacks, and drinks throughout the entire event. We've got participants' food restrictions covered, too.

Do I need a team?

All participants should be in teams of 2 to 4, but don't worry if you're coming in without a team. OHI/O provides opportunities before and during the makeathon to find a team. We'll be posting more information on team formation events in our newsletters and on our social media accounts - be on the lookout!

Do I have to have an idea before attending/registering?

Nope! Many students come up with an idea while at the makeathon. By talking to fellow students and coming to our pre-hype events, you'll find opportunities to join an idea that piques your interest. If you get stuck, we'll have a nice list of ideas to help you out.

Can I mentor?

Yes! We welcome individuals with knowledge and expertise in various topic areas to help mentor students at MakeOHI/O. If you're interested, please contact us to find out more information!

What does it mean to join a team in the registration portal?

Upon verifying your account, you can pick a team to join in the application portal. Please note that everyone on the team must join it individually!

This gives us more information about who is coming in with a team and helps us better plan logistics and judging of the event.

How are projects judged?

MakeOHI/O is proud to have dozens of judges consisting of academia, industry professionals, and alumni. On Sunday, participants will share their projects with two sets of two judges, who will score the project based on several criteria: technical difficulty, functionality, intuitiveness, usefulness/impact, creativity, teamwork, and overall wow factor. Remember - the competition is only a small part of the event! The most important part is to have fun and build something amazing.

Are any projects not allowed?

For safety reasons, projects that intend to interface with the 120V AC mains in any way other than direct power are discouraged. Even something as small as a relay controlling a lamp being on could be hazardous with exposed wires. For similar reasons, projects involving high voltage such as Tesla coils, jacob’s ladders, or plasma speakers are discouraged. If you are unsure if your project will be allowed, please ask! We reserve the right to shut down any projects that we deem as unsafe. We want the event to be awesome and electrocution or other physical injury is not so great. Please bring your own fuses if you intend on working with the mains or otherwise high voltage project. Railgun, coil gun or any other projects with weapons are banned. Projects such as an induction furnace are similarly banned for an obvious fire hazard.

Wow, this all sounds so great! Who hosts MakeOHI/O?

MakeOHI/O is hosted by several Ohio State student organizations united under OHI/O. You can check out our other events at


Without our sponsors and supporters, MakeOHI/O wouldn't be possible. By joining us, you'll be in touch with some of the best developers, designers, and builders in the state. Our team will ensure that you have an incredible experience.



Saturday, February 2nd

Time Event
9:30 AM Check-in opens
11:00 AM Opening Keynote
12:00 PM Making Begins
2:00 PM Lunch
6:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Snacks

Sunday, February 3rd

Time Event
2:00 AM Snacks
7:00 AM Breakfast
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Making Ends
12:30 PM Judging Begins
2:00 PM Showcase Begins



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