The Ohio State University's
annual hackathon.

Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio
October 21 - 22, 2017

Welcome to Columbus

On October 21st, join us at HackOHI/O—the Ohio State University's largest hackathon—for a weekend of building and creating real projects with awesome people. Over 750 undergraduate and graduate students will design, build, and demonstrate projects to a live audience of students, faculty, and representatives from tech companies. HackOHI/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 great people.

Learn something new.

Build something amazing.

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.

Hype Events

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


TechHub Grant Information Session

6:00 - 7:00 PM @ Tech Hub
Do you have a tech-related project idea that could use additional support to make it a reality? Whether you’re looking to create an app, art installation or event, our student project grants are a great opportunity to fund your idea and bring it to life. Register now to learn about past projects that received funding, ask questions about the process and meet others interested in collaborating.


Microsoft Luncheon: Q&A Panel with Engineers

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
@ Nosker House, Burgee Room  
Grab some good food and hear from Microsoft engineers! If you have questions for the panel, please submit them to this form. ACM-W's past president Winnie Li will be on the panel as well! *Chipotle will be provided*


Facebook: Tech Interview Preparation

7:00 - 8:00 PM PM @ TBD  
Want to know how to prepare technical interviews? Come and learn from Facebook engineers! They will be walking through the interview process and going through some practice problems.


Workshop by Web Development Industry Expert, Kevin Mack

7:30 PM @ SEL 090  
There are many aspects of learning a programming language, but one of the most difficult parts is knowing where to start and how to do it correctly. This workshop is aimed at designers, developers and students that has ever wanted to learn how to build interfaces using CSS and HTML. The workshop will cover the core of CSS, focus on specificity in CSS, CSS inheritance, and best practices of writing CSS and HTML.


Teradata (with Cisco and Qlik)

7:00 - 8:00 PM @ Caldwell 120  
Join us to hear from representatives of Teradata and Cisco. Their teams will give an overview of the dataset that hackers will use to complete their Smart Cities HackOHI/O challenge. Check out the challenge here.


Lecture by Richard Hipp, Creator of SQLite

4:00 - 5:00 PM @ Knowlton 250
Brush up on your database skills with a unique lecture given by the creator of SQLite. Shipping on most computer systems, as well as iOS and Android, SQLite has over 2B installations making it one of the most installed database systems available.


Smart Cities: Big opportunities, big challenges

7:30 - 9:00 PM @ Dreese Labs 480  
Smart cities attempt to make the movement of people and goods safer, greener and more equitable. Come for an overview of the Columbus Smart City Project and discuss the science behind why smart cities can have bad as well as good outcomes. Hear about the new data sources and urban science that can shape smart cities toward better outcomes. Presented by Dr. H Miller and sponsored by Teradata. Check out the Smart City Challenge here.


TechTalk with CTO of Root Insurance, Dan Manges

8:00 - 9:00 PM @ Union Senate Chamber
Join the Ohio State Business Builder's club to hear from Dan Manges -- Founder and CTO of Root Insurance as well as founding CTO of the widely successful online payment processing tool, BrainTree.


ACM-W Picnic and HackOHI/O Team Formation

4:00 - 6:00 PM @ Dreese Lobby
Interested in attending HackOHI/O 2017 but need teammates? Want free Cane’s? Looking for an internship or full time opportunity? ACM-W is hosting our annual Fall Picnic sponsored by Brooksource to provide all of that! If you already have a team or are otherwise not interested in the social, we encourage you to come hang out with us and enjoy some food. Make sure you a bring a resume if you’re interested in job opportunities!


Root TechTalk on React Native

6:00 - 7:30 PM @ SEL 070/090
Ever wanted to build a mobile app that just works for both Android and iOS? React Native is your answer -- it’s a platform that empowers developers to build cross-platform apps quickly and easily. Learn more about Root here.


Congratulations to all of our winners from 2017! You truly creatd something amazing. Check out the list of winning teams and their projects here.

Best Hardware Hack

Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook

Best Software Hack

Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook

Most Impactful Application

Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

Best Designed Hack

Makey Makey

Most Original Hack

Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds

Most Ambitious Hack

TP-Link Smart Plug

Best New Hack

Tile- Key Finder

Share the Load (Teamwork)

Fujifilm Instant Camera + Film


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

I want to come, but I didn't get a ticket. What should I do?

Come in the morning and you will entered onto the waitlist. Everyone from the waitlist will be let in on a first-come, first-served basis if there are open spots when the morning check-in deadline ends. So if you ARE registered, be sure to get there before the deadline!

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a fun 24 or 36 hour event that brings together multi-disciplinary students with varying experience from across the nation together to create, innovate, and build a project all within one weekend. Students have access to professional mentors, workshops, and loaner hardware during the event. They also have the opportunity to showcase and demo their work projects to judges and other exposition attendees at the end of the event.

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.

But... I don't know how to code!

Not to worry! HackOHI/O provides opportunities for first-time programmers. From workshops, to resources to mentors and teammates, you'll be sure to pick up skills over the weekend. Past that, teams need more than just coders and great projects always start with diverse teams. Everyone has some knowledge and perspective they can bring to the table.

Is it free? What about food?

HackOHI/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.

Who can participate?

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

Anyone is welcome to attend our Sunday showcase, where our winners will present their projects. Registration to the showcase is free and will open in October.

What should I bring?

Bring a laptop, a phone, some comfy clothes, appropriate chargers, and toiletries! Remember your toothbrush and paste. Leave any pre-written code at home; your projects should be started and completed at the hackathon.

I registered... When do I pick my team?

Upon being accepted, registrants who indicated that they had team members will receive a follow up form to register their team. Please note that everyone on the team must fill out this form!

If you are still in need of a team, no worries! OHI/O provides opportunities before and during the hackathon to find a team. We will soon have a team formation group on Facebook, which you will be welcome to join. We'll be posting more information on team formation events in our newsletters and on our social media accounts - be on the lookout!

How large can teams be?

All participants should be in teams of 2 to 4. We hope to encourage teamwork while keeping team sizes manageable for a 24 hour event.

Do I have to have an idea?

Nope! Many students come up with an idea at the hackathon. 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 HackOHI/O. If you're interested, please fill out this form.

When will I be notified of acceptance?

We're currently in the process of reviewing all applicants and sending acceptances out in waves through the beginning of November. Stay tuned - if you've registered, you will receive an email in due time!

How are projects judged?

HackOHI/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.

If you're interested in being a judge for HackOHI/O 2017, please fill out this form.

Are travel reimbursements available?

We plan on sending buses to schools in and around Ohio who have a high number of registrants. We also have a limited number of Marathon gift certificates for students who carpool to HackOHI/O from out of the Columbus area.

What is the lockdown?

For safety, no one is allowed to enter or leave the Ohio Union between the hours of 11:30 PM and 7 AM. If you'd like to leave the event for the night, please keep the lockdown period in mind.

Can I bring my desktop computer and a monitor?

Yep! Each participant's space isn't too big, but there should be enough space on the table top and ground for a desktop/monitor setup. Please note that we do not have ethernet connections available - you should come with a wireless adapter, if you do not have one already.

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

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


Without our sponsors, HackOHI/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.

Interested in sponsoring and helping create something amazing? Take a look at our sponsor page and reach out to us with any questions.



Saturday, October 21st

Time Event Location
8:00 AM Doors open; student and sponsor check-in 2nd floor, outside Ballroom
9:00 AM Team-building event Dance Room 2
9:00 AM Breakfast Ballroom / Senate Chamber
9:45 AM Opening keynote Ballroom
10:30 AM Hacking begins! Ballroom / Senate Chamber
11:00 AM Theresa Paul Tech Talk Maudine Cow Room (Basement)
12:00 PM JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tech Talk Maudine Cow Room (Basement)
1:00 PM Lunch Ballroom / Senate Chamber
2:00 PM Teradata Tech Talk Maudine Cow Room (Basement)
3:00 PM AgTech Zone Tech Talk Maudine Cow Room (Basement)
4:00 PM Yoga with Roz, Sponsored by Ohio State's Counseling and Consultation Service Dance Room 1 (Basement)
6:00 PM Dinner Ballroom / Senate Chamber
11:30 PM Lockdown Ohio Union

Saturday Long-Term Activities

Time Event Location
10:00 AM (Sat) - 9:00 AM (Sun) OSU Partner Resources: AgTech Zone, Innovation Studio, STEP Makers Danny Price Lounge
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Relaxation Lounge: Arts, Games, and Yoga Dance Room 1 (Basement)
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM JPMorgan Chase & Co. Networking Event Suzanne Scharer Room
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Microsoft Xbox Lounge Maudine Cow Room (Basement)
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Bellwether Improv Comedy Festival US Bank Conference Theater of the Ohio Union

Sunday, October 22nd

Time Event Location
7:00 AM Lockdown ends Ohio Union
7:30 AM Breakfast Ballroom
9:00 AM Teams register for judging Ballroom
9:30 AM Relocate to judging rooms Senate Chamber / Cartoon Room / Interfaith Prayer & Reflection Room
11:00 AM Hacking ends; judging begins Judging rooms
1:30 PM Judging ends Judging rooms
1:30 PM Pre-Showcase begins Performance Hall
2:30 PM Showcase Begins Performance Hall
4:30 PM Showcase ends Performance Hall

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