What is HackOHI/O?

HackOHI/O is a 24-hour hackathon that attracts over 800 participants annually for a full weekend of coding, learning, networking, and innovation. HackOHI/O gives students a unique, experiential-learning opportunity to build technology projects from scratch in a welcoming, supporting environment.

Teams can come with an idea themselves or can take inspiration from challenges presented by our supporting companies and organizations. After the 24-hour "hacking" session is over, teams present their projects to industry experts and judges to get feedback and compete for prizes.

HackOHI/O is hosted by OHI/O, a student organization at The Ohio State University. OHI/O is dedicated to fostering tech culture at Ohio State and its surrounding communities in Central Ohio.

In 2022, HackOHI/O will be celebrating it's 10th year Anniversary! OHI/O is proud of the legacy Hack has created at Ohio State and hopes to make this years Hack the best yet. This year, Hack will feature additional hype events, more event festivities, and bigger prizes. We hope to see you there!

Announcements

  • PODCAST ALERT

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    Dean Ayanna Howard chats with OHI/O Program Coordinator Cal King and Student Co-Lead Adit Anup about Ohio State's Signature Hackathon, HackOHI/O. The OHI/O program is dedicated to fostering tech culture at The Ohio State University.

    HackOHI/O is a free, 24-hour hackathon that attracts over 800 participants for a full weekend of coding, learning, networking and innovation. With the support of professionals and fellow students teams compete for big prizes and entrepreneurial opportunities!

    This Podcast discusses how students benefit, how companies get involved and how much fun is had at the hackathon, happening October 8-9, 2022.

  • The Ten Year Anniversary of HackOHI/O Teams up with The Ohio Stadium's 100th year celebration!

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    OHI/O and the Athletics department are teaming up to offer students a chance envision the future of the Ohio Stadium. The iconic stadium on the banks of the Olentangy River has been the site of 100 years of games, commencement ceremonies, concerts and, for all Buckeye fans, memories. "Ohio Stadium holds a special place in the hearts of all Buckeyes and it is a place of historic significance," said President Kristina M. Johnson. To celebrate that history and craft an enduring future, the Ohio Stadium must evolve and grow to meet the needs of its community.

    At HackOHI/O, students in a variety of majors will envision the future of tech at the 'Shoe. They'll look for ways to use technology to transform the fan experience. HackOHI/O is Ohio State's signature hackathon, drawing nearly 800 students to ideate, design and demo innovative ideas during a 24 hour invention marathon. From its inception in the library basement with fewer than 100 participants to the weekend of activities that now occupies the Ohio Union, HackOHI/O has come along way in the last ten year. Teams now compete for their piece of $10,000 in prizes and ongoing entrepreneurial support from the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship.

    How could you use technology to improve or transform the Ohio Stadium's visitor experience? Full challenge details will be released at the event, October 8th. Register for Hack and join a team of passionate folks eager to show the 'Shoe what you can do!

  • New Entrepreneurship Opportunities at HackOHI/O!

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    HackOHI/O is an event dedicated to making, building and coding innovative solutions that address real world problems. Unlike pitch events HackOHI/O encourages students to prototype and demonstrate their work in a 24hr invention marathon. This year OHI/O teams up with the Keenan Center to provide entrepreneurship support for these big ideas and prototypes. Teams as HackOHI/O will now have access to the following:

    1. Any team that completes HackOHI/O will be invited to participate in the Best of Student Startups (BOSS) program.
    2. The 1st place winner at HackOH/IO will receive an automatic invitation to pitch at the Best of Student Startups (BOSS) Finale.
    3. The 1st place winner of HackOH/IO will also receive an automatic invitation to participate in Boost Camp, a six-week pre-accelerator program for the President's Buckeye Accelerator. Boost Camp participants will have the chance to pitch at the President's Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale in spring 2023 which selects six ventures to each receive $50,000.

    These programs prepare students to take their projects to the next level and offers them invaluable entrepreneurship experience. Register for HackOHI/O and build something amazing then take advantage of this continued support to build a brand new opportunity!

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  • Registration Deadline

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    The registration deadline for HackOHI/O X is Thursday, October 6. Register now to ensure that you can participate in the event!

Volunteers

HackOHI/O provides opportunities for industry and academic professionals to work directly with students.

Mentors will assist participants throughout the event with any questions or concerns they may have while creating their project. We welcome individuals with knowledge and expertise in various topics to help mentor students at HackOHI/O. This year, mentors can participate both virtually and in-person.

Judges will help us score teams on October 9th by reviewing their projects in the form of a video submission and live discussion with the teams. This year, judges will be virtual only. If you are interested in attending the event in-person and want to judge, please sign up to be a mentor as well.

Sponsors

Want to get connected with professionals? Interested in submitting a resume to our sponsors? Submit your resume here!:
Submit Resume Here

FAQ

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don't have to be a programmer, and you certainly don't have to be majoring in Computer Science. (Definition adapted from MLH organizer guide).

This year we will be hosting a hybrid event that is virtual and in-person. While we encourage teams to attend in person, there are ways for students, sponsors, and mentors to join us virtually and still participate. It is imperative that all participants, regardless of in-person or virtual status, join the HackOHI/O Discord server to get access to all the event-specific details. The join link will be sent in a confirmation email after the registration form has been completed.

Everything will work as before but be virtualized using different technologies. There will still be access to mentors, sponsors and other hackers. If you plan to attend virtually, be sure to join the HackOHI/O X Discord for pertinent updates when you receive an invitation.

Anyone who is a student at a university! (AKA if you have a .edu email address, undergrads and grad students are both welcome). 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.
Note, unfortunately, if you are under the age of 18 AND you are not an OSU student you are not eligible to participate (OSU Policy). However, if you are an OSU student under the age of 18, you are eligible to participate. Likewise, if you are not an OSU student AND you are over the age of 18, you are eligible to participate.

The registration for HackOHI/O 2022 is open! Register by clicking here. Since we are planning to provide free meals for those who participate in-person, we will also send a short confirmation email a week before the event. If you have any questions about the registration process, contact registerhackohio@gmail.com.

You can pick a team to join in the Discord Server. Teams can be anywhere from 2-4 members, and we require for all participants to be in a team to be eligible for judging. If you are looking for a team, we'll be providing opportunities before and during the hackathon to find one. We'll be posting more information on team formation events in our newsletters and on our social media accounts - be on the lookout!

That's okay! One of the goals of a hackathon is to learn new skills, and we will have mentors available to help you throughout your project. We will also host workshops prior to the hackathon to introduce you to new programming languages and/or tools. And remember, there are other ways to help out a team in their development beyond programming.

Yes, this event is free for all participants! We would like to thank our generous sponsors and supporters for making this possible.

Nope! Many participants come up with their ideas at the hackathon. Challenges presented by our sponsors will be released the week before the event, which also spark idea formation (and the chance for additional prizes!)

The spirit of a hackathon is to see what you can accomplish in one weekend. Although we will not prevent students from entering with pre-built components, when you enter your project for judging we ask that you are honest and transparent with the judges about what and how much was accomplished during HackOHI/O.

HackOHI/O provides opportunities for industry and academic professionals to work directly with students.

Mentors will assist participants throughout the event with any questions or concerns they may have while creating their project. We welcome individuals with knowledge and expertise in various topics to help mentor students at HackOHI/O. This year, mentors can participate both virtually and in-person.

Judges will help us score teams on October 9th by reviewing their projects in the form of a video submission and live discussion with the teams. This year, judges will be virtual only. If you are interested in attending the event in-person and want to judge, please sign up to be a mentor as well.

If you're interested in being a judge or mentor, please sign up at https://go.osu.edu/volunteerhack

Yes there will! Swag pick-up will happen as you enter HackOHI/O the morning of October 8th. Unfortunately, OHI/O is unable to ship swag to virtual participants. However, virtual participants who win awards will have prizes shipped to them.

Yes! Just mention the person who will pick-up for you in the comments on your signup, or let an organizer know.

This year, the Electronics club will be providing basic materials for the event in-person. You are more than welcome to still build with your own materials!

HackOHI/O is hosted by OHI/O, an Ohio State student organization. Check out our other events at hack.osu.edu. Sign up for our mailing list to keep up to date with our activities). If you're interested in joining our team of amazing student leaders, reach out to hackathon@osu.edu.

HackOHI/O X will operate based on the current Safe and Healthy protocols. For more information, visit: https://safeandhealthy.osu.edu/events

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Schedule

View our Hack OHI/O X Union Map

Saturday - October 8th

8:00 AM Check-in Starts Grand Ballroom
8:30 AM Breakfast Opens
9:30 AM Opening Remarks Grand Ballroom
10:00 AM Hacking Begins!
11:00 AM Tech Talk: AWS Senate Chamber Room
12:00 PM Tech Talk: Honda Senate Chamber Room
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Tech Talk: Veeva Senate Chamber Room
7:00 PM Dinner

Sunday - October 9th

12:00 AM Midnight Snacks
7:30 AM Breakfast Opens
10:00 AM Hacking Ends!
10:30 AM Judging Begins Interfaith Room
11:00 AM Lunch Opens
2:30 PM Showcase Opens Performance Hall

Prizes

Award Prize
Grand Prize Apple iPad Air (2022) Apple iPad Air 2022
Second Place Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Quest 2
Third Place Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch
Fourth Place Beats Studio3 Headphones Beats Studio3 Headphones
Fifth Place Bose SoundLink Speaker Bose SoundLink Speaker

More Information Coming Soon!