Check out photos from the event!

PAST Foundation, Columbus, Ohio
April 15, 2017

Welcome to the website of High School I/O! High School I/O is the first high school hackathon hosted by OHI/O, a program created in 2013 with the goal of fostering a tech culture at Ohio State and its surrounding communities.

We aim to provide high school students an opportunity to learn about computer science in a fun, engaging, and inclusive environment. Students will work in teams to build real technology projects. Students will also gain the opportunity to develop new friendships, build connections with professional mentors, and learn soft skills that will help them succeed in the real world.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an informal learning event that brings together students with varying experience to create, innovate, and build a project all within one day.

Does High School I/O cost money?

High School I/O is free to participate in thanks to the PAST Foundation and our supporters.

What should I bring?

You are highly encouraged to bring a laptop from home if you can. Be sure to bring any applicable chargers, dress comfortably, and bring anything you might need during the day.

Where is it and how do I get there?

PAST Innovation Lab
1003 Kinnear Road
Columbus, Ohio 43212
PAST is on the 84 bus line. We will be reimbursing bus fares and other transportation costs for students.

What will I eat?

We will be providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all participants. We will have snacks available throughout the day. We've got participant's food restrictions covered too.

Can my parents come with me? Can I stay with my student?

Parents are more than welcome to visit at any time during this event. We encourage parents to attend the showcase at 7:30 PM to check out all of the amazing work that the students have created.

How do teams work? Do I need to have a team?

Hackathons are team driven! You will get to work in small teams of 2-3 students. You can either team up with classmates before the event or find your teammates during team formation activities the morning of.


Here's the schedule for High School I/O 2017!
Note that this schedule is subject to change.

9:00 AMDoors Open: Student Check In
9:30 AMOpening Ceremony
10:00 AMHacking Officially Begins
10:00 AM
Web Development Workshop Learn the basics of designing a website and a good user interface!
10:00 AM
Hardware Workshop Learn about microcontrollers and working with hardware!
10:45 AM
Hardware iOT Workshop Learn about the Internet Of Things and wirelessly connecting to hardware!
10:45 AM
ReactJS (User Interfaces) Workshop Learn about the popular JavaScript framework ReactJS and how it is used to create powerful user interfaces!
11:30 AM
Mobile Dev Workshop Learn about creating a mobile app!
11:30 AM
Comp Sci in real life Learn about the real world!
12:15 PMLunch (& VR Demo)
1:00 PM
OpenCV: Build a Snapchat Filter Check out how to use facial recognition to make a filter!
1:30 PM
AI Talk Learn about Artificial Intelligence!
5:45 PMDinner
6:30 PMJudging/Science Fair
7:15 PMShowcase
7:30 PMClosing Ceremony

Instructor Bios

Kevin McCartney

Kevin is a user experience design consultant with Cardinal Solutions & mobile application developer at POINT from Columbus, Ohio. He started out his career as a graphic design student, but quickly found his true passion was creating great digital products. At the center of Kevin’s work is the dedication to the responsibility we all have to make the world we want to live in- he does this by advocating for users as products & experiences become reality. Kevin is a self-taught practitioner who believes in the power of community & continual learning. He co-organizes the Conception Critique meetup & is very blessed to get to join all the wonderful people at IxDA Columbus & Columbus Web Group. Kevin loves JavaScript, good food, animals, running, & meeting new people.

Adam Albrecht

Adam Albrecht is a developer who makes applications built with Ruby and Javascript. He loves his job because it allows him to start with nothing but an idea in his head and, in a few hours, make something both beautiful and useful. Adam worked as a consultant for a few years before branching out on his own to help start two small software companies here in Columbus, one in Healthcare and the other in Legal. Outside of work, Adam loves travel, photography, fitness, and his beloved Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes.

Chris Slee

Christopher Slee is the founder and principal of AWH, a Dublin, Ohio software engineering firm currently celebrating its 22nd year of creating great digital products for business clients. At AWH, Chris leads internal and external development teams across all applications, from web, mobile, and desktop platforms, to virtual reality and machine learning. Even though Chris has been programming for more than 30-years, he continues to push the technology envelope. From drones to artificial intelligence, Chris continues to exemplify the spirit of continual learning in the tech space. As a passionate technologist and mentor, Chris founded Dev:Launch, an apprenticeship program where aspiring software developers have the opportunity to work on real client projects alongside experienced development teams. As a mentor, Chris teaches apprentices how to be efficient and productive developers, not just how to write code. Chris attended and now is an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University.

Jay Clouse

Jay Clouse is an entrepreneur and community evangelist mixing business development and product as a Product Head at CrossChx. As former COO of a technology startup (Tixers), a Create Columbus Commissioner, and an Facilitator of Startup Weekend, his mission is to empower young professional communities and grow startup ecosystems. With a love for music, he is exploring the intersection between entrepreneurship and the arts. Jay once bought Dave McClure a beer and he said that my pitch “didn’t completely suck.”

Evan Stoddart

Evan Stoddart is a third year Electrical and Computer Science Engineering Student at The Ohio State University. He chose ECE because he has always loved making cool electronics projects in my free time. He gets excited when he considers that one day something he designs will help save and/or improve the lives of others.

Cole Zemelka

Cole is a first year at The Ohio State University and is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Cole is a member of the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars group and hopes to ultimately use his degree to better the lives of those in need. Cole recently joined the Electronics Club and took on the role of Event Coordinator, where he assists with planning and running of both OHI/O and club events.

Huan Sun

Huan Sun is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University. She was a visiting scientist at the University of Washington in the first half of 2016, and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara (2015) and a B.S. in EEIS from the University of Science and Technology of China (2010). Her research interests lie in data mining and machine learning, with emphasis on question answering, text mining and understanding, network analysis, and human behavior understanding. Huan received the SIGKDD Ph.D. Dissertation Runner-Up Award (2016), the honor of being MIT EECS Rising Stars (2015), the UC Regents’ Special Fellowship (2010, 2014), and the CS Ph.D. Progress Award (2014)