Central Ohio's
annual high school hackathon.

2 Miranova PI, Columbus, Ohio
March 23rd, 2019

Welcome to Columbus

On March 23rd, join us at High School I/O—a one day hackathon for high schoolers hosted by OHI/O, Ohio State's hackathon program. We aim to provide high school students an opportunity to learn about computer science in a fun, engaging, and inclusive environment.

Meet and work with other passionate, fun and creative students to build real technology projects. There will also be the opportunity to develop new friendships, build connections with professional mentors, and learn soft skills for success in the real world. If you're interested in participating, all attendees must adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Meet great people.

Learn something new.

Build something amazing.

Awards & Winners

Greatest Social Impact

Shower Speaker

Winning Team: The Shams 2.0

Runner Up: MoneySAAC

Most Technically Difficult

Wireless Charging Stand

Winning Team: DROP TABLE teams;--

Runner Up: Broke Boys

Best Designed Hack

Infinity Cube Gadget

Winning Team: Space Nerds

Runner Up: Warriors

Most Original Hack

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Winning Team: The Dingoos

Runner Up: Technical Difficulties

Best Clutch

Smartphone Movie video Amplifier

Winning Team: Luxury Apartments

Runner Up: E

NSF AISL Challenge

Wendy's and Buffalo Wild Wings Giftcards

Winning Team: The Shams 2.0

Runner Up: KJR

Special thanks to Brooksource for providing prizes!


National Science Foundation - Advancing Informal STEM Learning


People with certain neurological differences are often uniquely sensitive to subtle features of the environment. Because of this, these individuals can experience negative effects on their physical and/or mental health if an environment is not well-tailored to their needs. Examples of neurological differences may include autism, sensory processing disorder, epilepsy, or traumatic brain injury (TBI).


Given this problem, design a technology that could predict, prevent, or treat, physical or mental health issues that may arise in different environmental conditions. Environment can include any place or setting, but may have different environmental factors such as brightness, noise levels, air compositions, humidity, and temperature. Please provide a description of the full solution, but it is permissible (and advisable) to build one component of it.


Continue this challenge at Brain Health Hack put on by The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute!


Here are some common questions that people ask. If you have any additional questions, please contact the program coordinator at lengade.3@osu.edu.

Does High School I/O cost money?

High School I/O is free to participate in thanks to our supporters.

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.

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!

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 2-4 students. You can either team up with classmates before the event or find your teammates during team formation activities the morning of.

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

Nope! Many students come up with an idea while at the hackathon. By talking to fellow students and mentors, you'll find opportunities to brainstorm ideas that pique your interest. If you get stuck, we'll have a nice list of ideas to help you out.

Does registering confirm my attendance?

No. We have sent out confirmation emails already, so please check your inbox and spam to follow further instructions to confirm your attendance. If you are on the waitlist, we can accommodate you if we have space day of the event.


Without our sponsors and supporters, High School I/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.



Below outlines the schedule for the entirety of the High School I/O event. The event is from 9 am to 8 pm but the actual hacking will be taking place from 10 am until 6 pm. Please arrive by 9 am to check in and get set up before the opening activities.

Feel free to invite friends and family to the final science fair demo time and the final showcase!

Saturday, March 23rd

Time Event
9:00 AM Doors Open + Registration + Breakfast + Team Formation
9:30 AM Opening Ceremony
10:00 AM Hacking Officially Begins
10:15 AM "The Physics of Video Games" - Chris Orban
11:00 AM "Embroidering Electronics into the Next Generation of Smart Fabrics" - Dr. Kiourti
12:00 PM Lunch
3:00 PM "Beginner's Guide to Social Media and Text Analysis" - Dr. Wei Xu
5:30 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Hacking Ends
6:15 PM Science Fair + Judging Period
7:30 PM Closing Ceremony


The Physics of Video Games

Chris Orban

Each year video games become more and more realistic, not just in terms of graphical resolution or frame rate but also in physics included in the games. Being able to translate interesting physics into games is an increasingly desired skill.

The STEMcoding project is led by OSU Prof. Chris Orban and they have a nice youtube channel that illustrates how to do this by focusing on simple 2D games with interesting physics. Come work through their hour of code tutorial and get some food for thought for the competition!

Embroidering Electronics into the Next Generation of Smart Fabrics

Dr. Asimina Kiourti

Archaeology reveals that humans started wearing clothes some 170,000 years ago, very close to the second-to-last ice age. Even now, though, most modern humans wear clothes that are only barely different from those earliest garments. But that’s about to change as flexible electronics are increasingly woven into what are being called “smart fabrics.”

In this workshop, Prof. Asimina Kiourti (Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University) will discuss a new class of electronics that are directly embroidered into fabrics using conductive threads. The workshop will start with an introduction to wearables, followed by a discussion of antenna and electronics basics. We will then present a step-by-step process for embroidering an antenna as part of the Ohio State logo. Finally, we will discuss example applications for embroidered electronics, including smart hats that read brain activity, bedsheets that monitor infants’ length; and leggings that monitor the way we move.

Beginner's Guide to Social Media and Text Analysis

Dr. Wei Xu

In this 45-minute tutorial, we will introduce you to the following basic programming and data analytics techniques. It is a shortened version of OSU's CSE course "Social Media and Text Analysis" designed by the instructor (Prof. Wei Xu).
Workshop material can be found here.

1) Basic Programming in Python: Python is a very beginner-friendly programming language, yet one of the most common programming language choice by AI researchers.

2) Twitter API: Twitter API is what used by developers and researchers to obtain Twitter data. We will provide an overview as well as step-by-step instructions on how to access the Twitter API with Python.

3) Natural Language Processing Research: Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a major branch of artificial intelligence that deals with human language texts, including machine translation, natural language understanding, generation, etc. In particular, we will demonstrate a few simple NLP tools for processing text and Twiter data.

Wei Xu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State. Her research interests include natural language processing, machine learning and social media. She received her PhD in computer science with a five-year MacCracken Fellowship from New York University. Before joining Ohio State, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Xu has spoken at Google, Amazon, IBM Research, and 30 other companies and universities. Her current activities include organizing the annual international Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (W-NUT) and designing a new course at Ohio State, “Social Media and Text Analytics.”

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