What is High School I/O

High School I/O is 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. The event is free of cost for participants!

Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks are provided!

High School I/O 2023 Winners

Best Overall

Team #15: 404NotFound

Social Impact

Team #4

Most Innovative

Team #27: Coders

Best Pitch

Team #2: We Want Watermelon

Competitive Programming Challenge

Team #18: Four Musketeers


Interested in mentoring or judging for High School I/O? All college students, faculty, and industry professionals are welcome to sign up!

Mentors will be a key role throughout the event, helping students create better projects and guiding them through any challenges they may run into.

Judges will help out after hacking ends, reviewing projects based on several factors such as technical difficulty, originality, and more.

Mentor and Judge Sign-Up!


Saturday, November 18th

Event Time
Open & Check-in 9:00AM
Breakfast 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Opening Ceremony 9:40AM
Hacking Starts 10:00AM
***Workshop #1: Bootstrap Workshop (Hilliard) 10:30AM - 11:30AM
***Workshop #1: Peblio hour of code using p5.js (CSG) 10:30AM - 11:30AM
***Workshop #2: Competitive Coding 101 (Hilliard) 11:30AM - 12:30PM
***Workshop #2: Drones and Data (CSG) 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Lunch 1:00PM - 4:00PM
***Workshop #3: Introduction to Web Exploitation (Hilliard) 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Workshop #3: Positive Affirmations with Paper Engineering (CSG) 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Workshop #4: Driving Mini Robots (Hilliard) 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Hacking Ends 5:30PM
Dinner 5:30PM - 7:15PM
Judging Walkthrough Begins 5:45PM
Judging Begins 6:00PM
Judging Ends 7:00 PM
Results In 7:15PM
Closing Ceremony 7:30PM
Event End and Cleanup 8:00PM

*** Also Offered Virtually

For workshop details, see the following document [Google Doc]


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.



Official High SchoolI/O prizes this year:

Award Prize
Best Overall Nintendo Switch Lite Nintendo Switch Lite
Best Pitch Fujifilm Instax Fujifilm Instax
Most Innovative JBL Flip 6 JBL Flip 6
Social Impact 8Bitdo Retro Mechanical 8Bitdo Retro Mechanical

Frequently Asked Questions

What will students do/make?

Participants will work on team projects in whatever topic they choose! Additionally, there will be challenges that participants may choose to take on. Project deliverables usually look like some type of application/site that has been created by the participants to achieve a specific goal. In addition to this, hardware can also be used if needed!

Is the event remote or in-person?

The event is in-person and remote. We will be using Discord to host the event online.

How many students per team?

Teams can range from 2-4 students.

Do student choose their own teams?

Yes! Student's can form their own teams in the #team-formation channel in Discord! Details of how to create a team will be posted in Discord server.

What if I don't know anyone else attending?

That's fine! High School I/O is an opportunity to meet new people who have similar interests to you! Posting a little about yourself in the discord can help others get to know you and potentially find teammates!

What if I don't know how to code?

High School I/O is open to anyone, regardless of coding experience. We have mentors standing by to answer any questions you may have as well as a list of resources to help you start coding. This list will be found in the participant guide on discord soon!

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be announced closer to the event!

How do I win prizes?

To be eligible for prizes, you must be in a team of 2-4 people. Prizes may be won by completing challenges and winning in the general categories! Each team's project will be judged to determine final prizes. All projects must follow our technology submission rules