The Ohio State University's
annual makeathon.

Event Day Live Site

Knowlton Hall, Columbus, Ohio
February 2 - 3, 2019

Welcome to Columbus

On February 2nd, join us at MakeOHI/O—the Ohio State University's largest makeathon—for a weekend of building and creating real projects with awesome people. Over 150 undergraduate and graduate students will design, build, and demonstrate projects to a live audience of students, faculty, and representatives from tech companies. MakeOHI/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 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. If you're interested in participating, all attendees must adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Meet great people.

Learn something new.

Build something amazing.

Hype Events

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


Entrepreneurial Series: Making a Powerful Pitch

Presenters: Jill Raderstorf and Bethany George

4:30 - 5:30 PM @ Research Commons Brainstorming Room - 18th Ave Library Rm 350

Awards & Winners

Microsoft Grand Prize

Surface Go

Winning Team: BuckeyeBots

Jack Canaday

Jon Zimmerman

Parshva Shah

Seth Brugler

Microsoft Runner Up

Surface Headphones

Winning Team: C&G Safety Systems

Christopher Liebhart

Gabriel Lidderdale

Second Runner Up

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Winning Team: Potato People

Jun Nishikawa

Kyuzo Kelly

Visshaal Suresh

Yuto Nakahata

Most Socially Responsible

Weller Soldering Station

Winning Team: E

Jayanth Gunda

Raghav Samavedam

Ryan Ziegler

Best Aesthetic

MAKERbuino Kit

Winning Team: Electronic dream with a pinch of Cheeto

Dennis Sweeney

Kevin Cooper

Mason Cobb

Zach Jackman

Most Technically Difficult

Elegoo Complete Starter Kit

Winning Team: The OT

Gordon Weiss

Park Herbert

Rudy Fink

Tyler Ruger

Best in House

Makey Makey

Winning Team: AURA

Ben Memberg

Connor Rubin

Logan Whitaker

Sean Atwood


Honda Sponsor Challenge

Prize: Sphero Bolt for each team member

Winning Team: Back in Gear

Autumn Kerr

Kellan Heth

Maddy McGee

Miguel Garcia

Honda wants to dream up the next evolution in the car user experience—both for manually-operated and autonomous vehicles. We want you, the MakeOHI/O participants, to dream with us and explore how adaptive materials and data-driven functionality can improve the commuting experience. For more information and technical details, follow this link!

AEP Sponsor Challenge

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card for each team member

AEP currently offers the “Energy Bridge” to our customers with AMI Meters. This energy bridge receives data from the electric meter and sends this to an internet service. Customers are able to load an application on their smart phones which provides real time data and historical power usage. The AEP MakeOHio2019 challenge involves using the data from a hypothetical “Enhanced Energy Bridge” to deliver additional analytics and insights. To get started, download these files!

Winning Team: Glasses to C#

Hunter Mastin

Oscar Beausoleil

Best Use of Voice Technology

Prize: Echo Dot for each team member

Winning Team: SOLUTI/ON

Dean Ogle

JT Thrash

Noah Sediqe

Vish Anand

Sponsored by EdgeThingz

Entrepreneurial Track

Prize: $3,000 Project Seed Money

Winning Teams:

$2,000 Seed Money: NGA

Angie Volchko

Graham Tschieder

Jake Harrington

Zach Feldman

$1,000 Seed Money: C&G Safety Systems

Christopher Liebhart

Gabriel Lidderdale

$500 Seed Money: E

Jayanth Gunda

Raghav Samavedam

Ryan Ziegler

As MakeOHI/O grows, we also want to evolve in our mission to foster the greater tech community! OHI/O brings partners together to provide resources for longer term, business oriented projects. If you think your project could become business, make a pitch!

For this event, the judging team will be led by Tim Raderstorf of Ohio State's Innovation Studio. The criteria is based off of Ohio Innovation Fund's Lean Value Canvas, the team’s pitch, plus points for the attitudes and drive of the team members. All competing teams will be vying for $3,000 of seed money, generously donated by the Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Erdős Institute.

In addition to this challenge, after MakeOHI/O all teams are eligible for additional funding from the Innovation Studio and are encouraged to pitch their idea to the studio at their next pitch day on February 20th. Click here to submit your MakeOHI/O project to the Innovation Studio.


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

What is a makeathon?

A makeathon is similar to a hackathon. Both are events where participants build awesome projects from scratch in just a few short hours. The difference between a MAKEathon and a HACKathon is that we are encouraging projects to be maker-oriented, and therefore physically making something!

Who can participate?

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

I want to apply for MakeOHI/O! What's the timeline?

The application for MakeOHI/O is now closed! Please check the portal for your application status. You should have received an email indicating whether you've been admitted or waitlisted. Contact us if you have questions!

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.

Is this event free? What about food?

MakeOHI/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.

Do I need a team?

All participants should be in teams of 2 to 4, but don't worry if you're coming in without a team. OHI/O provides opportunities before and during the makeathon to find a team. We'll be posting more information on team formation events in our newsletters and on our social media accounts - be on the lookout!

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

Nope! Many students come up with an idea while at the makeathon. By talking to fellow students and coming to our pre-hype events, 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.

Can I mentor?

Yes! We welcome individuals with knowledge and expertise in various topic areas to help mentor students at MakeOHI/O. If you're interested, please contact us to find out more information!

What does it mean to join a team in the registration portal?

Upon verifying your account, you can pick a team to join in the application portal. Please note that everyone on the team must join it individually!

This gives us more information about who is coming in with a team and helps us better plan logistics and judging of the event.

How are projects judged?

MakeOHI/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.

Are any projects not allowed?

For safety reasons, projects that intend to interface with the 120V AC mains in any way other than direct power are discouraged. Even something as small as a relay controlling a lamp being on could be hazardous with exposed wires. For similar reasons, projects involving high voltage such as Tesla coils, jacob’s ladders, or plasma speakers are discouraged. If you are unsure if your project will be allowed, please ask! We reserve the right to shut down any projects that we deem as unsafe. We want the event to be awesome and electrocution or other physical injury is not so great. Please bring your own fuses if you intend on working with the mains or otherwise high voltage project. Railguns, coil guns or any other projects with weapons are prohibited. Projects such as an induction furnace are similarly prohibited for an obvious fire hazard.

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

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


Without our sponsors and supporters, MakeOHI/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.



Saturday, February 2nd

Time Event
9:30 AM Check-in opens
10:45 AM Waitlist Check-in opens
11:00 AM Opening Keynote
12:15 PM Making Begins
1:30 PM Lunch
6:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Snacks

Sunday, February 3rd

Time Event
2:00 AM Snacks
7:00 AM Breakfast
11:30 AM Lunch
12:15 PM Making Ends
12:30 PM Judging Begins
2:00 PM Showcase Begins


Sign up to judge at**

**Faculty, postdocs, staff, and business professionals are all invited to help us judge and mentor(students are NOT eligible to serve as judges, but may mentor or serve as reps).




Available Hardware:

  • Jumper Wire
  • 1-4 USB Hub
  • 3-Button Mice
  • Micro-SD Card Reader
  • Li-Ion Battery: (500mAH - 2500mAH)
  • Micro SD Cards and Readers
  • 5V DC Barrell Jacks
  • Male Female Headers
  • Breadboards
  • Multimeters
  • Batteries
  • Single Color LEDs
  • Resistors
  • Potentiometers
  • Resistors
  • Potentiometers
  • Diodes
  • Push Buttons
  • Wire
  • Stepper Motors
  • DC Motors
  • Servos
  • Small Speakers
  • Assortment of Power Supplies
  • Raspberry Pi Camera
  • Leap Motion
  • Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
  • SparkFun Maker Kit
  • Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3
  • Elegoo Sensor kit for Arduino
  • MSP 430 P401R/ FR6989 / CC3100 MCU
  • SensorTag IoT Kit CC2650STK
  • Sensor Hub BoosterPack
  • Arduino Uno
  • Arduino Nano
  • Resistors
  • MSP430
  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
  • Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Seed Studio base Shield
  • Arduino LC Studio SD Reader
  • Beagle Board Black
  • Ardx Kit
  • Sunfounder Kit
  • Launchpad Dev Kit
  • Intel Galileo
  • Assortment of ICs
  • Wireless Router
  • 2GB Ram Server
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Computer Mouse
  • 7 Segment Displays
  • LCD screens
  • DC Buzzer
  • nRF24L01
  • ESP8266
  • Sensors:
    • Light Sensor
    • Temperature Sensor
    • PIR Motion Sensor
    • Force Sensor
    • IR Sensor
    • Others
  • Cables:
    • HDMI
    • HDMI to USB
    • HDMI to Micro
    • Aux Cord 3.5mm
    • Ethernet
    • Power Cables
    • HDMI to VGA

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