The Ohio State University's
annual makeathon.

Event Day Live Site

Knowlton Hall, Columbus, Ohio
February 29th - March 1st, 2020

Welcome to Columbus

On February 29th, 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.


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?

Registration for MakeOHI/O is now closed. You will be notified if you were accepted and then asked to fill out a confirmation. Acceptances have been sent out. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

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 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.



Winning teams will receive up to 4 of the prizes below, 1 for each team member!

Overall Winner

Microsoft Surface Go

Second Place

Microsoft Surface Headphones

Third Place

Oculus Go VR Headset

Most Creative

Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit

Most Impactful

Holy Stone 170 Predator Drone

Most Technically Difficult

Dr. J Professional Projector

Most Polished

Hakko Soldering Station

Best In House Sprint

ELEGOO Arduino Starter Kit


Honda [PDF]

Build an IoT system to track the movement, arrangement and utilization of 99P Labs resources. Understand what it takes for your indoor location tracking system to be low cost and scalable.

1st Prize: M5Stack GREY IoT Development Kit & M5StickC ESP32 Pico, 2nd Prize: $25 Gift Card


Build a small display device to indicate utility usage, abnormal conditions and/or environmental conditions in the home.

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Entrepreneurial Track - The Innovation Studio & OHI/O

As MakeOHI/O grows, we also want to evolve! Although we love all projects made at Make, one of OHI/O's goal is to be able 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 Innovation Studio and OHI/O.

1st Prize: $1500 in Project Funding, 2nd Prize: $1000 in Project Funding, 3rd Prize: $500 in Project Funding


Saturday, February 29th

Time Event
9:30 AM Check-in opens
9:30 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM Opening Keynote
11:15 AM Making Begins
12:30 PM Lunch
3:00 PM Battelle Tech Talk: Hardware Security
6:00 PM Dinner

Sunday, March 1st

Time Event
1:00 AM Snacks
7:00 AM Breakfast
11:00 AM Lunch
11:15 AM Making Ends
12:00 PM Judging Begins
1:30 PM Showcase Begins


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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