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On March 5th, 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. This year, BioHack and MakeOHI/O will be partnered!
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.
Here are some common questions that people ask. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
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!
Nope, you are free to explore any topic you find interesting. We have partnered with BMES and BioHack this year to offer more choices and bring greater attention to Bio-related topics. Feel free to create any project you are interested in, Bio related or not.
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.
Registration will go live January 15th and continue until March 4th. If you want to be eligible to build a hardware kit, you must register and have a team before February 11th. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams make all sorts of things! Previous projects have included mobile apps, websites, smart mirrors, light-up glasses, pancake printers...the possibilities are endless. Hardware will be made available to teams via a kit builder that opens February 12th at noon. Challenges and prizes will be announced simultaneously to give teams an opportunity to select the most appropriate hardware. Teams will be able to build a kit from our list of hardware and pick it up the week before the event, free of charge! Anyone within a 30 mile radius of OSU will have to pick up their kit. If you are outside 30 miles, contact email@example.com to make additional arrangements.
MakeOHI/O is free to participate in! We want all students to have an opportunity to work on projects with hardware, which is why we’re also providing free hardware kits this MakeOHI/O.
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. Team formation will be ongoing in the Discord server up to the event. We will post more information on team formation on our event website and in Discord but step one is to register for participation.
Nope! Many students come up with an idea while at the makeathon or by addressing one of our proposed challenges. By talking to fellow students you'll find opportunities to brainstorm ideas that pique your interest. you get stuck, we'll have a nice list of ideas to help you out. This year, we recommend discussing possible ideas with your team before kit building opens so that you have a better idea of what hardware to choose for your kit.
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!
Upon verifying your account, you can pick a team to join in the application Please note that everyone on the team must join it individually! You must be on a team to participate and Hardware kits are only distributed 1 per team (of 2-4 students).
MakeOHI/O is proud to have dozens of judges consisting of academia, industry professionals, and alumni. On Sunday, participants will create a 2 min video demonstration of their project and submit it for judging. More details on how the submission process works will be given closer to the event. Remember - the competition is only a small part of the event! The most important part is to have fun and build something amazing.
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.
MakeOHI/O is hosted by OHI/O and the Electronics Club here at OSU. We’re also partnering with BMES this year to incorporate Bio-Hack into MakeOHI/O. You can find more information about OHI/O and our other events at https://hack.osu.edu.
Microsoft Grand Prize (1st Place)
Microsoft Headphone Prize (2nd Place)
Most Technically Difficult
Best New to Make
“In-Vehicle Health” Challenge [PDF]
Create a hardware solution that enables health in the vehicle by tracking health indicators and/or actuating responses for unhealthy stimuli.
Prize: Holy Stone HS-Series HS110D Drones
Health & Safety Monitoring Challenge [PDF]
Construct a device for worker health/safety monitoring and alerting. Ideas for the device include monitoring pulse and blood oxygen, motion, temperature/humidity, and UV detection.
Prize: Up to 4 $200 gift cards for the winning team
Find an impactful problem or project that can be better optimized with low-power
electronics, utilizing the Texas Instrument MSP430 microcontroller’s low power mode to create a
solution that minimizes power consumption.
Prize: $35 Amazon gift card (each) first place, $20 Amazon gift card (each) second place, $20 Amazon gift card (each) third place.
This online maker challenge is a pilot test of an IoT kit innovation activity for
technology that helps advance medical diagnostic assessment outside a typical clinical setting
(doctor’s office, urgent care center, hospital, etc.) using communication and distribution
Prize: $250 gift card (each) first place, $100 gift card (each) second place
Project #1: ICU Hand Washing Recognition System
Design and build a prototype for an automated visual alert system for health-care workers to adhere to hand hygiene protocols as they enter and leave a patient’s room
Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Cards for each member of 1st Place Team, $50 Gift Card for 2nd Place team members, $20 for 3rd Place team members
Project #2: Wheelchair Obstacle Sensor
Develop a system that will help to prevent accidental collisions between wheelchairs and walls or other similar obstacles in the environment
Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Cards for Each member of 1st Place Team, $50 Gift Card for 2nd Place team members, $20 for 3rd Place team members
|Friday, March 5th - 6:00 PM||Opening Ceremony|
|Sunday, March 7th - 11:00 AM||Making Ends|
|Sunday, March 7th - 3:30 PM||Project Showcase Begins|
|Tuesday, January 15th||Registration Opens|
|Friday, Feburary 12th, 12:00pm EST||KitBuilder Opens|
|Monday, Feburary 15th, 12:00pm EST||KitBuilder Closes|
|Thursday, March 4th||Registration Closes|
MakeOHI/O is Virtual! That means this year’s access to hardware is brand new. On February 12th via the
Discord platform, challenges will be announced and teams will be given access to a Kit Builder website.
Teams will have the weekend to evaluate the challenges, their hardware budget, and select from a list of
components to create their hardware kit. That hardware will serve as all the materials used for your MakeOHI/O
MakeOHI/O would not be possible without the help of our volunteers. We want to thank some of our VIP judges that helped make this event possible! A special thank you to the following individuals:
MakeOHI/O 2021 is set to be March 5th - 7th! Join us for our first fully virtual makeathon as we give students the unique opportunity to receive hardware and develop projects from the safety of their homes.
Mentors will assist participants throughout the event with any questions or concerns they may have while creating their project.
Judges will help us score teams on March 7th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM by reviewing their projects in the form of a video submission and scoring them.
More details including schedules, logistics, and how to join our event space will be distributed at a later date to those who have signed up.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, judge, and/or sponsor company representative, please fill out the form! Available here