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HackOHI/O is a 24-hour marathon of coding creativity and collaboration

COLUMBUS, Ohio – HackOHI/O 2018, The Ohio State University’s sixth annual 24-hour hackathon, is the reason more than 800 students will code, build and innovate around the clock in the Ohio Union Oct. 27 – 28.

Hackathons are technical project marathons where student teams go from idea to prototype in a single weekend, solving a problem or meeting a need in the marketplace. HackOHI/O is the largest in the state.

Students from Ohio State and other Midwest schools will converge on Columbus to spend the weekend building novel technology apps, devices and projects. After 24 hours of “hacking,” the teams at HackOHI/O will present their ideas to fellow students, faculty, and tech company representatives. Teams will be judged on categories including technical difficulty, creativity, usefulness and presentation.

Nearly one hundred industry professionals interested in the talent and technology on display also are expected to attend the final showcase on Sunday, Oct. 28, when more than $10,000 in donated prizes will be awarded to the most innovative projects. The showcase is open to the public.

“This year we’re emphasizing to the students how this short-term event can be a launching pad for long-term entrepreneurial ambitions,” said program director Julia Armstrong. “And we’re encouraging projects that have real-world impact.” She added that more freshmen and majors outside of computer science have signed up this year, which she attributes partly to partnership with the Ohio State Digital Flagship initiatives.

HackOHI/O 2018 is sponsored by Microsoft, Honda, JPMorgan Chase, AEP and Columbus startup Root Insurance, among others. Sponsors have the opportunity to pitch problem statements as challenges to student teams, such as:

  • Engie, Ohio State’s energy partner, is issuing a Smart Campus challenge addressing the gamification of energy awareness and usage reduction for students and staff on campus.
  • JP Morgan Chase, long-time supporter, is sponsoring the Best Hack for Disaster Relief and Recovery, focusing on communication to population, resource allocation and safety.

WHAT: HackOHI/O, Ohio State’s 6th Annual Hackathon

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:30am - Sunday, Oct. 28, 10:30 am / Showcase on Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 – 3 p.m.

Highlighted media opportunities:

  • 10/27, 9 – 11 a.m.: Teams check-in, organizers and sponsors deliver welcome remarks and instructions, and teams start hacking
  • 10/27, 7 – 10 p.m.: Nearing halfway point of competition, projects underway
  • 10/28, 1 – 3 p.m.: Final showcase, winners announced, prizes awarded, and organizers and sponsors deliver closing remarks

WHERE: Ohio Union Grand Ballroom & Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St. Columbus


Contact: Matt Schutte, director of communications, College of Engineering614-247-6445 (office) or 614-905-0166 (mobile), schutte.9@osu.edu

On-site contacts:

Staff media contact: Julia Armstrong, armstrong.798@osu.edu, 614-580-7672

Student media contact: Caitlyn Horn, horn.316@osu.edu, 440-364-4463

ONLINE: http://hack.osu.edu | http://twitter.com/@HackOhio | www.facebook.com/hackohio