Students prepare for annual 24-hour hackathon

Story excerpt provided by The Lantern.

Written by Chase Anthony-Ray.

More than 600 students from Midwest schools will converge on the Ohio Union this weekend for HackOHI/O 2017, Ohio State’s fifth annual 24-hour hackathon.

Hackathons are app and software creation 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 hackathon in the state.

“[At the hackathon], students will be potentially creating the next Uber, phone device, or app that’s going to blow up,” said Monique Bowman, HackOHI/O branding and outreach advisor. “For them to be able to do it in 24 hours is an amazing feat, and I think for students it’s cool to see something that you may be using in six to nine months.”

In preparation for the hackathon, participating students are encouraged to find a team and come up with an idea before the hackathon starts. There are team formation events before and on the day of the hackathon for students to find team members as well.

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Originally published October 20, 2017.

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