The Ohio State University event was held recently for a seventh year.

Ohio State University’s HackOhio 2019 is in the books, and once again the event spawned an array of projects. HackOhio is a 24-hour hackathon put on by a student-run organization. This was the seventh annual event; more than 800 students participated. 

Teams are pre-formed or assembled at the event, and although they can bring ideas, the majority of the work is done at the hackathon. This year’s event ended in a tie for first place: Lumen, an app giving the visually impaired the ability to translate physical text material into various accessible formats, and WeCycle, a game-based app that encourages recycling.

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Teams also could respond to sponsor challenges, including one to build a mobility app addressing accessibility or environmental sustainability. The winning team came up with an app allowing COTA riders to check in at a stop to let bus drivers know they’re waiting.

Cynthia Bent Findlay is a freelance writer for Columbus CEO.