HackOhio contest spawns yet more app ideas

Cynthia Bent Findlay

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.