Cincinnati's original high school hackathon!

CincyHacks is a 24-hour long (free) hackathon where teams of up to 4 students will build innovative solutions to common problems through code. Teams work closely with mentors throughout the entire process; however, they have many other opportunities as well. Eligible sponsors will give tech talks around the clock, with topics ranging from website building to interview tricks. Don’t worry about food either — hackers will be provided all meals, as well as unlimited snacks and drinks.

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Anyone currently (2017-18 school year) in high school (9th to 12th grade)


  • Presentations are 3 minutes long (no longer!)
  • Judged on learning, functionality, innovation, and applicability
  • Talk about:
    • What you learned
    • How you thought of the idea
    • How your idea is applicable to the real world (What problem does it solve? Is there a market demand for it?)
  • Show a demo of your project if possible to get points for functionality


Jack Margeson

Jack Margeson
Mason Hack Club

Andy Brand

Andy Brand
Amazon Sr. Technical Account Manager

Mike Heinen

Mike Heinen

Theo Bleier

Theo Bleier
Hack Club HQ Representative

Eric Westfall

Eric Westfall
Senior Solutions Architect

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    How creative is the project? How unique is the solution?
  • Applicability
    Do markets demand it? Does it fill a niche? How much do people themselves want it?
  • Functionality
    How well does it work? Is it easy to use? What kinds of errors and bugs are there?