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

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?