College of Arts and Sciences
IDEA FEST, an idea hackathon



24th to 25th October 2015
Starting at 8am


OSU Campus
CBEC Building

Registration is free to everyone. Register to get your shirt size!

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For two days,
faculty, students and staff making great ideas happen.

Join us for an IDEA FEST, a hackathon for "What's Next", where you become the architect of the future in physics, statistics, political science, music, design, astronomy, biochemistry, molecular genetics, art, virtual reality, dance, and more. The list goes on for what can be created when different fields, people, and ways of thinking come together!

The College of Arts and Sciences invites students, faculty, and staff from the entire university to come together for a two day idea hackathon brainstorm experience. Explore the intersection of all types of subject matter and envision them in the form of apps, software, an experience, a product or a movement. All skill levels, all majors can apply. You do not need technical skill to participate in this event. If you have technical skill its most welcome! All attendees bring your laptops if you have them!

Idea Hackathon Schedule

packed with high quality content, just for you.


Registration, breakfast


Idea wall voting

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

team formation, hustle begins, start jamming on ideas

1:00 p.m.

Open Lunch Break, come when you're hungry

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Hustle continues, sponsors and mentors make rounds

6:00 p.m.

Open Dinner. Come eat when you're ready

6:30 p.m.

Live Audio Improv, Circuitry Room (take a break come listen)

6:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.

Idea jamming continues as long as you want

10:45 p.m.

Go home for the night!

08:30 a.m.

Arrival for day 2 and breakfast available

08:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Refine ideas, get ready for presenting

2:00 p.m.

Open House and Judging begins, peoples choice voting too.
RSVP for the IdeaFest Open House

3:30 p.m.

Winners announced. High fives and closing celebration

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Event wind down and one more round of high fives. Leave by 6:00


AudioWalk An augmented reality app that allows you to see what music people listened to across a geo-location area- like the oval, you can hold up your phone and see audio signatures of what your friends have listened to as they walked across the oval.
Glow Pot A transparent pot to grow plants in that uses a special lummincesent grow water to make the roots of the plant glow, allowing you to see the plan grow- teaching you about how plants grow in a fun cool way.
SkyTalk Uses camera on your smartphone, take a picture of the sky/cloud patterns, analyzes the photo and gives you data on weather conditions, brings up previous data on weather conditions the same day on previous years
Travel Back In Time History geeks will love this! Take a picture of where you are with the app. It will then display pictures of what that area looked like from past to present.

Join Us!

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the university. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, our students — undergraduate and graduate — have the opportunity to study with the best scholars, scientists and artists.


Join your fellow students, staff and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and brainstorm “What’s Next?” – the sky is the limit: new projects, curriculum, software, apps, movements, and more. Synergize with like minds and think about where we has a Ohio State, Arts and Sciences community could go next.

Prime, Dream, Create

We’ll have over 60 ideas posted to ponder, and you can bring your own- together we’ll think about these ideas and strategize how to make them a reality. Mentors, designers, and strategists will help aid us in making a presentation putting you in the ring for prizes and more! This is a non-technical event, but if you can program, more the merrier. All skill levels, all majors can attend. Bring your laptops!


FOOD, that’s right, FOOD! Even better PRIZES, we’re giving away Apple Watches, GoPro’s, Apple iPad Mini2’s and more. Register now, get a free tshirt, and bring you’re A game, you have big ideas to realize- make it happen!

Pricing & Registration

It's free! Don't believe us? See below and click through to our Eventbright page to register.

The Open House takes place at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

RSVP for the IdeaFest Open House

Registration gaurantees you a t-shirt in your size.

Register through Eventbrite

Sponsors & Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch

Location and Venue

The Ohio State University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Building (CBEC).


CBEC Building

151 W Woodruff Ave

Columbus, OH 43210