Cincinnati's original high school hackathon.

About CincyHacks

CincyHacks is Cincinnati's first hackathon dedicated to high school students. Our mission is to encourage students like you to learn and further explore the growing world of technology.

The brainchild of Mason Hack Club, CincyHacks began in 2017 as a milestone event to increase student involvement in technology. Hosted at the University of Cincinnati, CincyHacks 2017 boasted over 90 attendees from 24 schools and 3 states, made possible by support from our event partner, Cengage Learning, and our other sponsors.

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.

To sign up for CincyHacks 2018, go to and register before 9/19. Later sign-ups may be waitlisted as we have a cap on the number of students we will take this year.

This year's event is run by Mason Hack Club in partnership with Mason High School. CincyHacks is not associated with any other non-profit organization.

Saturday, 9/22


Time Event
8:30 AM Registration opens
9:15 AM Opening ceremony begins
10:00 AM Hacking starts
10:15 AM Intro to HTML & CSS workshop
11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Intro to JavaScript workshop
6:00 PM Dinner


Sunday, 9/23


Time Event
12:00 AM Midnight snack
7:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Start submissions
10:00 AM Hacking ends
10:15 AM Judging begins
11:15 AM Closing/Awards ceremony begins
12:00 PM End of CincyHacks 2018

View full rules


  • Participants: High school students (9th through 12th grade) with consideration of 8th grade students
  • Locations: Any



  • Presentations will be judged in two rounds:
    • Preliminary rounds are through science fair-style judging
    • Finalists will be judged by a judging panel



Manny Setegn

Manny Setegn
CTO, Genetesis

Greg Roach

Greg Roach
Mason Hack Club Adviser, Mason High School

Megan Cui

Megan Cui
Executive Director, Mason Hack Club

Christopher Dicks

Christopher Dicks
Computer Science Teacher, Mason High School

Shanna Bumiller

Shanna Bumiller
Associate Principal, Mason High School

Jim Shepherd

Jim Shepherd
Research Engineer, Cornerstone Research Group

Judging Criteria

  • Learning
  • Creativity
  • Execution
  • Impact