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Hosted by the Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance, Ohio State’s Neuroscience Research Institute and Ohio State’s Chronic Brain Injury Discovery Theme

On March 22nd - 24th, join us for a weekend of building and creating real projects to help address various brain health and performance research and clinical needs. Students will design, build and demonstrate projects to a live audience of students, faculty and representatives from both the health care and tech industry.


Upcoming information sessions - come connect with organizers and past participants:

Friday, January 18th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Research Commons (3rd Floor, 18th Ave Library)

Tuesday, February 5th, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Dreese Laboratories 260

Friday, February 22nd, 11am-1:00pm
Research Commons




Welcome & Team-Building    6PM-9PM, March 22
Hack Day 1    8AM-10PM, March 23
      Team & Project Registration    10AM
Hack Day 2    9AM-6PM, March 24
      Judging    1PM
      Presentations & Awards    5PM

All meals will be provided on Hack Day 1 and 2.


Coming Soon!

Challenges and Prizes

Challenges and Prizes

Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality for Performance Optimization

Training, Recovery or Injury Prevention and applied to any or all of the following domains: Cognitive, Musculoskeletal or Behavioral.  Project categories could include but are not limited to: Mindfulness, Distraction, Training, Relaxation, Injury recovery therapy.
Tools for Training & Treating TBI

VR/AR/mobile training platforms for clinicians and caregivers that improve their understanding of traumatic brain injury, issues arising following concussion or TBI, or resources that they can access; OR

VR/AR/mobile treatment platforms for patients with traumatic brain injury to alleviate chronic symptoms, aid clinical treatment teams through monitoring or data collection, or improve quality of life across 2 or more dimensions of wellness
NRI Open Challenge

Create your own project based on suggestions from Neuroscience Research Institute faculty members

Judge, Mentor or Volunteer

Coming Soon!


Hack participants will be responsible for knowing how to use the device.

Tablets     ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Tablet
        Apple iPad Minis
        Samsung Galaxy
        Nvidia Shield Tablet
Sensing Devices
    FLIR Device
Wearable Sensors
    Actiwatch-Spectrum Plus system
        DUO MLX Camera
        Empatica Embrace Watch
        Empatica E4 Watch
        FirstBeat Bodyguard 2
        Garmin Fenix 5 Performer Bundle
        Polar H10 Heart Rate Sensor
        Polar M430 Devices
        Polar Team Pro System
        Senaptic Strobe Sensory Training
        LEAP Motion Controllers
        Myo Armband gesture controllers
        Kinect gesture controller
        Structure Sensor with iPad Pro
        Fitbit Alta HR / Fitbit Ionic
Virtual Reality     Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset with Accessories
        Merge Cube
        HTC Vive Pro VR headsets
Augmented Reality     Looking Glass HoloPlayer One 3D holographic display
        Magic Leap One AR Headsets
        HoloLens AR Headset


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions that people ask.  If you have any additional questions please contact us at BrainHealth@osumc.edu.

Are travel reimbursements available?

Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to reimburse any travel.

Can I be a mentor?

Yes! We welcome individuals with knowledge and expertise in various topic areas to help mentor students at the Brain Health Hack. If you're interested, please fill out this form (link form above)

Can I bring my desktop computer and monitor?

Yes!  While participant’s space isn’t too big, there should be enough space on the table top and ground for a desktop/monitor setup.  Please note, we do not have Ethernet connections available – you should come with a wireless adapter, if you do not have one already.

Do I need to know how to code?

No.  Teams need more than just coders and great projects always start with diverse teams.  Everyone has some knowledge and perspective they can bring to the table.  There will be metors and teammates that you can leverage to pick-up some coding skills over the weekend.

How are projects judged?

The Brain Health Hack has judges from academia, industry professionals and alumni.  On Sunday, participants will share their projects with two sets of judges, who will score the projects based a rubric that includes: Technical Difficulty, Functionality, intuitiveness, usefulness/impact, creativity, teamwork, and overall wow factor.

If you’re interested in being a judge for the 2018 Brain Health Hack, please fill out this form (link form above).

How large can teams be?

All participants should be in teams of 3 to 5.  We hope to encourage teamwork while keeping team sizes manageable for a 2 day event.

How much is event parking?

Free parking vouchers will be provided.  All you need to do is bring your parking ticket to the event registration desk and a voucher will be provided.

What should I bring?

Bring a laptop, phone, appropriate charges, and comfy clothing.

What shouldn’t I bring?

Any pre-written code. All projects should be started and completed at the Hack-a-Thon.

What is a hack-a-thon?

A hack-a-thon is a fun 2 day, 24 hour event that brings together multi-disciplinary students with varying experience from across the nation together to create, innovate, and build a project all within one weekend.  Students have access to professional mentors, workshops, and loaner hardware during the event.  They also have the opportunity to showcase and demo their work projects to judges and other exposition attendees at the end of the event. 

Will there be overnight accommodations provided?

While we will not provide official overnight accommodations, the hospital is open 24/7.  If you wish to stay overnight, you can bring your own overnight gear and stay at your own risk.


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