AT&T and Franklin University Announce the CbusStudentHack Coding for Community Contest Winners

AT&T, Franklin University and central Ohio area high school students recently concluded the CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: The Discovery District — a 7-week programming contest.

The CBusStudentHack provides Columbus area high school students with 21st century skills via computer science education. Students develop creative solutions for real world problems. Their work helps prepare them for college and careers. Students used MIT App Inventor and Meteor to code and develop their own apps. The students were required to focus their apps on helping local residents get connected with the Columbus Downtown Discovery District.

In recognition of the students’ accomplishments, Franklin University introduced its $30,000 CBusStudentHack Scholarship, which is available to all 2017 CBusStudentHack participants who meet eligibility requirements.

Student participants gathered at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) main library to present their project ideas and hear from a panel of community judges. The students’ work was judged on software quality, the potential impact on the central Ohio region, execution and creativity.

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First place: Team Whooping Cranes from Thomas Worthington High School. They developed “Discovery On The Go,” a photo scavenger hunt app.

First place winners
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Second place: Team Drop Tables — from Dublin Jerome High School. They developed “Discovery District: Connect,” an app to connect citizens, members of the public sector and service workers to more efficiently manage a neighborhood.

Second place winners
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Third place: Team Kale from Upper Arlington High School. They developed “CBus Live!” an app to connect visitors with the Discovery District through user-submitted events.

Third place winners
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Best Project Idea: Team Dvorak from Dublin Scioto High School. They developed “The Discovery District Discoverer,” an app to allow visitors to more easily get involved in the community.

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Best Presentation: Team Rocket from Upper Arlington High School. They developed “Columbus Eats,” an app to allow visitors to share and like photos of food from Discovery District restaurants, incorporating promotions from the restaurants.

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Team Rocket also received the Hackers’ Choice award from their peers in the competition.

Participating central Ohio high schools included: Central Crossing High School, Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin Scioto High School, Eastland Career Center, Franklin Heights High School, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Grove City High School, MC2 STEM High School, Metro Institute of Technology, Reynoldsburg eSTEM Early College Academy, Reynoldsburg Health Sciences & Human Services STEM Academy, SWCS Accelerated Learning Center, Thomas Worthington High School, Upper Arlington High School, Westland High School, Whetstone High School and Worthington Kilbourne High School.

To learn more, please visit the CBusStudentHack website at, and congratulations to all of our participants!

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