Hardworking Hackers

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The Social Storm Global Hackathon was a success. With six participants and four mentors, this team put blood, sweat, and tears into creating a worthwhile solution to this high intensity project. The teams were tasked with a social problem and given 24 hours to create a worthwhile solution. Competing with teams across the world, our students were described as “heroic” in their efforts. Working into the early morning, this team produced a video, business canvas, and research deliverables within this very short timespan. As we await the results, we can commend these students for their hard work and dedication to this event that connects students across the globe in an effort to solve humanity’s social issues.


Jerry Lovingood

Minyuan Gao

Daniel Williams

Lijie Xia

Jonathan Miller

Lorene Bentz



John Glazer

Shmuel Roth

Lauren McCullough

Faith Knutsen


Special thanks to Nathaniel Berger / CREATE_space


Have a great idea? You could win a trip to Las Vegas!

IFA Global Comp

The International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation is looking to the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. They are accepting applications until December 1, 2014 so apply here!

What are they looking for?

  • Big entrepreneurial ideas
  • Ways to improve big brands and businesses
  • Dreams of your own business

The requirements are simple, just a brief application that includes an idea or a new franchise concept or an innovation for an existing company/brand. These ideas can be submitted as an executive summary, Powerpoint, or Prezi, and/or a 2-3 Youtube video.

What do I win?

The IFA will choose 50 winners who then receive a travel voucher to travel to the IFA Convention in Las Vegas where these students will receive a complimentary conference pass to the first NextGen in Franchising Summit. The winners will get the chance to interact with iconic brand owners and leaders in the franchise industry.

This is a great opportunity to share your amazing ideas. For more information click here, call 310-822-0261, or check out their website ysn.com!

What is the Social Storm Hackathon?

What is the Social Storm Hackathon?

Ohio University is involved this year in the Social Storm Hackathon. All individuals interested in global social issues are invited to apply. No coding experience necessary, just a passionate problem solving attitude.

What is the Social Storm Hackathon?

Social Storm is an event where individuals from all across the world gather together during a 24-hour period to engage in a problem solving simulation. Similar to the Global Health Challenge or Scripps Innovation Challenge; however, the Social Storm takes place over only 24 hours. This means there is a very finite amount of time to brainstorm the solution and solve the problem. Individuals work in a collaborative environment with cross-disciplinary team members to solve the problems. Anyone with a socially aware or responsible mindset and a problem solving aptitude is encouraged to participate. No coding or programming knowledge is necessary.

What types of problems?

Social Storm focuses on socially minded individuals who are looking to solve global social issues and “positively impact the world”. The solutions are typically innovative and collaborative. Social Storm prides themselves on connecting high talent, but rather untapped individuals with one another.

What is a ‘Hackathon’?

A traditional hackathon is an event in which programmers, coders and designers are brought together for a short amount of time to work together, collaboratively on intense software projects. The term hackathon has since been adapted and used for a variety of types of events in order to demonstrate the short term intensive nature of the event.

I don’t know coding nor programming, can I still participate?

Since social storm is not a Hackathon in a traditional sense of the word. All individuals with a passion to brainstorm solutions for global issues are welcome to participate. The aspects of the Social Storm which are similar to that of a Hackathon are the intensive environment and the time crunch. Individuals will only have 24 hours to complete the three challenges. This does not mean you are awake or working for 24 straight hours, more that you have a start and an end time; what you do with that time is up to you.

How do I sign up?

If you’re interested you can sign up as an individual and be placed in a team. If you already have a team you can register as well as a pre-existing team. There will be refreshments and a collaborative working space set up for participants during the 24 hour period; however, participants are not required to stay in the allotted location.

Universities represented in 2014 Social Storm Hackathon

Loughborough University | University of Tasmania | University of East Anglia | Plymouth University | University of Exeter | University of Turku| Cape Brenton University | American University of Sarjah | Chongqing University | Ohio University


OUE visits the Brandery

Cintric, HireWheel, Keego, Lagoon, MusicPlay Analytics, popad, these are just some of the companies supported by Cincinnati’s own Brandery. The Brandery is a startup accelerator that helps take your idea and turn it into a brand-driven startup. As one of the top programs in the United States, the Brandery has a lot to offer startups.

Ohio University students took advantage of the opportunity to visit this impressive organization on October 23rd. The Ohio University Entrepreneurship (OUE) took twelve students to watch these startups pitch their ideas to the public. OUE (a great organization for interested entrepreneurs) was there to learn about the process of making a business happen from the ground up. Entrepreneurs face a lot of challenges, and organizations like the Brandery help overcome those challenges.

As the president of OUE, Alex Harshaw, said, “When beginning an entrepreneurial pursuit, you are faced with difficult questions with complicated answers. Your objective might seem out of reach because of numerous initial obstacles. Many people have ideas that could change the world, but let them devolve because they lacked the guidance and support. There is no reason you should have to take that journey alone.”

The Brandery helps entrepreneurs so that they don’t have to go it alone. This type of partnership and mentorship is very important to the success of the new startup companies.

If you are interested in growing and developing your ideas, check out some of the resources the Brandery offers. There are events, workshops, and speakers. If you are selected for their four-month-long program you will receive $20,000 in seed funding, great mentors, exceptional design assistance, and the opportunity to pitch to investors and venture capitalists. This could be a way to make your dreams come true. This truly is an opportunity to be limitless.

Spotlight: Dr. Boss

Dr. Boss is a new faculty for the Center for Entrepreneurship. We are highlighting him in our spotlight series to show the different facets and assets of this center. If you want more information at the center check out this link. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is a new, flexible way to get involved in entrepreneurship that will help you be successful for in your future career.

Dr. Boss is a resource for the Center for Entrepreneurship. His experience with entrepreneurship has been varied and interesting. He grew up with a father that was an entrepreneur, he started a nonprofit firm during his undergraduate studies, he worked for two startups, he earned his MBA at Babson College, and he earned his Ph.D. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M.  Indeed, entrepreneurship has played a huge role in his life.

His undergraduate nonprofit was inspired from the two years he spent in Brazil. While there, he witnessed the educational struggles that many people face in third-world countries. He brought these ideas and his desire to help others back to the U.S. and started an educational assistance foundation.

He continued to develop his skills at Babson College—the nation’s top entrepreneurship school. This program really pushed him to be creative and not worry about “the perfect idea.” One interesting exercise conducted by the college was to place the students in modules to stretch their creativity. Dr. Boss’s group was placed in the “movement” module, which meant that he had to do a project centered on dance—a far cry from finance and accounting!!

“Try new things.”

“Think new ways.”

“It is very inexpensive to try something new now.

These are just a few of Dr. Boss’s words of wisdom. He demonstrates a great deal of intensity and possesses great resources to help students. He wants the students he works with to know that he is there to help them be successful—not just as a professor handing out grades.

Although he started out wanting to catch passes from John Elway on the Denver Broncos, today Dr. Boss loves the freedom of entrepreneurship. He is a great resource, and if you are interested in working with him, shoot him an email at boss@ohio.edu.