Press Release

2019 CbusStudentHack Winners Announced


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (March 25, 2019)

Franklin University and its branch campus, Urbana University hosted nearly 200 students from central Ohio and Champaign County area high schools for the 2019 CBusStudentHack Coding for Community event.  

Throughout the 10-week contest, students learned how to navigate and create apps focused on Energy: Powering our Future with Coding. Through their efforts, students learned 21st century skills through computer science education, and prepared for college and career readiness, all while solving real world problems that opened the doors of opportunity and creativity.

For the finale, students met at the Columbus Metropolitan Library to present their project ideas to a team of community judges, comprised of industry and government experts.

The winning apps were:

  • 1st Place: Drop Table Teams, Dublin Jerome High School (Teacher: Anne Fuller)
  • 2nd Place: Abhik.Peek, Upper Arlington High School (Teacher: Diane Kahle)
  • 3rd Place: Search & Destroy, Dublin Jerome High School (Teacher: Anne Fuller)

In support of the need to increase the number of students entering STEM fields, all participants who completed this year’s CbusStudenthack challenge have been offered a scholarship toward attending either Franklin University or Urbana University - up to $40,000.

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors: Battelle, IGS, Creek Technologies, and the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

“All young people should be offered the opportunity and encouragement to engage in STEM related endeavors, to help prepare them to become the innovators, researchers, and leaders who solve the challenges facing society, both today and tomorrow,” said Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President, Franklin University. “Providing access to technology-focused competitions such as the CbusStudentHack, supports not only access to quality STEM learning opportunities, but also stimulates interest and talent in technology fields, one of the major workforce development gaps we face today.”

To learn more about the CBusStudentHack visit and to continue the conversation on social media please use the hashtag #CBusStudentHack.


About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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