Press Release

Franklin University Announces 5th Annual CBusStudentHack Coding for Community Virtual Contest Finale Ceremony


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (April 15, 2020)

Franklin University and its branch campus Urbana University have announced that it will host its 2020 CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: Securing our Community Hackathon Finale Awards Ceremony virtually due to the public health impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to prioritize the health and well-being of the student participants.

The two-month programming contest for central Ohio area high school students kicked off on January 29, 2020 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Main Library. This kick-off event allowed students the opportunity to hear from industry experts as well as local coding experts, in addition to hands-on brainstorm projects.

Through the remainder of the two-month period, student teams have used coding software to develop their own app. The developed apps focused on addressing a real-world problem aligned with this year’s theme: Securing our Community. 

A true testament to this year’s theme: addressing real-world problems and focusing on Securing our Community, this unprecedented time has tested our student’s ability to adapt and adjust to today’s pressing environment. This year’s finale has moved to a virtual format. All central Ohio area high school participants were tasked with providing presentation styled videos, showcasing their final developed app projects on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Our selected CBusStudentHack judges will then review final projects and conclude with a Finale Awards Ceremony via Zoom, Friday, April 17, 2020. The Finale Awards Ceremony will honor each team member that has completed the contest and submitted a virtual developed app presentation. All student participants are eligible for a $30,000 Scholarship to Franklin University or a $40,000 Scholarship to Urbana University (Select majors).

Franklin University and its Branch campus Urbana University recognizes its creative minded and diligent student participants during this COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to further acknowledge this year’s student participants hard work and shine light on Central Ohio’s future talented generation the universities are looking forward to setting up a scheduled Zoom conference with the media after the Finale Ceremony video recording has been released. 

If any reporters would like to set up a scheduled Zoom conference with our CBusStudentHack winners and teachers, please reach out.

The CBusStudentHack couldn’t happen without community support! Franklin extends a special thank you to this year’s featured partner Battelle. To learn how your organization can support student teams, visit

For more information about this year’s event, email and to join 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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