Brice Acree Memorial Hack Fest on Mental Health

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The Department of Political Science and its co-sponsors* are delighted to host the first annual Brice Acree Memorial Hack Fest for Mental Health on April 10 and awards ceremony on April 11, 2021. Registration is FREE for all Ohio State undergraduates thanks to a generous donation from the Ohio State Engineers' Council. 

Please also join us on April 9, 2021 at 4PM as we kick off the Brice Acree Memorial Hack Fest with a special Zoom workshop from OSU Counseling and Consultation Services to discuss mental health on college campuses. Registration below. 


This event will make use of Ohio State-specific data about mental health on campus, and provide creative, data-driven recommendations and insights addressing mental health-related challenges in memory of OSU Political Science Professor Brice Acree who passed away unexpectedly in 2019. Register for the OSU CCS mental health workshop being held on Friday, April 9 at 4:00PM, via Zoom, here.

Registration for this event is open now! Sign up by following clicking this link. Teams of 1-4 interested undergraduates may choose 1 of 3 challenges, detailed below: 

 

Challenges

Data Visualization competition: teams of 1-4 people have 8 hours to develop graphical/visual representations of information related to the challenge prompt (which will be released the challenge morning) providing accessible and interesting interpretations of trends and patterns within the data provided to teams. No outside data should be used. Judges will award prizes for best visualization, best insights, and runner up based on overall design, how well the visualization and data tell the story, and the depth of analysis. Mentors will be available to help and network with throughout the day.

Hackathon: teams of 1-4 people have 12 hours to work on projects addressing the challenge prompt (which will be released the challenge morning) relating to AI and predictive algorithms, data visualization, and/or actionable insights. Data sets will be provided, but groups may also bring their own if preferred. Judges will award prizes for best and runner-up overall projects based on depth of analysis of the data and the results, overall design, and creativity of approach. Participants must develop a technical project without prewritten code, but libraries and frameworks are allowed. Mentors will be available to help and network with throughout the day.

Poster Competition: teams of 1-4 people have 8 hours to develop a creative deliverable related to the challenge prompt (which will be released the challenge morning) in the form of a policy memo, poster, or other written representation. Data sets will be provided, but groups may also bring their own if preferred for the short-form analysis competition. Students should come together utilize their teamwork, critical thinking, analyzing, and organizational skills to deduce a recommendation that they support in a presentation in front of judges and sponsors at the April 11 poster session. Judges will award prizes for best overall project, best use of open data, and runner up/honorable mention based on depth of analysis, creativity of approach, and multidisciplinarity. We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by diverse teams. Mentors will be available to help and network with throughout the day.

Meet the Judges! 

Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, Ohio State University Chief Wellness Officer, Vice President for Health Promotion, and Dean of the College of Nursing 

Dr. Bear Braumoeller, Ohio State University Professor of Political Science & Baronov and Timashev Chair in Data Analytics

Dr. Elizabeth Newton, Executive Director of The Ohio State University’s Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Dr. Jonathan Green, Northeastern University Lazer Lab Postdoctoral fellow and Ohio State University Alumnus, and

Dr. Boyd Panton, Ohio State University Lincoln Electric Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

And more to be announced!

Current mentors are from industry partners and academic units including Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services Company, Kaiser Health Care, Northeastern University, Ohio State University, Barclays Financial Services Company, Civiqs Online Polling Company, and more!


*This event is generously co-sponsored by the Battelle Center for Science, Engineering and Public Policy, Big Data and Analytics Association, Buckeye Wellness, Engineers’ Council, Mental Health Matters, OHI/O (OSU’s Hackathon Program), Translational Data Analytics Institute, the Collegiate Council on World Affairs (CCWA) and Undergraduate Student Government (USG).

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Donations to support the Hack Fest in Dr. Brice Acree's memory can be made at https://www.giveto.osu.edu/ by searching Brice Acree or Fund #317101. This fund has already allowed for the commemoration of Dr. Acree with a bench on Ohio State University's campus (dedication coming Fall 2021) and all additional donations will be used to donate to mental health resources, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in the winning Hack Fest teams' names. Below, there are directions on how to give to the Brice Acree Memorial Fund.

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