Learn about Make-a-thons (Hack-a-thons)

Since 1999, "focused innovation efforts" also known as "Hackathons" have brought together programmers, artists, designers, investors, and community members.


Prominent Success Stories

Hackathons are the technology equivalent of barn raising. Major companies have been born at Hackathons. GroupMe started as a project at a hackathon in 2010 and was acquired by Skype for $85 million in 2011. PhoneGap began as a project at the iPhoneDevCamp in 2008 and was bought by Adobe in 2011 for an undisclosed amount.

Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so that we could discover them!”
— Orville Wright

Some Dayton INventors and Entreperneurs

  • The Wright Brothers (Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company)
  • John Paterson (NCR) 
  • Charles Kettering and Edward Deeds (Dayton Engineering Laboratories, DELCO) 
  • Fritz and Dolores Russ. (Systems Research Laboratories)
  • Dr. Raj Soin with his wife, Indu. (Modern Technologies Corporation, MTC) 
  • Krishan Joshi (Universal Energy Systems)
  • Dr. Peter Toma (SYSTRAN)
  • Ervin J. Nutter (Elano Corp.)
  • Don Wilson (Mead Data Central / Lexis-Nexis)
  • John Q. Sherman (Standard Register)
  • Paul Iams (The Iams Company)
  • John L. Janning perfected the liquid crystal display (LCD) and invented the thermal printing wafer.
  • Henry Baum invented thermal paper.
  • Hardy Trolander (Yellow Spring Instruments, YSI)
  • Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter (Elano Corp. Invented stainless steel aircraft engine manifold)