Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring with me (money, technology, etc.)?2020-01-13T20:24:41-05:00

Not much, just whatever you’re willing to carry. We do recommend you bring money if you are interested in purchasing TechOlympics or INTERalliance merchandise during the event. You may bring your laptop and cell phone but you may not bring a gaming system or any other electronic device. If you do bring a laptop or other electronic device, INTERalliance and TechOlympics assume no liability for any devices lost, stolen, or damaged during the conference. We provide laptops for use in most competitions and breakout sessions, however, there are some competitions that may ask you to provide your own device. Be sure to note this when signing up for the competitions. 

Where should I drop off my student?2020-01-10T15:08:04-05:00

You should drop your student off on Joe Nuxhall Way, near the main entrance to the Great American Ball Park.

How do I park at TechOlympics?2020-01-02T17:06:03-05:00

Click here for a detailed parking pamphlet about how to get to the Ballpark.

How do I register for TechOlympics 2020?2020-01-02T17:06:50-05:00

Registration for TechOlympics has changed this year.

  • Go to www.interalliance.org/register/ and create an INTERalliance account! Because of restructuring, everybody needs to make a new account.
  • Once you’ve created an account it, the system will log you out. You will need to log back in and click the TechOlympics dashboard that appears to continue the registration process! If you forget your password, email [email protected]
  • Once you’ve logged back in, you’ll need to fill out the student profile. Your dashboard will show a check once you’ve completed it.
  • Once you’ve filled out the student profile, pay the $175 early bird fee! The price goes up after January 15th. If this fee is a financial barrier, please visit this link. We accept most credit card providers.
  • Make sure to sign and fill out the student contract! If you are under 18, your parent will need to fill out a form as well. 
  • Next, fill out the pre survey. Once you’ve filled out the pre-survey, click the “Yes” button to check it off. 
  • Finally, join our Slack to get real-time INTERalliance updates.
How long is TechOlympics?2020-01-02T17:07:30-05:00

TechOlympics is run from 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.

What is the TechOlympics refund policy?2017-11-21T21:50:25-05:00

We will not grant refunds to any “no-show” students who paid in full for TechOlympics. Refunds are not available if you miss TechOlympics due to other school obligations, scheduling mistakes, or personal or family-related events. Once registration is closed, INTERalliance is contractually obligated to pay for hotel rooms, meals, and supplies based on anticipated attendance. You may only petition the TechOlympics Steering Committee for a refund if you must miss TechOlympics due to an unforeseeable family or medical emergency.

What is the TechOlympics inclement weather policy?2020-01-02T17:28:51-05:00

TechOlympics will proceed as planned even if there are school cancellations due to snow or extreme cold. We will permit students to arrive late or leave early in the event of snow or ice creating dangerous driving conditions, though our official start time will remain 9:00 AM on Saturday and end time 6:00 PM on Sunday. In the event of a weather emergency like a tornado, we will email all students, parents, school staff, and volunteers with information immediately.

The system was supposed to email me, but I didn’t receive anything. Where’s the email?2017-11-21T21:52:30-05:00

Emails sometimes take 5-10 minutes to process. If you haven’t received an email after this time, first check your email’s spam folder to ensure our email didn’t get mistakenly sorted out by the filter.

Occasionally, email addresses provided by a school, company, ISP, or obscure email provider will not go through as well. If you encounter this problem, we suggest you use a Gmail account for your TechOlympics emails. However, if you’re experiencing chronic problems, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

What is IT&U? Why did it appear on my schedule?2020-02-16T11:11:07-05:00

During IT&U, you will sit down at a table with 7-9 students and 1 executive mentor who will discuss IT career pathways with you. The conversation is yours to guide – you can ask about their own experience, what classes you should take in high school / college, extracurricular involvement, “what it’s like” to be a real IT professional… anything you want! The executive mentor is there to guide the discussion and answer your questions. It’s your opportunity to consider which IT career might be right for you!

IT&U is a mandatory session. It is offered on Sunday morning from 9am-11am. Feel free to withdraw from any randomly selected registration to pick the other one… which you may want to do if there’s a competition or breakout you want to attend which conflicts with one of the IT&U sessions.

Which sessions are mandatory at TechOlympics?2020-02-16T11:09:06-05:00

You must attend all meals, general assemblies and keynotes. You must also attend the IT&U session offered on Sunday morning from 9am-11am. Otherwise, it is completely up to you which competitions and breakouts in which you wish to participate.

When is the registration deadline?2020-01-02T17:04:17-05:00

The Regular Registration deadline is January 15th. The Late Registration deadline is February 1. If you do not sign up by February 1, you will most likely not be permitted to attend TechOlympics.

How many competitions do you recommend I sign up for?2020-01-02T17:27:08-05:00

We suggest that every TechOlympics registrant sign up for at least 1 competition. They are your opportunity to represent your school, put your knowledge/skills to the test, and have a lot of fun. Make sure you save time to attend the breakouts you’re most interested, network with professionals in Career Crossroads, and meet new students in other activities. For this reason, we recommend that you do not sign up for more than 3 competitions. You may not be able to fit them into your schedule anyway!   

Do I need to register in advance for breakout sessions?2020-01-02T17:26:35-05:00

No, attendance at breakout sessions is “first-come, first-served.” The larger Colonnade breakout rooms can hold roughly 65 students, the Duke Energy Center rooms hold roughly 60, and Pavilion rooms hold 24 students for computer lab sessions. You can see which room the breakout is in on the schedule. We recommend you arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the breakout start time to secure a seat.

What is the registration fee for TechOlympics?2020-01-02T17:25:45-05:00

Until January 15th, the student registration fee for TechOlympics is $175. The price will go up at 11:59 pm on January 15th to $200 for Late Registration.

The full cost for a student to attend TechOlympics is roughly $525. Due to support from our generous corporate sponsors, we are able to keep low the cost students pay.

I am a parent. How is the event supervised?2020-02-16T11:05:13-05:00

We take safety very seriously, so we provide extensive supervision for students at TechOlympics throughout the weekend. Each student has a Faculty Member chaperone from his/her school, who has ultimate responsibility for the students. We have a team of over 25 volunteers on-site throughout the weekend who are always available to ensure the students’ safety and enjoyment of the conference as well as security provided by Great American Ball Park. Finally, we notify the Cincinnati Police Department about TechOlympics every year. They increase patrols for the weekend around the area of the Great American Ballpark. The average response time to the Ballpark in case of any incident is 2 minutes.

Are there vegetarian options for the meals?2020-02-16T11:06:01-05:00

Yes. Every meal is buffet-style and has a vegetarian option available.

Important note: if you have any other dietary restrictions or allergies, MAKE SURE you and your parents indicate them on the Student Contract in the appropriate box. We need to inform the ball park of these restrictions prior to the event so they can prepare meals for you.

What are Breakout Sessions?2020-01-02T17:21:40-05:00

Every year, we fill TechOlympics with Breakout Sessions about a wide variety of technology- or professionalism- related topics. These are an amazing way for you to learn about the latest trends in technology from top experts, as well as to cultivate your professional skills. Feel free to ask the speakers for their business cards or contact information after the session – they are a networking opportunity too!

How can my school participate in the Showcase Competition?2020-01-02T17:21:02-05:00

Full details about participation in the Showcase Competition are available on the Showcase page. Contact our Chapter Relations team with any questions that you have at [email protected] 

How do I apply for financial aid?2020-01-21T21:11:02-05:00

We are pleased to offer a limited number of $75 need-based scholarships towards the $175-200 TechOlympics registration fee. Please download and complete the Scholarship Request Form on our Documents page and send it in, per the instructions on the form, to [email protected]. We will notify you of the results of your request within 2-3 business days.

I need to arrive at the conference late, leave early, or temporarily leave for part of it. Is that allowed?2020-02-21T09:04:28-05:00

You must submit a “Special Request to Leave Form” if you wish to arrive late, leave early, or temporarily leave the conference. This form is available on our Forms page and must be signed by your parents, sent in to [email protected], and approved by TechOlympics management.

When you leave, your parent (or another authorized adult, per the form) must check in with our Information Desk to sign you out with a valid form of ID.

Can my parents come observe the conference?2020-02-05T11:15:51-05:00

No. Parents are not permitted to attend TechOlympics, except when dropping you off or picking you up. We have limited space at the Great American Ball Park for the 550+ students and 400+ volunteers and faculty members who attend the conference. We are happy to answer any of your parents’ questions at [email protected].

I am the only student from my school who wants to attend TechOlympics. Can I come?2020-01-02T17:08:20-05:00

Yes! If you are the only student from your school, or if you are homeschooled, you may still participate in TechOlympics. Select your school from the dropdown if it’s available when you’re signing up. If not, select “Not Listed” and contact [email protected]. We will work with your school’s principal to ensure you are able to attend.

Every year, we have an “INTERalliance High School” for all students who are either homeschooled or representing a school sending 1-5 students. You will sit with them during general assemblies and share a chaperone assigned by TechOlympics management.

If you have friends from other schools attending TechOlympics, you are free to hang out with them throughout much of the conference! You can participate in the same competitions, attend the same breakouts, or relax in the Student Lounge.

Contact us if you have any further questions about your attendance.