January 25-27 2019 Kent State University

Help redefine the future of fashion

Hackathons are the new way to push the boundaries of what you know and learn what you don't. They provide an environment to learn, explore, and engage to complete a project with a set amount of time. Students spend 36 hours building a project of their choice, such an app or a garment, while getting support from mentors and sponsors. Participants meet companies looking to hire while getting their hands on the latest tech. Students are given the opportunity to solve problems they see in the world by utilizing fashion and technology.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend long event where students from all majors can develop a project (like an app or website) with the best resources and mentors to learn.

Who can attend?

University students. Both undergraduate and graduate students may participate. Others who wish to be involved may come and mentor. Minors are encouraged to attend, but they must email us (fashtechhack@kent.edu) for a waiver to sign before the event.

How much does this cost?

Nothing! The Fashion / Tech Hackathon is free for all to attend. We'll provide your meals and swag for the weekend, and in some cases we'll even provide travel reimbursement based on miles traveled to the venue. For more information, please check out our Reimbursement Policy.

What are the prizes?

This year, we'll be handling prizes differently. Prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremony in the amount of $4000. Instead of first, second and third, we'll have four category prizes: Creation of a new technology, Advancement of an existing technology, Use of Technology in Creating New Fashion Products, Tech Advancement of the Retail Experience.

What if I know nothing about tech?

You should still come! Hackathons are designed for you to learn, plus, our event celebrates makers of all kinds, including designers, merchandisers, sewers, and more.

What are the rules?

Teams can consist of 1-4 students, and the entire project must be built at the event. You may use publicly available libraries, but besides that no lines of code should be written, and no seams should be sewn before the event.

Hackers must also adhere to MLH's Code of Conduct

How do I get there?

Check out our Travel Guide for information on how to get to here.

Fashion School,
Rockwell Hall,
515 Hilltop Drive,
Kent, Ohio 44242


Friday, January 25th

Check in Starts

5 pm | Rockwell Hall Atrium

Opening Ceremonies

6:30 pm | 2nd Floor Auditorium, Rockwell Hall

Team Building / Idea Generation Event

7 pm | 2nd Floor Auditorium, Rockwell Hall

Tech Materials Preview

7 pm | TechStyleLAB, Room 302


Make your own Fajita

7:30 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall

Hacking Starts

8 pm

Tech Materials Checkout

9 pm

Speed Problem Solving Workshop

Hit a roadblock? Need help getting your project off the ground? Come to this workshop to get the help you need!

10 pm | Room 128

Swag Giveaway #1

11 pm | 1st Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

powered by HacKSU

Midnight | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall



Breakfast Burritos from Fresco

8 am | 2nd Floor Atrium


Bring your own mat

9 am | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall

3D printing Available

9 am - 11 pm | 1st Floor Fashion Library

SPARK Innovation Studio Open

3D printing, vinyl cutter, laser cutter, CNC router

10 am - 7 pm | SPARK Innovation Studio

High School Coding Workshop

powered by Hacksu, LaunchNET and KSU Ed-Tech

10 am - Noon | Room 128

Moving Forward with Your Hack Workshop

Learn the steps to continue your project after this weekend.

10:30 am | 1st Floor Atrium

Drop-In Legal Advice (Protect Your Hack)

Courtesy of Case Western IPVC

11 am - 1 pm | 1st Floor Atrium

Intro to Pattern Making Worshop

11 am | Room 324

Intro to Sewing Workshop

11:30 am | Room 324


Build your own sandwiches + Vegan Chili

12:30 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall

Adobe Illustrator/Design Workshop

1:30 pm | Room 128

Swag Giveaway #2

2 pm | 1st Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall

3D Printing Workshop

Hop on a bus to SPARK for 3D printing and a special giveaway!

3 pm | SPARK Innovation Studio

Build a Portfolio Website Workshop

Learn some basic web design to help get your creative portfolio off the ground

4 pm | Room 128

Ice Skating

Take a break from hacking and enjoy some ice skating courtesy of the Kent State Ice Arena.

5 - 6:30 pm | Kent State Ice Arena


Pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs from Belleria

7 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall

MLH Cup Stacking

10 pm | Lobby, Rockwell Hall


Hummus & Pita + Cookies

Midnight | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall


Project Submission Deadline

Submit to DevPost

7 am | Fashion School Library, Rockwell Hall

Hacking Ends and Expo Setup

8 am | 1st Floor Lobby, Center for Architecture and Environmental Design


Tree City Coffee & Pastry Catering

8 am | Center for Architecture and Environmental Design Atrium

Project Expo

9 - 10:30 am | 1st Floor Lobby, Center for Architecture and Environmental Design

Closing Ceremonies

11 am | 1st Floor Lobby, Center for Architecture and Environmental Design