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.
A partnership of the TechSytleLAB and LaunchNET at Kent State University, the Fashion/Tech Hackathon gathers students from many majors and curriculums from across the nation, and brings them together with mentors and sponsor companies over a 36 - hour period, to unlock creativity and apply breakthrough ideas that result in innovative concepts and products.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a waiver to sign before the event.
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.
This year, we'll be handling prizes differently. Prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremony in the amount of $4100. Instead of first, second, and third, we'll have three category prizes: Best Concept that Addresses User/Customer Experience, Most Visually/Aesthetically Compelling, and Best Implementation/Creation of Wearable Tech to Solve a Problem/Need. There will also be four mentorship awards for projects with Most Market / Venture Potential.
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.
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 the Fashion Tech Hackathon Code of Conduct
Check out our Travel Guide for information on how to get to here.
515 Hilltop Drive,
Kent, Ohio 44242
We will have a classroom set up as a sleeping room throughout the weekend. You might want to bring a pillow, blanket, or sleeping bag to be more comfortable.
Introduction to Raspberry Pi WorkshopPlease visit https://training.kent.edu to register for the event.
2:15 - 5 pm | Room 152, Kent State Main Library
Industrial Knitting Workshop
3-5 pm | Room 332, Rockwell Hall
Check in StartsIf you end up arriving after 10 pm on Friday, please come to the front desk of the Fashion Library to check in
5 - 10 pm | 1st Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
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, Rockwell Hall
DinnerMake your own Fajita
7:30 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
Tech Materials Checkout
9 pm | TechStyleLAB Room 302, Rockwell Hall
Swag Giveaway #1
11 pm | 1st Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
SnackHummus & Pita + Cookies
Midnight | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
BreakfastBreakfast Cereal & Toast
8 am | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
3D printing Available
9 am - 11 am | 1st Floor, Fashion Library
SPARK Innovation Studio Open3D printing, vinyl cutter, laser cutter, CNC router
10 am - 7 pm | SPARK Innovation Studio
High School Coding Workshoppowered by Hacksu, LaunchNET and KSU RCET (Research Center for Educational Technology)
10 am - Noon | Room 128, Rockwell Hall
Intro to Patternmaking Workshop
11 am | Room 324, Rockwell Hall
Intro to Sewing Workshop
11:30 am | Room 324, Rockwell Hall
LunchBuild your own sandwiches
12:30 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
Swag Giveaway #2
2 pm | 1st Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
SwimmingBring your swimsuits so you can tag along!
5 - 7 pm | Kent State Rec Center
DinnerPasta with marinara sauce and meatballs from Belleria
7 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
Record Your Pitch
9 pm - Midnight | Room 128, Rockwell Hall
Ice Cream Sundae Barpowered by HacKSU
Midnight | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
Project Submission DeadlineSubmit 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
BreakfastTree City Coffee & Pastry Catering
8 am | Center for Architecture and Environmental Design Atrium
9 - 10:30 am | 1st Floor Lobby, Center for Architecture and Environmental Design
11 am | 1st Floor Lobby, Center for Architecture and Environmental
Gather your belongingsCollect all your belongings from the Fashion Library before it closes at noon
Before Noon | Fashion Library