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 $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.
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 MLH's Code of Conduct
Check out our Travel Guide for information on how to get to here.
515 Hilltop Drive,
Kent, Ohio 44242
Check in Starts
5 pm | Rockwell Hall Atrium
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
DinnerMake your own Fajita
7:30 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
Tech Materials Checkout
Speed Problem Solving WorkshopHit 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 Barpowered by HacKSU
Midnight | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
BreakfastBreakfast Burritos from Fresco
8 am | 2nd Floor Atrium
YogaBring your own mat
9 am | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
3D printing Available
9 am - 11 pm | 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 Ed-Tech
10 am - Noon | Room 128
Moving Forward with Your Hack WorkshopLearn 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
LunchBuild 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 WorkshopHop on a bus to SPARK for 3D printing and a special giveaway!
3 pm | SPARK Innovation Studio
Build a Portfolio Website WorkshopLearn some basic web design to help get your creative portfolio off the ground
4 pm | Room 128
Ice SkatingTake a break from hacking and enjoy some ice skating courtesy of the Kent State Ice Arena.
5 - 6:30 pm | Kent State Ice Arena
DinnerPasta with marinara sauce and meatballs from Belleria
7 pm | 2nd Floor Atrium, Rockwell Hall
MLH Cup Stacking
10 pm | Lobby, Rockwell Hall
SnackHummus & Pita + Cookies
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 Design