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.
Any student, high school - grad school 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 up to $100.
This year, we'll be handling prizes differently. 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.
Hackers must also adhere to MLH's Code of Conduct