MLH Official - Spring 2016

January 29 - 31, 2016

Kent State University

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.

This year, we'll be having 4 different prize categories:

  • Creation of a new technology
  • Advancement of an existing technology
  • Use of Technology in Creating New Fashion Products
  • Tech Advancement of the retail experience


Get involved as a sponsor.

Our sponsors get a variety of benefits, like recruiting and marketing opportunities. We attract top talent from the world's best fashion and engineering schools. Our attendees are some of the most diverse hackers. Last year, out of 144 students, we saw 60% female participants from 23 different majors and 14 different universities. See below for more information, or contact Robin at

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?

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 ( 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 up to $100.

What are the prizes?

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.

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.

Hackers must also adhere toMLH's Code of Conduct