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Aviation Hackathon #SkyHack

Aeronautics and Technology Building
Friday, October 13, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Kent State University's flight technology program by participating in the first ever collegiate, Aviation Hackathon.

Burton D. Morgan graduated in 1938 from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a love for aviation. In 1967, he started Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support those with entrepreneurial aspirations. Also in 1967, Kent State started the flight technology program. What better way of celebrating 50 years, then by partnering to sponsor an aviation hackathon?

College students 18 years of age or older from any university and any area of study are invited! The event will last from 5:00p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 with the closing ceremony at beginning at noon. Five challenges related in some way to the aviation/aeronautics industry will be presented. Over the course of the weekend, students will establish interdisciplinary teams, innovate, produce prototypes and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win financial awards and other incentives. The Burton D. Morgan grand prize is $10,000. In addition, each challenge stream will have a $1,000 winner. The event will be held on Kent State University's campus in Kent, Ohio primarily in the Aeronautics and Technology Building (ATB).

The event is free to participants. Food will be provided.

Registration

Opens September 1, 2017

For more information go to skyhackksu.com


photo Aviation Hackathon old black and white Burt glider plane"At Purdue University in 1936-1938, I joined the Purdue Glider Club. We built our own gliders of wood, linen cloth, and airplane dope. The one we built that I remember the most was enclosed, that is, it had a body, although our heads were out in the open. These gliders were launched by means of a winch and a steel drum and one mile of single-strand steel cable. To launch the plane, the cable pulled it by winding the winch. We got up to about 1,500 feet in this way."

photo Aviation Hackathon old black and white Burt and model A"I also remember building the winch. We bought a used Model A Ford and used the chassis to mount the steel drum and the engine to power the drum with the standard gearshift and clutch arrangement. I can also remember that, to buy the Model A Ford, we negotiated with a used car dealer and got one for $25."


View the video below of the Kent State Fashion Tech Hackathon 2016

For more information go to fashiontechhackathon.com