SkyHack is a weekend long event in which students will come together to provide a solution to a challenge or “pain point” relating to the aviation industry. The solution may be a procedure, an idea, an app, a “widget,” an article of clothing, etc.

The event will take place in the Aeronautics and Technology Building (ATB) on the Kent State University Kent Campus. Activities throughout the weekend (e.g. opening and closing ceremonies) may take place in other buildings on campus. There will be approximately five challenges to choose from.


  • Students from any college or university with any major may participate
  • It is strongly recommended that students bring a resume. A resume book will be given to the top sponsors.
  • Students may come with a team or form a team when they arrive
  • Each team will choose a challenge it will work on during the weekend
  • The event is FREE to participants


Participants will have access to supplies and labs within ATB although bringing your own laptop or tablet is highly recommended. Mentors and industry experts will be on hand to offer assistance.


There will be spaces in ATB designated as quiet areas for participants who wish to sleep, but no other sleeping accommodations will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring sleeping bags.

Food is provided throughout the weekend.

Participants will have access to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (showers, exercise equipment, etc.) for the weekend.

There may be some travel reimbursement funds available for participants who are not from the area.


  • $1,000 prize for each challenge
  • $10,000 grand prize

Sponsorship Form