Kent State Fashion/Tech Hackathon Set for January 27-29

The 2017 Fashion/Tech Hackathon, hosted by the Fashion School at Kent State University, will take place January 27-29. Now in its fourth year, the Hackathon is a cross-curricular event allowing teams of student participants to create and innovate within the realm of wearable technology. It is presented in partnership with the Fashion School’s TechStyleLAB and the university’s LaunchNET entrepreneurial initiative. Learn how to get involved as a participant or sponsor.

Last year, the event attracted 158 attendees representing 17 total institutions. Many were first-time hackers. The students completed 34 projects to submit for judging. Award categories included Best Creation of a New Technology, Best Advancement of an Existing Technology, Best Use of Technology to Create New Fashion Products and Best Tech Advancement of the Retail Experience. See last year’s student projects.

The Hackathon takes place at Rockwell Hall (515 Hilltop Drive, Kent, Ohio) and the adjacent Center for Architecture and Environmental Design (132 S. Lincoln St). The event is free for participants (undergraduate and graduate students), who also get meals and “swag” from the event sponsors. The public is also invited to the (free) project expo and awards ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. on January 29. See the complete schedule of events.

Watch video from last year's Hackathon:


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POSTED: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 4:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 4:43pm
Alex Parrott