Help define the future of fashion!

The annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon is a dynamic, cross-circular event allowing teams of students from all across the U.S. and Canada, to learn new skills and create innovative technology that will help define the future of fashion.

Participating students spend 36 hours developing a project of their choice in the form of a technology-enhanced garment or wearable-responsive web application. All teams are given free access to the TechStyleLAB and Beyond Fashion KnitLab, the Fashion School's two digital textile fabrication space, along with a variety of free electronic and textile materials. Faculty mentors are on hand throughout the weekend to assist the students with any issues or questions they have during the event.

The Fashion/Tech Hackathon in partnership with the Fashion School’s TechStyleLAB, Kent State's Design Innovation, high tech knit company Evolution St. Louis, Kent State’s LaunchNET and the Kent State computer science student organization HacKSU.

More Information at:

KSU FTH 2021 Theme(s) announced on January 29, 2021 during the opening ceremony.

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Prizes announced January 26 at opening ceremony

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • KSU FTH is a university student hackathon - any student enrolled in a college or university is eligible.
  • Teams must consist of 2-5 students.
  • Team Devpost must be complete and submitted on time.
  • One Project per team - one team per participant.
  • Teams must self-select the one awards category for their project submission.
  • Team must present at the expo and awards ceremony.


Judging on Sunday at Expo

Judging on Sunday at Expo

Judging Criteria

  • Judging Criteria
    Judges will be looking at the following for each project. Items below are not equally weighted. 1) Concept Originality. 2) Technological Innovation. 3) Execution and Polish. 4) Communication, Presentation and Rigor. 5) Audience/Market Appeal/Usability:
  • 1) Concept Originality
    How novel is the concept or application? Has it been done before? Is the approach novel? The work should exhibit depth of understanding and insight.
  • 2) Technological Innovation
    How innovative is the use of technology: have advances been made in the use of standard tools for a new purpose? Have new technologies been developed? What does the technology bring to the wearer or the viewer in the wearable environment?
  • 3) Execution and Polish
    How professional and polished is the finished product? Have appropriate or novel construction techniques been implemented? How have standard hardware components been adapted for the wearable environment?
  • 4) Communication and Rigor
    How well have the concept, novelty, and use of technology been communicated? Is the idea and process evident in written and visual materials?
  • 5) Audience/Usability
    How appropriate is the design for the intended audience/purpose? (Most Visually/Aesthetically Compelling) How well have the designers addressed the usability of their interface/interaction? (Best wearable tech to solve a problem)


  • Social Good