Please join us for an exciting weekend of collaboration and exploration at the intersection of fashion and technology! Now in its eighth year, the Fashion Tech Hackathon is a FREE event that brings together university students from different majors, backgrounds and locations and gives them resources and space to learn new skills and create innovative projects. With the support of mentors from a variety of universities, industries and disciplines, the event fosters networking, collaboration and innovation. Whether it's designing wearable tech, a new innovative app, or an inventive way to further develop existing technologies, student teams will have the opportunity to solve problems using fashion and technology (and win some awesome prizes)! Sponsors and mentors have the opportunity to work and network with potential future employees, and will have access to innovative, leading-edge products and software.  

This year, to comply with COVID-19 safety standards and procedures, we have pivoted to a fully online, virtual hackathon to allow participants the ability to help define the future of fashion from the comfort of their own homes! Thos participating in the hack must adhere to the Major League Hacking (MLH) Code of Conduct.  We look forward to your participation in the 2021 hack! 

The Fashion Tech Hackathon in partnership with the School of Fashion's TechStyleLAB, Kent State's Design Innovation,  Kent State’s LaunchNET, and with the support of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation Grant.

 

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Prizes

$3,500 in prizes

Connected Individual Challenge

CONNECTED INDIVIDUAL
Sponsored by Burton D. Morgan Foundation Grant. What does connected mean in regards to an individual? How can they feel more connected to themselves? Can fashion and technology be harnessed to create deeper connections with oneself? And in what areas: expression? augmentation? data? health? sports?

Connected Community Challenge

CONNECTED COMMUNITY
Sponsored by Design Innovation
What does connected mean in regards to a community? How can a foster deeper and more meaningful sense of community? Can fashion and technology be harnessed to do this? And in what areas: communication? expression? augmentation? data? Additional Submission Requirements for this prize: Demonstrate multi-disciplinary team; Create a statement on how you how are you creating intersectionality and diversity in your team.

LaunchNET MVP (Minimally Viable Product) Award

LaunchNET is looking for the MVP (Minimally Viable Product) that is ready to explore market potential, interview with customers, and pursue an entrepreneurial adventure. We are specifically judging on prototype, competitive advantage, and identification/need of target market.

Enventys Partners Mentorship Award (2)

This award consists of post-hackathon mentorship with Enventys Partners to projects that show market promise and are ready for further project development to aid in the pursuit of bringing these projects to market.

CLO Best use of Virtual Fashion

The project that presents the best use of virtual fashion with CLO will receive a CLO software license for each of the team members. Each individual CLO software license market value is $450/year.

echoAR Sponsor Award

By creating a project with echoAR you will enter to win:
1. A $50 Amazon gift card (per team);
2. 3-month free Business Tier access (per team member); and
3. Selected projects will be featured on our “Inspiration” page
Participants MUST use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for a reward.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • 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.

Requirements

FTH 2021 CHALLENGES
Choose only one of these three
General Submission Criteria

CONNECTED INDIVIDUAL ($1,000 to one team)
What does connected mean in regards to an individual? How can they feel more connected to themselves? Can fashion and technology be harnessed to create deeper connections with oneself? And in what areas: expression? augmentation? data? health? sports?

CONNECTED COMMUNITY ($1,000 to one team)
Sponsored by Design Innovation
What does connected mean in regards to a community? How can a foster deeper and more meaningful sense of community? Can fashion and technology be harnessed to do this? And in what areas: communication? expression? augmentation? data? 
 Additional Submission Requirements for this prize: Demonstrate multi-disciplinary team; Create a statement on how you how are you creating intersectionality and diversity in your team.

CONNECTED SYSTEMS ($1,000 to one team)
Sponsored by Burton D. Morgan Foundation Grant
The fashion and tech industries can be thought of in terms of systems that must adapt (quickly) to change. Different business models (such as business to business or direct to customers) may benefits from being connected in new ways. What does connected mean in regards to a system or industry? How can fashion and technology be used to foster connections? What or whom are they connected to? Can fashion and technology be harnessed to create deeper connections with customers? 
Additional Submission Requirements for this prize: Include a statement as to how your innovation is disruptive to an industry

Additional Prizes
LaunchNET MVP (Minimally Viable Product) Award
LaunchNET is looking for the MVP (Minimally Viable Product) that is ready to explore market potential, interview with customers, and pursue an entrepreneurial adventure. We are specifically judging on prototype, competitive advantage, and identification/need of target market.

Enventys Partners Mentorship Award
This award consists of post-hackathon mentorship with Enventys Partners to projects that show market promise and are ready for further project development to aid in the pursuit of bringing these projects to market.

CLO Best use of Virtual Fashion
The project that presents the best use of virtual fashion with CLO will receive a CLO software license for each of the team members. Each individual CLO software license market value is $450/year.

echoAR Sponsor Award
By creating a project with echoAR you will enter to win:
1. A $50 Amazon gift card (per team);
2. 3-month free Business Tier access (per team member); and
3. Selected projects will be featured on our “Inspiration” page
Participants MUST use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for a reward.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

Best Use of Google Cloud
Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key
Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize

Judges

Kat Simmons
Kent State University

Daniel Fladung
Instructor KSU

Alyssa Robinson
KSU

Robin Vandezande

Robin Vandezande
KSU

J.R. Campbell

J.R. Campbell
KSU DI

Mary Jane Schumuhl

Mary Jane Schumuhl
AFFOA

Rigney Cunningham

Rigney Cunningham
Neural Trend

Krissi Riewe
KSU

Dwayne Ayers

Dwayne Ayers
Stoll

Krish Munot

Krish Munot

Melissa Dawson

Melissa Dawson
RIT

Holly Mosher

Holly Mosher
Emich

Julie Becker
Emich

Caley Taylor

Caley Taylor
CLO 3D

Zachary Mikrut

Zachary Mikrut

Mike Starkey

Mike Starkey

Abraham Avnisan

Koren
Echo AR

Sheilla Odhiambo
FTILab

Judging Criteria

  • 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)

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