• What is SkyHack?

    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.

  • Testimonials

    “How the project came together really made the lack of sleep totally worth it,” said Kyle Vasulka, a junior electrical engineering major at Akron.


    “I definitely didn’t expect to win coming in,” said Jon Tucker, a senior mechanical engineering major at Akron. “I knew we had something good, but everyone else here is very talented and smart, too.”


    “We’ll have judges walk through and take a look at everything and there will be a $1,000 winner for each challenge and then an overall winner of $10,000.”


  • FAQ's

    Who can attend?

    Any student, Undergraduate - Graduate school may participate. Others who wish to be involved may come and mentor. 18 and older encouraged to attend the event.

    What is the cost?

    Nothing! SkyHack is free for all to attend. We'll provide your meals and swag for the weekend, and in some cases we'll even provide travel reimbursement.

    What travel reimbursement is provided?

    Travel reimbursement funds available for those attending who are not from the local, Kent State campus. Bring your ID and SS# as you will need to fill out a W-9.
    <250 miles = $25
    250-500 = $100
    500+ = $200
    Local univ vans at $250/van
    Reimbursement checks will be mailed to the address provided on your W-9 within 2-4 weeks.

    Available equipment?

    • Labs-You will have access to the Foundry, Spark Innovation Studio, Air Traffic Control Simulator, Wind Tunnel and more.

    • Equipment-There will be a variety of equipment and hardware available including:

      • 3D Printers

      • Arduinos

      • Tiny Circuits

      • Drones

      • Sewing machine and fabric

      • Luggage

      • Plane seats

      • Balsa Wood planes

      • Raspberry Pi

      • Oculus Rift

      • soldering kits

      • Elegoo UNO kits and sensors

      • and more!

    What are the rules?

    Teams can consist of 1-6 students, and the entire project must be built at the event. You may use publicly available libraries

    What if I know nothing about tech?

    You should still come! Hackathons are designed for you to learn, plus, our event celebrates makers of all kinds, including aviation students, engineers, designers, and more.You should still come! Hackathons are designed for you to learn, plus, our event celebrates makers of all kinds, including aviation students, engineers, designers, and more.

    What if I want to sleep?

    There will be spaces in ATB designated as quiet areas for students who wish to sleep (there will be cots available for use), but no other sleeping accommodations will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring sleeping bags, pillows, etc.

    What should I bring?

    What should I bring?
    • Student I.D. (including Kent State Students)

    • Laptop and charger (mouse if necessary)

    • Any Software of your own that you may find necessary

    • Any Hardware of your own that you may find necessary

    • Phone and Charger

    • Sleeping Bag

    • Pillow

    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc)

    • Medication (if necessary)

    • Workout Clothes (Skyhack participants have access to the rec center!)

    • Change of Clothes

    • Extra Copy of your Résumé (for sponsor expo)

    Where do I submit my project?

  • Challenge Streams

    In addition to one overall $10,000 winner for best overall project, there will be a $1,000 prize for the winning group in each of the challenge streams below.

    Challenge Streams to be announced...

    If you are a company interested in sponsoring a challenge stream please contact us.

  • Campus Resources

    Available resources for participants.

    Where to fly drones on campus


    There are several approved areas to fly drones on campus. Please adhere to the map found via the link above.

    3D Printing with Student Multimedia Studio


    The Student Multimedia Studio will be offering 3D Printing.



    3D Printing, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling at Spark

    Spark Innovation Studio will be offering 3D Printing, Laser Cutting and CNC milling to Skyhack participants. Find spark at the link above or ask staff members for directions.

  • Sponsors

    Event made possible by:

    Burton D. Morgan Foundation

    Burton D. Morgan Foundation champions the entrepreneurial spirit, contributes to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, and leads in the burgeoning field of entrepreneurship education.

    Design Innovation

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  • Contact SkyHack



    1400 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio 44242