SkyHack $10,000 opportunity

    Aviation-focused design challenge, open to students from any U.S. university!


    Hurry, registration closes on October 25!

  • What is SkyHack?

    SkyHack is a weekend-long aviation focused design challenge. This event will enable you to explore issues in the aviation industry ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles, to pathogens on planes, to sustainability. Work together with students from multiple universities as you ‘hack’ and plan your way to a $10,000 grand prize. This is a free event with food, refreshments and prizes.
    Open to students from any U.S. university.


    Skyhack is presented by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering and LaunchNET at Kent State University.


    Registration closes on Oct. 25, 2019!

  • Special thanks to the Burton D. Morgan Foundation

    Burton D. Morgan graduated in 1938 from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a love for aviation. In 1967, he started Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support those with entrepreneurial aspirations. In October of 2017, the Foundation sponsored the first aviation-themed hackathon, SkyHack, at Kent State University in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Because of the success of the first event, they have graciously offered to sponsor a second SkyHack event.

  • Testimonials

    “How the project came together really made the lack of sleep totally worth it”


    “I definitely didn’t expect to win coming in, I knew we had something good, but everyone else here is very talented and smart, too.”


  • Sponsors:

  • TENTATIVE Weekend Schedule

    **All activities in Aeronautics and Engineering Building (AEB) unless otherwise noted**



    4pm-6:30pm: registration/ check-in table will be open (someone will be on hand for late-arrivals).

    4pm-6:30pm sponsor booths open and tours of building (labs, equipment, hacking areas, sleeping areas) available

    6:30pm opening ceremonies in Henderson Hall (across from AEB)

    7:30 pm walk back to the AEB building-dinner available

    8:15pm: Team building and Idea generation (What’s your superpower?) with J.R. Campbell, Director, Design Innovation at Kent State University

    9:00pm Hacking begins.

    10:00pm: Exterior doors are locked

    Midnight: Equipment room locks



    7-9am: breakfast and coffee is available for participants to pick up at their own pace

    7am: hacking continues

    12pm-1pm: Lunch is available in the conference room

    1:30-3:30pm: Check-in with mentors

    5pm: Dinner and activity

    10pm: late night snack and doors are locked

    Midnight: Equipment room locks



    **Today marks daylight savings time. Don’t forget to set clocks back 1 hours.**

    7-9am: breakfast is available for participants to pick up at their own pace

    9am: Hacking ends and projects due

    10:00-11:15: project expo

    11:15am- 12:15pm - Participants clean-up, pack and have lunch while judges deliberate

    12:30pm: Closing ceremonies with award presentation

  • FAQ's

    Who can attend?

    Students, 18 and older, (undergrad and graduate) from any U.S. university may participate. Others who wish to be involved may come and mentor.

    When is SkyHack?

    November 1st-3rd

    Where is SkyHack?

    Skyhack will be in the Aeronautics and Engineering Building (AEB) at Kent State University. Address is 1400 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio 44242

    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, Wind Tunnel and more.

    • Equipment-There will be a variety of equipment and hardware available. Equipment list will be announced soon!

    What are the rules?

    Teams can consist of 2-6 students, and the entire project must be built at the event. You are welcome to come with a team or form a team at the event

    What if I know nothing about tech?

    You should still come! Hackathons and design challenges 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 AEB 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 for workouts and showers!)

    • Change of Clothes

    • Extra Copy of your Résumé (for sponsor expo)

    Where do I submit my project?

    To be added during competition

  • Contact SkyHack



    1400 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio 44242

  • 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.

  • 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.