• 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 various challenge stream prizes. This is a free event with food, refreshments and prizes.
    Open to students from any U.S. university.


    SkyHack is presented by the Design Innovation, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering and LaunchNET at Kent State University.


    SkyHack - November 3-5, 2023

  • FAQ's

    Who can attend?

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

    When is SkyHack?

    November 3-5, 2023

    Where is SkyHack?

    Skyhack will be in the Design Innovation Hub at Kent State University. Address is 400 Janik Drive
    Kent, OH 44242-0001

    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.

    Available equipment?

    • Labs-You will have access to a variety of labs within the Design Innovation Hub.

    • Equipment-There will be a variety of equipment and hardware available. List to be posted 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

  • SkyHack 3.0 Winners


    Winners of the Innovations in Automation & Optimization challenge stream


    Winners of the Aerospace Redefined challenge stream

    Delayd & Glide

    Winners of the Improving the Air Travel Experience challenge stream

    Operation WASP

    Winners of the Play with a Purpose challenge stream

    Coterie & A.A.T.S.

    Winners of the I3 Lab Launch Award

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  • 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.

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