• November 5-7, 2021

    Skyhack 3.0

  • 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.


    Save the date for Skyhack 3.0:

    November 5-7, 2021

  • 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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  • Weekend Schedule

    **All activities in Design Innovation Hub (DIH)**



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

    4pm-6:30pm tours of building (labs, equipment, hacking areas, quiet areas)

    6:30pm opening ceremonies in DIH 219

    7:30 pm Dinner

    8:15pm: Team building and Idea generation (What’s your superpower?)

    9:00pm Project work begins.

    10:00pm: Exterior doors are locked

    Midnight: Equipment room locks

    Midnight: Late night snacks available



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

    10am-12pm: Technical experts available

    12pm-1pm: Lunch

    2:00pm-5:00pm: Technical experts available

    3:00-4:00pm: Travel reimbursements (registration table in lobby)

    4:00pm-5:00pm: Workshops-"How to move your project forward" and "How to pitch your project"

    5:00pm: Dinner

    10:00pm: exterior doors are locked

    Midnight: Equipment room locks

    Midnight: Late night snacks available



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

    7:00-9:00am: breakfast is available for participants to pick up at their own pace

    9:00am: Projects due! Upload to DevPost.

    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 (219 DIH)

    1:30pm: Final clean-up

  • 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 5-7, 2021

    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.

    What travel reimbursement is provided?

    Travel reimbursement funds available for those attending who are not from the local, Northeast Ohio area. Bring your ID and SS# as you will need to fill out a W-9.
    250-500 = $100
    500+ = $200
    Univ vans please reach out to us as well
    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 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

    What are the prizes?

    There are several prizes at Skyhack:

    • Five teams will be awarded $1,000 as challenge stream winners
    • Additional cash and sponsor awards to be announced
  • 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.”


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