November 3-5, 2023

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    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. SkyHack is open to students from any U.S. university.


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


    SkyHack 2023 will be held November 3-5.

  • FAQs

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    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.

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    When is SkyHack?

    November 3-5, 2023

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    Where is SkyHack?

    Skyhack will be in the Design Innovation Hub at Kent State University. The building address is:


    400 Janik Drive
    Kent, OH 44242-0001

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    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.

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    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


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    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 already assembled or form a team at the event.

  • Get Involved

    As a member of the Kent State community or industry partner, there are many ways to be a part of SkyHack.

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    Become A Sponsor

    We offer two sponsorship levels for the event: Cirrus and Stratus. Sponsors at these levels have the opportunity to act as mentors, judges, and even develop challenge streams for the hackathon. We also have several hackathon activities and spaces available to sponsor at various giving levels if you would prefer to participate in those opportunities.

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    Showcase Your Organization

    Signing up for the Industry Partner Showcase is a great way to introduce your organization to SkyHack particpants. Through participation in the showcase, your organization and other industry partners will get to meet and recruit participants for any open internships and professional experiences.

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    Mentor Students

    Can't commit to a sponsorship? Attend SkyHack as a mentor! Our mentors provide valuable direction and feedback to student teams throughout the weekend. Being a mentor gives industry professionals the unique opportunity to meet and work with college students preparing to enter the work force.

    Want to learn more about becoming a sponsor or other ways to get involved? Fill out your information below and a member of our team will get back to you!

  • Let's Get Social

    Follow Design Innovation on the social media platforms listed below for updates on registration, how to get involved, and more!

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  • SkyHack 3.0 Winners

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    Winners of the Innovations in Automation & Optimization challenge stream

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    Winners of the Aerospace Redefined challenge stream

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    Delayd & Glide

    Winners of the Improving the Air Travel Experience challenge stream

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    Operation WASP

    Winners of the Play with a Purpose challenge stream

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    Coterie & A.A.T.S.

    Winners of the I3 Lab Launch Award

  • Presented by:

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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.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities:


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  • Contact Us

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    View Final Projects In-Person at the DI Hub

    All 14 final projects from SkyHack will be featured in the DI Hub Gallery space on the second floor.


    This temporary exhibit will be available through the remainder of the Fall 2021 semester.

  • Challenge Streams

    Develop solutions based on the challenge stream of your choice.

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    Improving the Air Travel Experience

    Improve people’s experiences from booking to arriving at their final destination by innovating for health, safety, vehicle/aircraft design, airports and/or airline procedures.

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    Innovations in Automation

    Enhance the fundamental aspects of aircraft handling (care, maintenance, guidance, luggage, etc.) through automation and bridge the gap in people power across the aviation domain.

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    Play with a Purpose

    Use the inspiration of Avenger Field and the WWII Women of the Airforce Service Pilots to create an interactive toy 'universe' that will inspire young girls and underrepresented individuals to consider futures in aviation.

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    Aerospace Redefined

    Envision the near future of public travel into space. How can we extend into the upper atmosphere and beyond?

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    Optimization at Any Altitude

    Develop a creative approach to bring piloted or un-piloted aviation technologies to solve challenges or create efficiencies in other sectors. How can new technologies and software be used to enhance daily life?

  • Become a Member Today

    Join us for these amazing benefits.

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    Starter Plan

    For individual users


    per month

    Basic course unlocked

    Email support

    No video guides


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    Pro Plan

    For team users


    per month

    Advanced course unlocked

    Live chat support

    Video guides

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    Enterprise Plan

    For large teams


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    Everything in Pro, plus:

    One-on-one coaching

    Bonus care package!

  • Weekend Schedule

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

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    4pm-6:30pm: Check-In and Tours

    6:30pm: Opening Ceremony (Auditorium - DIH 219)

    7:30pm: Dinner

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

    9pm-12am: Project Work and Activities

    10pm: Exterior Doors Lock

    12am: Building Closed

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    7-9am: Breakfast

    10am-12pm: Mentors and Activities

    12pm: Lunch

    2pm-5pm: Mentors Available

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

    4pm-5pm: Storytelling Workshop

    5pm: Dinner

    6pm-7pm: Iterate/Evaluate Workshop

    7pm-12am: Project Work and Activities

    10pm: Exterior Doors Lock

    12am: Building Closed

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

    7am-9am: Breakfast

    9am: PROJECTS DUE! Upload to Devpost.

    10am-11:15am: Project Expo

    11:15am- 12:15pm: Break

    12:30pm: Closing Ceremony and Award Presentation (Auditorium - DIH 219)

  • Live SkyHack Event Information

  • Campus Resources

    Available resources for participants.

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    Lab Hours

    Friday, Nov 5th

    8:30pm - Midnight: Equipment Checkout & Help Desk


    Saturday, Nov 6th

    7am - Midnight: Equipment Checkout & Help Desk, Electronics Lab, Blank Lab, 3D Printing, Vinyl

    7am - 10pm: Lasers

    9am - 1:30pm: Sewing

    10am - 5pm: Wood Shop


    Sunday, Nov 7th

    7am - 9am: Equipment Checkout & Help Desk, Blank Lab

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    Hardware Available for Checkout

    Arduino Uno R3

    X5C-1 Drone

    Elegoo 2.8" TFT touchscreen

    eBoot Photo Resistor

    HiLetgo Laser Head

    Module Detector


    Elegoo 37 Sensor Kit​

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    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.

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    “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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