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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
SkyHack 3.0 Winners
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.
Develop solutions based on the challenge stream of your choice.
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.
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.
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.
Envision the near future of public travel into space. How can we extend into the upper atmosphere and beyond?
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?
For individual users
Basic course unlocked
No video guides
For team users
Advanced course unlocked
Live chat support
For large teams
Everything in Pro, plus:
Bonus care package!
**All activities in Design Innovation Hub (DIH)**
4pm-6:30pm: Check-In and Tours
6:30pm: Opening Ceremony (Auditorium - DIH 219)
8:15pm: Team building and Idea generation (What’s your superpower?)
9pm-12am: Project Work and Activities
10pm: Exterior Doors Lock
12am: Building Closed
10am-12pm: Mentors and Activities
2pm-5pm: Mentors Available
3pm-4pm: Travel reimbursements (registration table in lobby)
4pm-5pm: Storytelling Workshop
6pm-7pm: Iterate/Evaluate Workshop
7pm-12am: Project Work and Activities
10pm: Exterior Doors Lock
12am: Building Closed
**Today marks daylight savings time. Don’t forget to set clocks back 1 hour.**
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)
Available resources for participants.
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
“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.”