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Kent State University’s Fashion School and Design Innovation Initiative Presents:

IFFTI 2020 FASHION + SOCIAL JUSTICE HACKATHON

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM FOR NOMINATING ONE STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE IFFTI 2020 FASHION + SOCIAL JUSTICE HACKATHON (Deadline is November 1st, 2019, 11:59pm Eastern US Time Zone)

Nomination form is here - https://forms.gle/68Qg3BBp64MaHL5k8

  Fashion + Social Justice Student Hackathon Co-Chairs: Kendra Lapolla Meyer & Melissa Campbell

 

Kent State University’s Fashion School and Design Innovation Initiative Presents:

IFFTI 2020 FASHION + SOCIAL JUSTICE HACKATHON

  • Nomination deadline ends November 1, 2019

  • Offer letters sent out by November 15, 2019

  • Student registration confirmation deadline, December 15, 2019

  • Students arrive in Kent on Monday, March 23, 2020 for pre-hackathon workshop at 17:00hrs

  • Hackathon begins – March 24, 2020 at 08:00hrs

  • Hackathon ends – March 25th, 2020 at 15:00hrs

  • Hackathon presentation expo event March 25th, 2020 at 17:00hrs

 

The Kent State Fashion School invites faculty from IFFTI member schools to nominate one student each to participate in the IFFTI 2020 Fashion + Justice Hackathon on the Kent State Campus in Kent Ohio.  Our hackathon will focus on pitching, building prototypes and presenting a solution that attempts to answer a social justice question.  

Teams may explore, but are not limited to, solving the following questions:

How can the concept of fashion – 

·     Influence free speech?

·     Understand freedom?

·     Promote liberty?

·     Be inclusive?

·     Understand culture?

·     Save Energy?

·     Repair the planet?

·     Positively influence immigration?

·     Decrease poverty?

·     Increase health and wellness?

 

Each IFFTI Member Institution is welcome to submit one student nominee.  Final nominations of selected students must be submitted by your institution’s “Authorized IFFTI Representative” by November 1st, 2019 via the application form distributed to IFFTI Member Institution Representatives (link shown above).

Teams will be formed at the event and student participation is encouraged from diverse academic backgrounds and disciplines (i.e. technology, graphic design, fashion design, merchandising, communication, engineering, social sciences as well as artists, writers and more).

Participants will receive the following support from Kent State:

  • A Kent State student “team host” will help to facilitate team creation and communication in the months prior to arrival for the event

  • In Kent, visiting student participants will be provided with three night’s accommodation (in hotel rooms paired with another student)

  • Daily transportation

  • Three days of meals

  • Free attendance to the first day keynote lectures of the IFFTI 2020 conference

  • Workshops on team collaboration and challenged based innovation

  • Access to a wide range of tools, technologies and supplies to bring their collective ideas to life

Student participants (and/or their home institution) will need to provide their own:

  • Travel and transportation costs to and from Kent Ohio (transportation to and from the airport will not be provided)

  • Accommodations prior to March 23rd and after March 25th

  • Any and all visa requirements and corresponding legal expenses

  • If interested, registration fees (at reduced student rate- 250.USD) for IFFTI conference activities after March 25th will be available

Schedule

  • Monday, 3/23/2019: check in to accommodations, evening ice breaker activities,

  • Tuesday, 3/24, 8am - hackathon officially begins

  • Tuesday, 3/24, working in teams, Hackathon pauses at 10pm

  • Wednesday, 3/25, Hacking begins at 6am and ends at 3pm. At 5pm, teams showcase their prototypes as part of the IFFTI conference and awards are announced

  • Thursday to Friday 3/26 to 3/27, students invited to attend final two days of IFFTI conference at their own expense

Further information to consider:

The goals of the Fashion + Social Justice Hackathon are to increase awareness of the ways that the concept of fashion can improve social justice issues.  

What is a hackathon?

Hacking is creative problem solving.

  • A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems. Most have a parallel track for workshops.

  • Participants typically form groups of about 2-5 individuals, take out their laptops (if the event is technology themed), and dive into problems.

  • Participants “think with their hands,” creating prototypes or visualizations.

 Goals of a Hackathon

  • Strengthen the community that the hackathon is for

  • Augment student learning

  • Foster interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Improve community and industry partnerships

  • Provide an opportunity for participants to learn something new

  • Provide a space and a time for participants to make headway on problems they are interested in

  • Hackathons can be viewed as an introduction to a life-long journey to solve problems or as a training session to prepare participants for tackling messy/complex challenges.