LaunchNET to host weekend-long SkyHack event


Adriona Murphy

Deborah Hoover, the president of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation (left), Julie Messing, the executive director of NeoLaunchNET (center) and Ken Burhanna, the interim dean of University Libraries, cut the ribbon for the new LaunchNET offices on Sept. 29, 2017.

Taylor Robinson

LaunchNET, a program that assists members of the Kent State community to transform ideas into successful businesses, projects and collaborations will host a weekend-long hackathon from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15.

The event, called SkyHack, will primarily take place in the Aeronautics and Technology Building. The focus of this hackathon is for groups of students to spend the weekend developing solutions to problems in the aviation industry.

The event will begin with opening ceremonies in the KIVA on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. and end with award presentations on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 12:15 p.m., also in the KIVA.

“We have students coming from all over, including Purdue and MIT,” Zach Mikrut, LaunchNET program manager, said via email. “The weekend culminates in a $10,000 grand prize presented by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.”

SkyHack is not limited to aeronautics students; engineering, fashion, health and design students are also invited to the problem-solving marathon.

Among the festivities, there will be a speaker from NASA in the Aeronautics and Engineering Building Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. and a project expo and demos on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.

The hackathon will be open to public for the full duration of the event.

For more information or to register, visit their website.

Taylor Robinson is the libraries reporter. Contact her at [email protected].