Fashion/Tech Hackathon 2016

FTH-logoThe 3rd annual Kent State Fashion/Tech Hackathon is this weekend – January 29-31, 2016! This cross-curricular, 36-hour event gives students the opportunity to participate in teams and create & innovate in the world of wearable technology. At the end of the weekend, teams will showcase their finished piece for the chance at winning the grand prize in of 4 categories:

  • Creation of a New Technology
  • Advancement of an Existing Technology
  • Use of Technology in Creating New Fashion Products
  • Tech Advancement of the Retail Experience

The hackathon is open to all students, from high school to graduate, and is FREE to attend! Currently there are over 200 students registered from 75 colleges and universities across the nation.

For more information and to register visit the hackathon’s official site at:

Fashion/Tech Hackathon 2016

Good luck to all participants!

The 2015 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

CPL and Ingenuity Cleveland logosWhile plans for our next Kent State Mini Maker Faire are only just beginning, there is another maker experience right around the corner. We are just over a week away from the 3rd annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire! The Cleveland faire is presented in a joint collaboration between the Cleveland Public Library and Ingenuity Cleveland. The free event takes place on June 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Cleveland Public Library, located at 325 Superior Avenue NE, in downtown Cleveland.

For more information about the Cleveland faire, visit their website:

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

Join us in supporting our fellow regional innovators and our growing Northeast Ohio maker culture by making plans to attend! And good luck to our friends at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire as they kick off another great event!

School Maker Faires

(Photo credit: Maker Faire)

This weekend is the annual Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, California. This major event features some pretty incredible exhibits! Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and live-posting throughout the faire.

As one of only 3 collegiate Maker Faires in the United States, we are proud to be bringing the maker culture to our university and local community. We would love to see it permeate into the school systems next. Maker Faire would too – that’s why they have launched a new program to bring Maker Faires to K-12 schools. Check out their article on how to start up your own school Maker Faire:

Make a School Maker Faire

A school Maker Faire can be considered an evolved science fair – unleashing the limits, cultivating new partnerships between creative genres and showcasing the talents of an already developing maker culture.

Know a school that is already embracing the maker movement? Comment below!

Photos from the 2015 Mini Maker Faire

Thanks to everyone who have contributed photos so far from our 2nd annual Kent State Mini Maker Faire! We have started a group on Flickr called Kent State Mini Maker Faire 2015. This particular group is free to join and open to the public. Through the group we can continue to share photos along with posting updates and starting discussions, so we encourage interested Makers to sign up!

Have photos that you would like to submit to the collection? Here are 3 ways to send them our way:

  1. Flickr: While signed into your Flickr account, join the Kent State Mini Maker Faire 15 group and add your photos (visit Flickr’s help page for quick instructions)
  2. Google: With a Google/Gmail account, upload your photos to our Maker Faire 15 Google Drive folder (you may need to click on the “Open in Drive” button if it appears in the top right corner of your screen)
  3. Social media: Tag photos on your Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #KSUMake (does not work with private social media accounts)

If none of the above options work for you, contact us at for alternatives.

Here are more highlight photos from the event:

Kent State CAED student runs a 3D printer

A student from the Kent State College of Architecture & Environmental Design feeds a 3D printer that uses recycled filament and 3D printed scraps as material for new builds.

Portage County Amateur Radio

Members of the Portage County Amateur Radio organization showcase a variety of projects created by local ham operators

3D printing workshop with Brian Peters

Brian Peters, faculty member from the Kent State College of Architecture & Environmental Design, discusses the various materials used in 3D printing during a workshop

Rhonda Mitchell offers drawing tips

Rhonda Mitchell, a faculty member from the School of Fashion Design & Merchandising, offers drawing tips to event attendees

3D body scanning by the KSU TechStyleLAB

A Kent State student maker takes her turn being digitized with the Kent State TechStyleLAB’s 3D body scanner

Cleveland Public Library's TechCentral

A staff member from the Cleveland Public Library’s TechCentral discusses some of the 3D print projects that have been produced using their Makerbot printer

Stephanie Mote, Kent State student and member of the campus organization, United Print Alliance, offers a screen printing demonstration

Stephanie Mote, Kent State student and member of the campus organization, United Print Alliance, offers a screen printing demonstration

Workshop by the Kent State Robotics team

Members of the Kent State Robotics team present a workshop on robotics and hardware focused projects

Coverage of the 2015 event

Campus is still abuzz about our 2015 Mini Maker Faire. We were impressed with the variety of makers and innovations present at our event this year. Thanks again to all who partook in the festivities!

Below is coverage from the event, produced by our on campus news organizations:

The Daily Kent Stater:
“Students, locals participate in Kent State’s second annual Mini Maker Faire”

TV2, Kent State’s student-run television station:

KSU holds “Maker Faire” in library from on Vimeo.

We are in the process of compiling all of the photos and video that were taken during the Maker Faire and plan to post them soon. In the meantime, if you have any photos or video from the event we would love to see them! There are a number of ways to share with us:

  • Tag any event images or video with #KSUMake on your social media accounts
  • Email us at with a link to your Flickr set (or other publicly-viewable online collection)
  • Upload them to our Maker Faire 15 Google Drive folder (accessible by anyone with a Google/Gmail account) – make sure to include your name in the filename to receive photo credit
  • Contact us at for alternative options

Have an observation about our 2015 event that you would like to share? We would love to hear it! Feel free to comment below.

What a day!

What a great turnout we had at today’s event! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the Maker Faire, from our inspiring exhibitors to our enthusiastic attendees. We would also like to thank our sponsors for helping make the Faire a reality. It’s proof that the Maker Movement is alive and thriving here in our region. What a great day!

Check back for full coverage of the event. In the meantime, here are a few highlight photos from the affair. Have a great weekend!

Kent State Mini Maker Faire 2015

A panoramic view of the 2015 Kent State Mini Maker Faire

SMS consultants interact with guests on a paper circuit activity

Student consultants from the Kent State Student Multimedia Studio teach attendees about paper circuits

Kent State Tuscarawas Library

Staff from the Kent State Tuscarawas Library showcase some of the technology that is available in their new makerspace

Aurora High School Robotics

Brian Peters from the Kent State College of Architecture & Environmental Design chats with members of one of Aurora High School’s robotics teams

Countdown: 1 day!

a laser cut version of the Maker Faire robotWell tomorrow is the day. We cannot wait! Setup has already begun and Friday preparations are underway. If you haven’t yet, we suggest that you register in advance for your free ticket on our Attend page. This will save you time at the door, leaving more room for fun at the Faire!

For the most up-to-date list of exhibits visit our Makers page. We have a great turnout this year! We will be promoting the event on social media using #KSUMake. We encourage you to share photos and your experiences as well using the hashtag.

See you tomorrow!

Live workshops at the Maker Faire!

In addition to the exciting exhibits on display at Friday’s Maker Faire, we will be holding a series of free workshops throughout the course of the event. They will take place in two locations in the building. The first space is room 152, which is in the far, right corner of the 1st floor, behind the computer lab. The second set of workshops will be held in the Wick Poetry Corner, located on the 2nd floor across from the elevators.

For details and to sign up for a session, follow the links below. Be sure to note the location of the presentation that you wish to attend.

12:15 p.m.
HacKSU: “Making Your First Website” (Rm. 152)

12:30 p.m.
Kara Wellman: “Jewelry Making” (Wick Poetry)

12:45 p.m.
Cherie Bronkar, Kent State Tuscarawas Library: “Community Makerspaces” (Rm. 152)

1:15 p.m.
Trevor Watkins, University Libraries: “Collaborative Development Environments For Software Developers” (Rm. 152)

1:30 p.m.
Timothy Simandl: “O Moody, Tearful Night” (Wick Poetry)

2:00 p.m.
Tom Mahon, Information Services: “3D Modeling With SketchUp!” (Rm. 152)

2:30 p.m.
Diane Gwyn Baldridge, Knitting for Those in Need: “Loom Knitting”  (Wick Poetry)

3:00 p.m.
Brian Peters, CAED: “3D Printing: The Basics” (Rm. 152)

3:30 p.m.
Kent State Robotics Team: “Robotics / Hardware Focused Projects” (Rm. 152)

To browse the entire list, view the full schedule on EventBrite. Tickets are limited so we recommend signing up in advance to secure your seat.

Countdown: 2 days!!

Attendee Parking

The most common question from guests who are planning their trip to the Maker Faire is parking. If you do not have a Kent State permit there are several visitor parking locations close to our venue. The nearest one is the Kent Student Center pay lot, which is just out in front of the library and Risman Plaza.

Kent Student Center Pay Lot

Kent Student Center Pay Lot

Once that lot fills up, the next best option is the Schwartz Center pay lot directly across the street.

Schwartz Center Pay Lot

Schwartz Center pay lot

Check out our Attend page for directions and further details.

If you are a Maker who is exhibiting at the event, you will receive specific instructions from our organizing committee on where to load/unload equipment and park. If you have questions in the meantime feel free to comment below or contact us directly at

Countdown: 3 days!

Hashtag it

#KSUMakeOur 2015 Mini Maker Faire is just 4 days away! Use the hashtag #KSUMake on Instagram and Twitter to share your experiences and see what others are saying. Some of the Makers will be live tweeting and posting during the event as well. So watch for it!

While the Call for Makers will be coming to a close soon you still have another day or so to sign up. Simply visit our Makers page and fill out the online application.