The hackathon format, implemented through interdisciplinary group work, encourages students to brainstorm, pitch concepts, build teamwork skills, plan projects and develop design ideas in a fast-paced and dynamic way. The creativity, teamwork and problem solving unleashed in a short period of time through collaborative projects at hackathons often stimulates participants to engage more deeply in their professions and academic interests. These interactions serve to “open up” a classroom environment, and enables an active, rather than passive, learning experience for students.
To be competitive in the emerging field of fashion-tech, graduates need to respond to the demands of the market with a variety of skills. The following have been identified as critical for the sector and to be developed through the hackathon activities:
Equipping designers with collaborative design and innovation capabilities to deliver more effective ways of developing disruptive products and product/services;
Mastering co-creation and user-driven innovation processes;
Strengthening capabilities to interpret socio-technological trends, consumer insights and narratives;
Industrially relevant transferable skills necessary for innovation management and product development;
Enhance creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving, communication and collaboration (21st-century skills).
Working in small interdisciplinary teams, during this hackathon students will share their existing knowledge and skills and learn from each other.