It’s impossible, or at the very least, unwise, to think imagine growth in any industry these days without factoring in the role of technology. Fashion is certainly no exception. In fact, between the influencers on social media, and the desire of consumers to have discounts and purchasing options at their fingertips at all times, technology is quickly becoming a critical aspect of the industry. That is what makes the upcoming Fashion Hackathon rather intriguing.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a hackathon is typically a fun, but intense event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and sometimes subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on technology-based projects. They are intended to provide an environment to learn, explore, and engage, and to complete a project with a set amount of time.

For Detroit’s first fashion hackathon, the subject-matter-experts may include creators, designers, developers, data enthusiasts, and anyone who is passionate about fashion. Organized teams or individuals may sign up.  Teams will have access to industry experts and mentors to help them move a concept from ideation to prototype.

The event takes place over a 36-hour weekend Friday April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology at 4219 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Winning teams will be eligible for over $1000+ in cash and in-kind prizes with access to the city’s best mentors and industry experts.

For more detailed information about the event and supporting companies, visit the website at

Author: Lisa Diggs

Lisa Diggs is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, business consultant, avid traveler, and founder of The Catalyst Company, LLC, Michigan Positivity Project, and Buy Michigan Now.