1. Requirements & Other Judging Criteria

The goal is to create an event that furthers the mission of “supporting the overall foundation of innovation in Detroit”. The winning solution should be innovative, and it should address one or more of the problem statements presented to the teams on Friday, May 17 during the kick-off party. It’s not just about building a fashion-related idea, but about building a solution that’s relevant and brings value to the supporters of the event. In addition, the application must focus on a concept that the judges determine can be developed into a working product within the next six months. This means completeness won’t be as valuable as a strong idea. To assist the brainstorming process, registered teams will learn about some of the issues pivotal to the industry during the opening night happenings and throughout the weekend. The judges’ decisions are final and incontestable.

2. Team Formation & Submission Guidelines

All participants must register at detroitfashionhackathon.com. Individuals who don’t have an official team are welcome to register, and we will match you with a team that needs your skill set.

3. Coding Period & Submission Deadline

Each team must submit their application promptly by 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in order for the judges to review the submissions. The deadline will be strictly enforced, and teams must submit a working prototype. The Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon team will provide tools to allow the seamless upload of team submissions.

4. Programming Language & Technical Requirements

Teams can create solutions in the language they prefer.

5. Previous Design & Fresh Code

All back-end code must be new and coded on location during the competition. However, you are free to use APIs, open source libraries, previously built hardware, wireframes, and any design elements that support the prototype

6. Team Size

A team must consist of between 2 – 5 people. The maximum team number is five. If you are a free agent, we will ensure you are matched with a team. Team matches will be finalized at the end of opening night on Friday.

7. Presentations

Presentations will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019. You will have two minutes to present your idea to the panel of judges and then have a 60 second Q&A period. You’ll have access to a microphone, VGA cords, and projector to display your application. We want to see demos of your idea/application and a brief power point presentation. 

8. Photography & Video

By participating, all team members consent to their likeness and voice being recorded by video, audio, photographic, or other digital or electronic means, and to use your name in connections with these recordings and to use, reproduce, exhibit, or distribute these recordings in whole or in part in perpetuity in any and all media for any purpose the Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon, WHIM, MEDC (Pure Michigan Business Connect), and those acting pursuant to its authority deem appropriate. In addition, by participating you release the Detroit Fashion Hackathon and its agents from and against any and all claims, demands, causes of actions, actions, suits, costs, expenses, liabilities and damages whatsoever that you may have from liability for any violation of any personal or proprietary right you may have in connection with the previously mentioned use of your likeness, voice, or name in any medium. Also, all such recordings remain the property of WHIM, Detroit Fashion Hackathon, and the MEDC (Pure Michigan Business Connect).

9. Miscellaneous

The Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon team has the full and exclusive right to disqualify any team or team member for any reason, including (but not limited to) cheating, threatening, or harassing other participants, or otherwise violating either the letter or the spirit of the competition.