Recap: #FashionHack – Idea generation, designing and meeting people

On the evening of Tuesday 16th February 2016, Innovolvement hosted the ‘#FashionHack – Idea Generation’ session in Eldon Building’s learning area.  

Innovolvement has joined forces with Hack Pompey to bring you the #FashionHack, a project centred around using existing waste materials and technology, combining the two areas to create innovative designs. The purpose of combining the two themes is to bring together a diverse cluster of people and create a transdisciplinary environment.

Enterprise and Innovation Ambassadors for CCI, Joshua Herbert and Georgia Tolley, have set up Innovolvement, which seeks to encourage transdisciplinary engagement among students and academics of all levels, foster a culture of innovation and create a positive societal impact. The purpose of the briefing event was to start generating ideas and design processes, as well as being a chance to meet/network with one another.

Opening the session, Professor Joan Farrer, Associate Dean of Enterprise and Innovation, spoke about her experience in using waste materials, such as a school jumper created using unused plastic bottles and denim jeans. The interactive talk was well received by the attendees and got everyone thinking a little differently regarding the potential of waste products. This was followed by two students, Zac Colley and Ming Wu, who have been involved with previous hacks as a part of Hack Pompey, providing people with an idea of the possibility within a hack day as well as the general layout and feel of #FashionHack.

After the talks, a short activity saw people create some innovative designs such as a device for sourcing odd socks and a humidity detecting hair clip. It was fun way to get people thinking about how to combine waste materials and technology ahead of the hack day, which was held on Wednesday 2nd March in Eldon fashion studio. The hack took place between 1:00pm-8:00pm to provide people with as much time as possible to create their designs.

Innovolvement encouraged everyone and anyone to come and go as they pleased on the day. There was an opportunity to present designs at the end of the session as well as a social event to celebrate a successful day of hacking.

Students and staff from all backgrounds and levels were encouraged to engage with the #FashionHack.

 

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