On the weekend of October 19-20, young fashion designers had the opportunity to participate in a Fashion-Hackathon, organized for the first time at the ZIPhouse Center of Excellence.
Distributed randomly in 5 teams of 4-5 each, the participants creatively solved, for 24 hours, the task proposed by the organizers: developing clothing by recycling. It is worth mentioning that 18 of the 22 participants in the Hackathon were UTM students and graduates. In the end, each team presented the finished product, the moodboard and the project sketches.
The results were evaluated by a judging team formed of professionals in the production environment – well-known designers and brand managers, as well as representatives of the academic sector within three higher education institutions, which contribute to the training of specialists in the field of fashion design: Technical University of Moldova, Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts and UPS “I. Creangă”.
The criteria for judging the projects elaborated by the competing teams, were aimed at: matching the theme / the idea of the project; the usefulness of the product; the level of creativity / originality; the level of manufacture of the product; the presentation of the product by the team.
All the teams did an excellent job, carrying out interesting and creative projects, but the first place went to the Orange team, made up of students from years I-IV, specialized in Fashion Design, UTM: Otilia Mihailov, Ludmila Secher, Daniela Railean and Daniela Starinschi. In terms of awards, the winning team benefits from:
- subscription and free access to all ZIPhouse events for a period of 3 months from the moment of receiving the prize;
- 5 specialty books, offered by the contest partners, Cărturești Bookstore;
- 5 invitations to Moldova in Fashion Conference 2019, which will be held on November 16th, at Tekwill;
- voucher for purchases worth 5000 lei, prize offered by the partner of the hackathon – Fabric Studio.
The format of the project allows the consolidation of the collaboration platform between young creative people of the fashion world, the academia sphere and the production sphere, ZIP-Hackaton serving as a catalyst for the development of creativity and the building of new start-ups in the field.
This project was organized by the ZIPhouse Center of Excellence in Design and Technologies of the Technical University of Moldova, with the support of the Competitiveness Project from Moldova, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Sweden and funded by the UK with the support of the Government Great Britain.