Fashion Hackathon

Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September 2013, during London Design Festival, the UK's major innovation festival, a group of scientists, artists, and designers took part in a hackathon.

This event took place at the Sackler Centre at the V&A Museum, London with an aim to imagine future fashions in a world adapting to changing climates.

Michael Saunby, Senior Scientific Software Engineer from the Met Office described a hackathon as "the ideal environment in which to bring together people from disparate disciplines to be inventive. Everyone is equal and all ideas are valued and acted on. I'm really looking forward to seeing what this really diverse group can create."

Professor Helen Storey MBE, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, at London College of Fashion said "when working with positivity on climate change you need both hope and fear in the room. By bringing climate scientists, technologists, fashion designers, thinkers and doers together in one space with a joint mission to apply wild and diverse human imagination to up to five key challenges, this will excite the now and inspire the future".

Climate Dress

The event was organised by the Met Office hackathon team, hosted by the V&A Museum London, and assisted by a diverse team of design and innovation experts. The challenges were created by the Met Office, Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion plus the University of Dundee Product Design Group.

Unlike past hackathons run by the Met Office full participation was not open to the public. Instead a group of approximately 30 invited specialists encouraged members of the public to contribute ideas and observe the process. There were numerous carefully designed challenges. Each mixed team of up to five participants took on a challenge for the weekend, producing a finished artefact such as clothing, jewellery, data visualisation or even a software app.

The public had opportunities to interact with the teams, exploring material that illustrates the challenges plus examples of earlier work by the participants. In addition there were a range of interesting displays from the participating organisations.

London Design Festival video from the V&A
London Design Festival video

Last updated: 27 January 2014