Hack with us!

Play a leading role in developing solutions to address the fast fashion crisis


Environmental Hackathon:


Fun innovating competitions, where students compete against their friends to design and develop technical solutions to our world’s pressing climate issues. A hackathon solution could be but is not limited to: software code, an engineering design, a public policy, a business plan, a community model, an art piece, a website.


Sat. March 13th 2021

11am EST - 3pm EST

Earth Hacks @ Smith is excited to partner with Earth Hacks and CITRUS magazine to present our inaugural mini hackathon, which you can participate in from the comfort of your own home!

Join us in finding equitable and sustainable solutions to the fast fashion crisis.  


20% of global wastewater is produced by the fashion industry

Fast fashion garment workers often face dangerous working conditions, forced and child labor, and lack a livable wage 

This industry is a major environmental and social hazard which needs to be addressed; that's where you come in.



Often times the complicated nature of the fast fashion crisis can feel overwhelming to individuals, and particularly students. We hope that this virtual hackathon gives you:

  • Adequate knowledge of the environmental and social impacts of  the fast fashion industry

  • Access to professionals in the fields of sustainability and textile innovation 

  • The creative space and resources to come up with environmental solutions


Tentative Schedule

March 13th 2021

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Opening remarks

Welcome from the team!

11:15 am - 2:35pm

Start hacking

Use Slack to form teams and begin brainstorming

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Boris le Montagner

(optional) An overview of the environmental impacts of the fashion industry & how individuals can take action

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

CITRUS Magazine

(optional) Facilitated discussion with CITRUS Magazine focused on injustice in the fast fashion industry

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Najah Onn

(Optional) An overview of the fast fashion supply chain, industry's waste waste problem and areas of disruption

2:35 pm - 2:55pm

Final presentations

Participants share their final projects

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing statement

Goodbye from the team!


Frequently Asked Questions


What is a mini hackathon?

Rather than lasting a full weekend, a mini hackathon runs on a condensed time frame. Our hackathon will run for 4 hours  and is designed to fit into your busy schedule!

Who can attend the Earth Hacks @ Smith event?

You must be 18 years or older, and must  adhere to Smith College's Code of Conduct. No prior background in coding, hacking, or project development is necessary - if you’re interested in the topic register here!

How long will this event last?

This event is programmed to last from 11am EST to 3pm EST only on March 13th 2021.

Do I need to have a background in coding?

Not at all! This event is open to anyone with or without a coding background- all that is required is an interest in addressing the fast fashion crisis!

Does Smith keep the rights to the projects developed?

No - you reserve the rights to the ideas you generate. There is no limit to the solutions you can propose and the rights are yours! We hope you will continue to develop your innovations following the event.

Are there prizes for the best solution?

This hackathon will be informally judged and solutions will be shared amongst the group at the end of the event. This event will not have prizes though we hope to have them in the future!