For Paris FashionTech Week in October, LA FABRIQUE school organized Hackamode 2017, hoping to challenge students and encourage creativity by promoting transversal relationships and the exchange of skills between several schools.
Students from the PSB Paris School of Business, Lisaa, ESCP Europe, ENSCI, Les Ateliers, IFM, ITESCIA, Novancia and CFA UPMC presented innovative solutions to problems given to them by professional coaches from businesses, start-ups and partner organizations – Avantex, Andreas Crews, Albance, Lectra, the Textile Industries Union, Fashion 3, Hubmode, Annick Jehanne – and the incubator from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris, where the event took place.
PSB’s Luxury & Fashion Management Degree was well represented during the event – Jules Mathers explains: “The fact that there are several different schools allows us to learn something different from each domain. A student from a fashion school can enlighten us about materials used by certain brands, whilst those from business schools will give insight on classic marketing techniques. It’s really interesting to work on concrete projects, and what’s more, we have the involvement of some major businesses.”
Eleonore Vagh Weinmann, a PSB Luxury Master’s degree student and member of the winning team that earned a prize of €1,000, tells us:
“This is my first time taking part in an event like this. Being able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and meeting the exceptional professional judging panel – including Nelly Rodi – really appealed to me. I was lucky enough to be part of a team where the cohesion and harmony was instant. I have learnt how to work on innovative topics as part of a team made up of 4 other students coming from various different domains, remaining motivated and concentrated despite the pressure of having to present our project in 3 minutes to an exceptional judging panel on the same day.
I put all the things I’ve learnt at PSB to good use, notably in terms of team management and oral presentation, making sure to distinguish our team as innovative and responding to international demand: I suggested to my team to do our presentation in English.
Winning 1st place was a huge surprise and a source of great pride for both my school and for myself. Once the oral presentations were finished and the prizes had been awarded, I was able to interact with some of the members of the judging panel. This was a very interesting experience which allowed me to expand my professional network.
Exchanging, meeting and working with people from different fields and cultures meant we could combine complementary skills and respond to a given subject by mixing fashion with innovation.
I’m now looking forward to a meeting with one of the prestigious members of the judging panel, who would like to develop our project.”