Due to a low number of registrants we have made the unfortunate decision to postpone the event until the spring semester. Our goal in postponing is to gain more interest and take a deeper look at how to facilitate the competition. We hope you will consider participating in the future.

Shock This Space!

A Wichita State Hackathon

October 7 - 8, 2021

24 Hours | 7 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Location: This event is tentatively scheduled to take place in the John Bardo Center and may move to a virtual platform through Zoom. Registered teams will be notified of the confirmed location.

About the Hack

Students will work alone or in teams to participate in a 24-hour competition to create a comic or short graphic narrative around the topic of accessibility. During the hack, students will write, design, and present their stories. Stories can include explaining what accessibility is, why it is important, how it is achieved, problems achieving it on a college campus, or why it benefits everyone.

The winning individual or team will receive a $500 cash award.


Project Expectations

  • Narratives must be completed within the scope of the competition. Any unfinished narratives may be submitted and may be worked on after the competition for inclusion on the completed Shock This Space! App, but will be judged in whatever form they are submitted in at the end of the competition period.
  • Narratives should be relatively short, between 1-10 pages in length and have a minimum of 3 panels (or the equivalent for a single page).
  • Works may be in color or black and white.
  • These works may be hand-drawn or produced digitally using any available software. Hand-drawn works will be converted to digital format after the competition ends.
  • Works should be suitable for a general readership.
  • Works will be adapted into accessible formats at the end of the competition.
  • Students may consult other published and unpublished works for inspiration, but works submitted for the competition must be entirely original. Anyone plagiarizing existing works will not only be removed from consideration for prizes but will be subject to sanctions from Student Conduct.
  • The judge’s verdict on the winner will be final.


  • A cash award of $500 will go to the winning team or individual
  • Option to be published in Mikrokosmos at the discretion of the journal's staff and editors

Project Flow

Below is a tentative outline for the project flow of the Hackathon. Staff will touchbased with participants throughout the night but it is the responsibility of the individual/team to keep to the final timeline.

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Timeline Flow
7 p.m. (Thursday) Introduction of Project
7:30 p.m. Acessibility Stories
8:00 p.m. Basics of a Graphic Narrative
8:30 p.m. Idea Generation
11:00 p.m. Check-in
4:00 p.m. (Friday) Prepare to Present
5:30 p.m. Presentation
6:45 p.m. Awards

Registration is closed