This 2-day V.E.S.T. Hackathon event will bring industry members, students, and faculty together to redesign the safety vest so it better considers the needs of the construction community’s increasingly diverse workforce, where one size does not fit all. The traditional safety vest as currently designed isn’t right-sized, creating safety concerns on project sites. To ensure worker safety across the industry, significant changes need to be made.
The goal of the hackathon is to develop safety gear that acknowledges, is designed for, and provides safety for a variety of body types. This will create greater safety and inclusion on project sites. By the end of the two days, we hope to have two prototypes that can be further developed to field test. The event will also highlight student research, provide guidelines for vests, and create a collaborative space for industry members to work alongside students to develop better, safer, functional, and appropriate safety vests.