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48h hackathon in the beautiful south of England. Come hack with us on your crazies ideas!

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Hack the South and Campus Hack are coming together this year for an online Hackathon!

Mighty hackers and tech lovers, the time has come to prove the world who's the best hacker in South England! This is the moment that all HackaSotoners have been waiting for since the beginning of the academic year. If you've attended a hackathon before, you know how much fun they are. If you haven't, come and we'll show you!

HackaSoton and ECSS are inviting you to the biggest hackathon of the year: Highfield Hack!

We're calling out for people with ingenious thinking, rockstar programming skills, curious beginners, designers, or even business heads, to join us for an entire weekend of hacking. Here's how it works: if you have an idea, you come over and pitch it to form a team; if you don't know what to work on, join others and lead your team to glory (i.e. winning the hackathon). If you're a pro, you'll surely find something challenging to work on. However, even if you're just starting or only know Java (hey, if that's what they teach at uni...) don't fear—people with no prior coding experience managed to deliver awesome results in past hackathons. We know, we know: "hacking" the world is not an easy job. We are very excited about this and we are expecting to see some amazing ideas come to life by the end of the hackathon. Our amazing Gold sponsor is American Express and our Bronze sponsors are BAE Systems and Proptee. We also have Future Worlds, HackathonsUK, Hack Productions, MLH and The University of Southampton on our side.

TICKET TYPES

  • Hacker: Participants who can code, design, build, hack, crack, or otherwise do everything they can to complete a project.
  • Designer: Participants whose main skillset is in design and would like to focus on that at the hackathon.
  • Entrepreneur: Participants whose main skillset is in business / entrepreneurship and would like to focus on that at the hackathon.
  • General Admission: Anyone who would like to see the final presentations on Sunday. This does not include participation at the event.

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There is more information on our website at highfieldhack.co.uk. For any questions please email us at hack@soton.ac.uk or society@ecs.soton.ac.uk. After you buy a ticket, we will send you regular reminders and more information closer to the event date.

FAQ

  • Q: What is a hackathon?A: During a hackathon, you have 24 to 48 hours to work with a small team on something new and exciting. You will compete with other teams, but in the end, everyone is a winner!
  • Q: What can I make?A: Anything! A website, an application or you can work with hardware as well! See below about hardware hacks.
  • Q: Does this cost money?A: Nope. It is completely free!
  • Q: Do I have to know how to code?A: No, as long as you want to work with others to help develop yours, or someone else’s idea! Generally, we need developers, designers and entrepreneurs.
  • Q: Can I do hardware hacks?A: Yes of course!
  • Q: Do I need to have a team to join?A: It's up to you if you'd like to form a team before or at the event. We're happy either way, in fact, it might be better for you if you already have a team as you'll already know each other.
  • Q: How big are the teams going to be?A: We'd like teams to have 4-6 participants.
  • Q: Are there any rules?A: To make sure everyone feels safe and welcome, all attendees, including hackers, volunteers, organizers, sponsors, judges, mentors and MLH staff are required to follow the MLH Code of Conduct. For any problems please contact the organisers.
  • Q: What are the judging criteria?A: Our judging criteria are Technical Innovation, Technical Difficulty, Design, Execution, Pitch.
  • Q: Do I have to be a student to attend?A: We only accept students, to keep the competition fair for all participants. You can still join if you've recently graduated or haven't gone to university yet but are 18 or over.

There are more FAQs on MLH's website.

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