R. U. Hacking? (Reading University Hacking) is the Technology society at the University of Reading. We are proud to present our fourth annual 24-hour student hackathon, welcoming students from all over the UK and EU!

Whether you're completely new to programming or are a seasoned hackathon veteran, you are welcome to join us in this fun and collaborative invention marathon! There are lots of prizes to be won so come along and get involved - beginners welcome!

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£1,864 in prizes
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1st Overall: Nintedo Switches

Each member will receive a Nintendo Switch

2nd Overall: 8GB Raspberry Pi's with 64GB SD Card

Each member will received an 8GB Raspberry Pi and a 64GB SD card alongside.

3rd Overall: JBL Wireless earbuds

Each member will receive their own pair of Wireless JBL earbuds

Code Wizards

Create a game that changes depending on how
many people are concurrently playing it

Most innovative game changing dynamic
Most fun and engaging user experience (can be based on an existing game)
Best structured presentation of code and solution to the panel

Zebra Technologies

Our challenge is centred around the WS50, which we discussed above. You can pick any of the following challenges:
Create an application that runs on the WS50
Create a storyboard / mock-up of an application that could run on the WS50
The application you create should meet a use-case for one of the following sectors:
Transport & Logistics
Retail / Hospitality
Continue reading to learn more about the use-cases in each of these sectors.

The winners of the challenge will each receive one ticket to Droidcon London on October 27th & 28th.
The runners up of the challenge will each receive on Arduino kit

IP Integration (2)

We would expect the solution to be fully functional - so you can dial the telephone number and exercise all the options provided.
We will be looking for innovation and imagination in what information is provided and how complex the web service is (how many sites it collects data from and how much manipulation it is having to do to parse the data).

The best solution will win a £100 Amazon voucher and 2nd place a £50 Amazon voucher.

British Computing Society

Shape the Future

Health and Care

Technology for Seniors

[Hackathons UK] Hackiest Hack

Build something that’s over-the-top, over-engineered, and held together with metaphorical Sellotape and API-flavoured bits of string… use your imagination!

[MLH] Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

[MLH] Best Hack for Social Good by BlackRock

Now is your chance to put your creativity to the test and build the most socially conscious hack for the greater good. Use technology to tackle problems like world hunger, poverty or pollution and earn a chance to win some awesome prizes, courtesy of BlackRock.

[MLH] Best Use of DeSo
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DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While blockchains like Avalanche or Solana cost $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and/or implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at Bithunt.com as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

[MLH] Dream Big and Create More Cheers with AB InBev

AB InBev is all about bringing people together and creating more cheers for a better world! Using whatever tools, hardware and/or software at your disposal, build a hack that leads us into a brighter future for a chance to win some amazing prizes for you and your team.

Remember, AB inBev is looking for innovative projects that can possibly change the world in a positive way! We can't wait to see what you come up with.

[MLH] Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

[MLH] Best use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, All US residents that submit CockroachDB enabled projects will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

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Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

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