We like to spread the word about fun tech events in the SW area. Did you know that between the 14th and 15th November, the University of Bath Computer Science Society hosted its very first 24 hour hackathon? Organised by Max Maybury, Ashton Clapp and Steven Borrie, all final year Computer Science students, the event was part of the Major League Hacking Europe Fall Season.
If you don’t quite understand what a hackathon all about, it is typically a planned event in which computer programmers and software / hardware developers work together on a variety of coding projects. Examples may include projects to help people in crisis after a terrorist attack, online games, ecommerce marketplaces and even fun projects such as a Nerf gun turret.
80 students participated in the hackathon and they were split into teams of 2 to 4 people, each from a from a variety of different backgrounds and universities such as University of Bath, King’s College London, Birmingham City University and Cardiff University. The participants coded from 12pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday, with little or no sleep!
Judges for the hackathon included Tom Robertshaw from Meanbee, Sunil Pardasanim, the BCS Wiltshire Education Liaison, Tim Fogarty from MLH and Fabio Nemetz from the University of Bath Computer Science Department. They had hard decisions to make but the results are as follows:
1st Place – Twitch Solves Sudoku
2nd Place – Dicode
3rd Place – Blocks
Best Hardware Hack sponsored by AlphaSights – Nerftert
Best Speaker – Kyle Selman
The event was supported and championed by several sponsors including Netcraft, Techex, Storm, Rocketmakers, Meanbee, AlphaSights, Red Bull, BCS, Microsoft and of course, Gradwell! Food and drinks were provided and the weekend was fun for all.