13th-14th October 2017

24 Hour Hackathon at Thornton Science Park: Open to all University of Chester students


The Hackathon

The department of Computer Science are organising a 24 hour hackathon open to all students at the University of Chester.

Here's what you need to know:


When is it?

You will need to arrive between 16:30-17:00 on Friday 13th October. The event will end at around 17:30 on Saturday 14th October. For more information, please see our schedule.


Where is it?

The hackathon will take place on the ground floor of the Sutton building (TSU) at Thornton Science Park.


How much will it cost?

Our hackathon is 100% free! Meals, drinks and snacks will also be provided free of charge.


Will there be transport?

There will be free buses between Thornton and the main UoC campus on Friday afternoon and at the end of the event on Saturday. Please note that there will be no bus service over night.


What do I need to bring?

Bring your laptop if you have one, a phone and any chargers or extra hardware that you think might need. The Sutton lab computers will be available for your use. Bring some spare clothes and a sleeping bag if you think you might want a nap during the night. We provide all of the food and drink so you do not need to bring your own!


Do I need a team?

We encourage students to form teams on the day of the hackathon although planning a team in advance is also fine. There will be a team-building session before the hackathon which will give you the opportunity to meet other participants and to form teams before we start. Team sizes should consist of between 2-4 people.


I'm new to coding, is it for me?

Sure! Hackathons are for beginners. Help will be at hand from experienced mentors and your fellow students. We'll also be running talks and workshops where you will be able to learn new things and ask questions if you need help.


Where do I register?

Great, you made it! Head on down to the registration section for details on how to register for this year's HackThornton hackathon!


This schedule is provisional and is subject to change.

Friday 13th October 2017

17:00 - 17:15
17:15 - 18:00
Briefing and Team Building
Hackathon Starts
Ideas / Information Talks
23:30 - 0:00
Team Progress Report

Saturday 14th October 2017

Midnight Event and Snacks
08:00 - 09:00
10:30 - 11:00
UoC Open Day Tours
12:30 - 13:00
Team Progress Reports
Hackathon Ends
16:00 - 17:00
Team Presentations
17:00 - 17:30
Judges Decisions and Pack Up Time
Prize Giving and Farewell


The tracks for our hackathon include voice UI, virtual reality, gaming and innovation. If you have an idea of your own, enter the open track!


Voice UI Challenge

Build fun applications for voice input and response for hardware such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home etc. in our VUI challenge.


Virtual Reality Challenge

VR is coming of age and we want to get you to get involved with this disruptive technology to build novel applications during our hackathon.


Social Media Challenge

We are social beings and we share a lot of information online. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to filter what you want from the noise. Join the social media track to help people connect to the information that really matters to them.


Game Challenge

Calling all gamers! You have 24 hours to design and build a game with a theme that we will announce on the day.


Autichem Innovation Challenge

Get involved in a real-world engineering and programming challenge. This challenge is sponsored by Autichem, a company based on Thornton Science Park specialising in the design and manufacturing of new equipment and processes for the pharmaceutical, fine chemical and energy sectors.


Open Challenge

Got your own idea? Build it!


Our hackathon wouldn't have been possible without our great sponsors.


Innovation challenge and prize sponsor


Further sponsors TBC.

Registrations are now closed!

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