What is Durhack?
Durhack is a 24-hour MLH hackathon with a twist: focused on satellite data, our challenges are themed and aimed at improving our city.
Wait, what is a "hackathon"?
Don't worry, hackathons are completely legal, and don't involve breaking into any systems! They are really just playgrounds for inventors, tinkerers and coders: where people like you create and innovate. Once the 24 hours are up, you get to demonstrate
what you have built; and we've got awesome prizes for the best hacks!
But what if I can't code?
We want you to come along anyway! Regardless of what you think of your technical skills, we're absolutely sure you'll contribute loads! We've also got mentors at the event who are there specifically to help you turn your ideas into a reality. We will
be running technical workshops throughout the event, so, if you've always wanted to learn how to code, or if you want to see how technology can be applied to the real world, this is your perfect opportunity!
Can I come?
As long as you are over 18, and currently in full time education (yes, Postgraduates, too), we would love to see you at Durhack! Please bring your student ID to the event; they will be checked.
When and where will it be?
It's on the 9th and 10th of December, and will be held at the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, the Christopherson Building.
Help! I don't have a team!
That's okay! If you don't have a team, just take part in the icebreaker event at the start of the hack; there, you can pitch your ideas to others, or join another to help build a great idea. It's a great place to meet people, but if you're more of
a lone wolf, you're more than welcome to hack on your own, too!
What should I bring?
You'll need to bring your student ID, a laptop, any device you think you will need, chargers, and your creativity!
P/S: You could also bring a fresh set of clothes and a pillow, if you want to be more comfortable.
Wait, do I have to pay?
Not at all; Durhack is absolutely FREE! We are kindly funded by some awesome sponsors, and thanks to them, we can provide you with power, swag, and food, so you don't have to spend a penny once you're here. Unfortunately, we are not
able to provide any travel reimbursements at this time.
Count me in; how do I sign up?
You can reigster here! Our tickets are managed through Eventbrite.
Code of Conduct
We believe very strongly in creating a safe, welcoming space for our hackers, and we take our code of conduct extremely seriously. You are expected to abide by the MLH Code of Conduct at all times so make sure you've read it before the event. (Tl;dr because we know no one really reads the fine print: be nice.)
What if I have more questions?
We'll be happy to answer. Contact us by email at contactDurhack, ping us on
We'll get back to you as soon as possible.