9-10 December 2017
Durham University

What is a Hackathon?

A Data-Fueled Hackathon Experience

From the 9th to the 10th of December, with satellite data at your disposal, solve some of the challenges facing the city, and win prizes with your creativity! We'll supply you with mentoring, swag, drinks, and food -- everything you need to create something cool! (Yes, I purposely made those lines rhyme. I've always wanted to be a rapper.)


The Christopherson Building. Where the engineers make magic.
It's on the Science Site, next to the multicoloured, circular Calman Learning Centre.

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Durhack is organized by a committed team of students from the university, who are dedicated to making sure everything runs smoothly. Feel free to reach out to us on our Facebook here , or shoot us a tweet.

hackathon robot

The hackathon will be hosted here


Schedule with workshops to be confirmed

Day 1

Time Activity Location
10:00 Registration Engineering Entrance
11:00 Opening Presentation Lecture Hall E005
11:30 Teambuilding Session Lecture Hall E005
12:00 Lunch Higginson Cafe
13:00 Hacking Starts Everywhere
14:00 Git Workshop Lecture Hall E005
15:00 Workshop TBC Lecture Hall E005
16:00 Workshop TBC Lecture Hall E005
17:00 Workshop TBC Lecture Hall E005
18:00 Dinner Higginson Cafe
21:30 Cup Stacking Room TBC
00:00 Pizza! Higginson Cafe

Day 2

Time Activity Location
09:00 Breakfast Higginson Cafe
12:00 Lunch Higginson Cafe
13:00 Hacking Ends Everywhere
14:00 Team Pitching Lecture Hall E005
15:30 Prize Giving Lecture hall E005
16:00 End of event Everywhere


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 Facebook , or shoot us a tweet. -->We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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