Thanks for joining us in our first 24 hour hackathon!

This hackathon was organised by the student-led R. U. Hacking? society here at the University of Reading in association with the lovely people over at RUCES (Reading Computing & Engineering Society).
Spring 2018 was our first 24 hour hackathon organised at Reading University, with prior 6 hour taster sessions running over the past two years.

The hackathon was run across the weekend which offered students the chance to split into groups, brainstorm project ideas, and create working prototypes before the time limit was up! On Sunday afternoon teams presented their work and prizes were awarded based on the commitee's decisions.

Whether it's their first hackathon, or their 50th, we welcomed students of all skill levels and from all universities to come along for a weekend of creativity, collaboration and code.

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As BrumHack best describes it, it's an "invention marathon".
Amongst the computing community, to hack is to build in as short a time as possible with no thought given to long-term maintenance, simply to demonstrate an idea or play around with a new technology.

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What you'll need

Whether you're a grizzled veteran in coding or just a beginner, all you'll need at the event is an attitude to get things done. It is a Hackathon so any tech you wish to use in your development go without saying. Oh, a sleeping bag and a pillow also help if you're planning on sleeping during the event!
There will be plenty of people to network with during the event, so you can arrange a team up to 4 people before or during the event!

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Welcome to Reading!

Situated at the heart of Thames Valley, the University of Reading has close ties to industry thanks to it being close to the M4. This is known as the “Silicon Valley” of the UK due to the vast number of technology companies that have setup their headquarters here.
The University is very invested in innovation, homing the Thames Valley Science Park, home to Reading Enterprise Centre and the Science & Technology Centre.

And best of all - it's all free!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors, students don't have to spend anything to attend our events!
Better yet, some of the companies will be attending the event offering help, hosting workshops and potentially recruiting for their various internship and graduate roles!

  • Google Developer Group

  • British Computer Society

  • GCS UK

  • Think Engineer

  • GitHub

  • Google

  • Sage People

  • KPMG

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