Citylabs 1.0 transformed by an army of student hackers

7th December 2015

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This weekend Manchester Science Partnerships hosted the Great Uni Hack, a hugely exciting event which saw Citylabs transformed by the arrival of 190 coders and hackers who set up camp across the whole site for two days of talks, meetups and hands-on hacking.

Now in its third year, GreatUniHack is organised jointly by tech societies from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University and attended by students from across the UK.

The centrepiece of the two-day event is a 24 hour hackathon where teams of up to four people work on one of the challenges set by the sponsors. There were prizes for the top three teams, as well as for those teams which could achieve certain objectives with their project, with a range that included:

-To build a game with a travel theme

-To hack something which will bring about social good

-To integrate the project with Amazon web services

The hackathon offered an opportunity for coders to demonstrate their creativity and come up with innovative solutions to a wide range of problems. Throughout the weekend they were ably supported by a range of experts from both industry and academia.

28 teams from across the UK entered and demoed their hacks, but it was ultimately a successful night for Manchester with teams from the University of Manchester winning most categories. A full list of the hacks which were submitted, and an opportunity to explore them, can be viewed here.

Sponsors of the GreatUniHack included Team Netsol, CDL Software, Bloomberg Microsoft and JustGiving, while the internet was provided by MSP-based Metronet. MSP were proud to host such a fantastic event and we hope to work closely with the organisers in the future.

To keep up to date with their work, follow GreatUniHack on Twitter @GreatUniHack.