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Join us from 17th–18th November 2018 at the Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, UK for the third edition of DurHack. This year, 150 hackers from Durham and around the world will be pushing the boundaries of technology to new limits.

Last year, we brought students together from numerous universities, to create projects like a waiter Alexa skill for ordering food at a restaurant, a traffic simulation using Java and node.js, and a Google Maps heatmap showing the safest routes home after a night out.

Make sure to check out DurHack 2017’s photos and submissions!

For general enquiries, email hello@durhack.com.


To be eligible to participate in DurHack 2018, you need to be at least 18 years old, and a current registered student. You may also participate if you graduated on or after 18th November 2017 (i.e. one year before DurHack 2018).

Teams can be a maximum size of four in order to be eligible for prizes.


When submitting your project, please make sure that you do not use any code from prior to the event. Please also clearly declare any external libraries / codebases / APIs which you use in your project.

Submissions for sponsors' prizes may vary, but there are no restrictions to be eligible for the general DurHack prizes.

Hackathon Sponsors


£3,894 in prizes

General Prize (Winner)

Portable Monitor 13.3" FHD IPS Ultrathin with Loudspeakers

General Prize (Runner-Up)

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen), Charcoal Fabric

Hackiest Hack

Portable Foldable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

Most Ambitious Hack

RED5-Light Up Message Fan

Funniest Hack

Giant Enter Key

(Durham County Council) Durham Data

Google Home Mini

(TPP) TPP Data Challenge

Raspberry Pi with Touchscreen

(GitHub) Best Developer Tools

Coupons to https://shop.github.com

Entrepreneurs Durham Prize

Fast track onto their business accelerator programme

(Bloomberg) Best Use of Tech

(MLH) Best use of Algolia

Use Algolia's search API in your project. Each winning team member will receive a Casio Calculator Watch.

(MLH) Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

(MLH) Best Octocat Drawing

Draw a picture of the GitHub Octocat. Tweet a picture of your drawing at @GitHubEducation with both the hackathon's hastag and #MyOctocat. The winner at each event will receive an Octocat Statue.

(MLH) Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at https://cloud.google.com/products/. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

(MLH) Best use of HERE.com

Use HERE.com's mapping API or SDK in your project to receive hacker gear & swag from HERE.com

(MLH) Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

(MLH Post-Event) Best use of the Cisco Webex Teams API

Use the Webex Teams API or mobile SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend. Each member of the winning team will receive a power bank.

(MLH Post-Event) Best use of Clarifai's API

Use Clarifai's image or video recognition API or SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

(MLH Post-Event) Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Use Snap Kit in your hack. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend and top entries will be reviewed by Snap engineers. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

DurHack 2018 is open to anybody who has signed up at durhack.com.




Judging Criteria

  • TBC

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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