Are you a student developer with the skills to code a working product in just 24 hours, or would you like to be? If so, BathHack, the first ever hackathon to be held at the University of Bath, is for you!

Any student from any university can take part at the free two-day event (14-15 November), either individually or as part of a team. The object of a hackathon is to get people like computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development to collaborate together to make something from scratch in a set time period.

“Hackathons are useful for learning new languages as well as providing experiences to talk about in interviews”



We spoke to organiser Max Maybury (pictured right) to find out more about why he set up BathHack: “I have organised BathHack to try and get the University of Bath students involved in hackathons, and provide them with an opportunity that they wouldn’t normally have.”

Max knows the importance of hackathons for developers learning their trade and has big ambitions for the event: “I have been to around 15 hackathons now, and really enjoy competing in them, and it has been useful for learning new languages as well as providing experiences to talk about in interviews.

“I am hoping that through organising it this year, we can try and establish an annual hackathon at the university where we can hopefully build stronger relationships with companies involved with the university for placement opportunities and graduate roles.”

BathHack is already off to a good start: as well as luring over 100 participants from universities such as King’s College London, Cambridge University, and Reading University, BathHack has also attracted some impressive sponsors and partners both national and local. These include Major League Hacking, the national University hackathon league, Redbull and Bath-based companies like RocketmakersNetcraft, Meanbee, Gradwell and Storm.

The BathHack hackathon starts on the Saturday 14th September 2015 at 10:30am and finishes on Sunday 15th September 2015 at 3pm. You can sign up for it and see more info at the BathHack website.