Thanks for another great year of Royal Hackaway!
Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th of January 2024
Windsor Building, Royal Holloway, University of London
Royal Hackaway is Royal Holloway's annual hackathon, open to university students from the UK and around the world! Spend the 24 hours as a team working together on a project, attend any of our workshops, talks or mini-events, and work together to create the coolest project!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Hackathon?
Hackathons are programming competitions where people work in teams to make a project over a 24 hour event. The overall winner will be the 'coolest project', but keep an eye out for sub-categories your team could compete in too, or just make a project for fun!
Who can attend?
Anyone who is 18+ and is a current student or has graduated in the past six months.
How much does it cost?
£0 and your weekend. Royal Hackaway is free to attend, thanks to all the support provided by our sponsors!
Can I start before I join?
Absolutely not! While you can explore ideas, you cannot start implementing your project before the specified time.
Can I go home overnight / leave early?
The short answer is yes! If you have a hotel room booked or you need to leave for any reason, please make sure you check-out and check back in when you return. This is for fire safety and accountability reasons.
I have additional requirements or accessibility needs, is the event suitable for me?
The venue is wheelchair accessible and has disabled toilets. There are gender neutral toilets in the library which is next door. There will be a quieter hacking room available for individuals or teams who require a calmer space to work, where noise must be kept low, and you're welcome to skip any events in the main auditorium or workshops if you don't feel comfortable in large or busy spaces. If you have any questions, feel free to message any hackaway staff on our discord server! You can also find out more information about the Windsor building here: https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/windsor-building
Do I have to be studying Computer Science?
Nope! Although doing Computer Science or knowing how to code helps, it is not required.
Do I need to come with a team?
If you don't have a team in mind before you come, you can make a team when you arrive, so no pressure! Just note that team sizes are limited to a maximum of four hackers per team.
Who owns my project?
All code is owned by you and your team members! We recommend putting your project on GitHub, and making it open source.
Got another question?Join our Discord!
Meet the Team!
Charity and Welfare Director
First Year Rep
|Saturday 27th - Day 1
Open doors to hackers!
Bring along your tickets and laptops.
💻 Hacking starts 💻
Sociable Code Workshop with HackathonsUK
GitHub Copilot Workshop with MLH
Embedded Programming Workshop with RHUL Makers' Society
Learn how to program microcontrollers with Arduino!
Symbolic AI: Declarative Programming with PDDL
Wikipedia Races (MLH)
Cup Stacking (HackathonsUK)
Dinner (Pizza) 🍕
Taskmaster (ft. Prof. Dave Cohen)
Taskmaster Compete in teams to perform a series of bizzare tasks. (As seen on TV!)
This year we're featuring the legendary Dave Cohen as our Taskmaster!
Pub Quiz 🍺
Carrot in a Box 🥕📦❓
A game of wits and bluffing to see if you can trick the other person into getting the carrot within your box.
|Sunday 28th - Day 2
Deliver improvised Microsoft™ PowerPoint™ presentations with slides you've never seen before!
🏓 Last Minute Table Tennis 🏓hi royce
Relax and decompress with some table tennis!
🛑 Hacking ends 🛑
Spend the hour uploading your work onto DevPost and setting up your desk for people to see/judge your work at the Project Fair.
🎪 Project Fair 🎪
Show off your project in a "Science Fair"-esque like display to all the judges and volunteers that come around!
🧹 Cleanup Time 🗑️
Clean up, tidy up, pack up - We're about to decide who wins Royal Hackaway!
🏆 Winners announced 🏆
End of Hackathon