What is this about?

On the 20th and the 21st of January 2018, Cambridge University is conducting its annual hackathon, and will yet again bring together 300 hackers, programmers, designers and more from universities all over the world. It's a 24 hour hackathon, where the hackers will break and innovate to produce projects that push the boundaries of technology.

Learn more about this in their official website at HackCambridge.

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Sponsors?

Yep, there are four tiers of sponsors, pouring in enormous money for the goodies and food.

Tera Sponsors

  • Cambridge Consultants
  • Impropable
  • Microsoft
  • Sophos

Giga Sponsors

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • ARK
  • Avast
  • Google
  • TPP
  • Cisco

Mega Sponsors

  • Arista Networks
  • ARM
  • Droit Financial Technologies
  • Facebook
  • Featurespace
  • Man AHL
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Cambridge Medical Robotics

Kilo Sponsors

  • DataScope
  • DisplayLink
  • HighRise

Social Media

The official twitter account is @Hack_Cambridge and the hashtags are #HackCambridge and #Ternary. Here's a live tweet deck for you:

Glimpses from the event!

The room is filled with almost 300+ hackers from all over the world.

The room is filled with almost 300+ hackers from all over the world.

Finally got a chance to meet the HackGirl!

Finally got a chance to meet the HackGirl

Different sponsors demonstrating their products and new upcoming technologies they are working on. Here's Microsoft demoing their upcoming Cognitive Services.

Here is Microsoft demoing their upcoming Cognitive Services

The good news is, the venue is also providing us sponsors with free Vegan Food! Something that's hard for a vegetarian like me to find in England. And yes, it was awesome!

Free Vegan Food

And a group picture with the company team I work for.

Accenture Team Picture

A lot of it coming up soon...

Goodies

I would urge students and my fellow people to go and check out Hackthons. Well, I do because I have learn a lot in the process. Think about the submissions and you will know how people think out of the box to achieve something that's not even achievable. That's one of the primary reasons I would ask people to go.

Our team giving out prizes

The people we chose were the ones who dynamically detect the faces from a real time video, apply math and complex algorithms, use Microsoft's Cognitive and Emotion APIs and then get the information about the speaker, if they are sweating. We chose to give away an Amazon Echo for each person in the team to recognise them in:

  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Complexity

Other than the above stuff, I keep telling people that the food is only the important thing in the world than anything. Literally anything. But there's more that I would say. Goodies! Check out my takeaway this time!

Takeaway from the event

So yeah, there are loads of Hackathons coming around. So happy Hacking! 😋