Hack Cambridge 2018

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend yet another hackathon. This is my second MLH hackathon, with the previous one being Great Uni Hack 2017 in Manchester. Unlike at GUH however, I aimed to build something of value and challenge myself.

I was nervous at first, particularly because I was going alone and had no team. Fortunately, I met two other like-minded students and we immediately got along. Interestingly, we were all coming from different backgrounds and universities. One came from a computer engineering background, the other was more into high performance computing while I was coming from a service oriented/full stack development background. Nonetheless, we managed to work well as a team.

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Great Uni Hack 2017, Manchester

This article won’t be like my previous articles, but rather a few notes about my experience at my first proper Hackathon. I’ve been to (and won) programming competitions before, such as Game of Codes and Google Hash Code, however those were pretty intense and stressful. This time however, we decided to simply have fun and learn something new.

I teamed up with two of my course mates from the University of York, Sophie and Tasman, and attended the Great Uni Hack 2017. Quite possibly, we came up with the wackiest idea in the whole competition.

There were many prizes and competitions to target in the hackathon, each one from a different sponsor. We decided to focus on American Express’s competition, which was to make an innovative travel companion app.  Although we didn’t manage to win that prize, we did win the popularity prize.

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