Employer partners to be announced
We have students from numerous universities registered on our platform
Hackathons are events where people come together (physically or remotely!) and collaborate in small teams to come up with creative solutions to specific problems, within a set time limit. Traditionally, hackathons were all about coding or creating hardware/software, but the definition has changed to become more inclusive.
We will have exciting prizes worth thousands of pounds for all winners. Watch this space for more details. We will also offer all participants involved a Certificate.
Yes - participation is entirely free. All you will need is a computer/laptop and a half-decent internet connection.
UniHack is different from other, existing hackathons in a few ways. Firstly, the hackathon will involve students in multiple universities across the UK, allowing for a more diverse range of fellow participants, as well as the chance to connect with people outside your typical university bubble! Secondly, the themes of the various tracks have been selected specifically to tackle some of the most important issues and phenomena that will affect us all in the years to come. We will only solve these problems with the kind of innovation and entrepreneurship that this event aims to promote! This could be a chance to get involved in something that really makes a difference. And lastly, UniHack is entirely virtual! Powered by ProjectSet’s online collaborative tool, you will be able to discuss your ideas, receive guidance, present, and be judged - all from the comfort of your own home!
UniHack is an event for students and recent grads of any discipline and background - and that’s it! There are no other barriers to entry and absolutely no costs. The event aims to help university students and recent grads (having graduated in Summer 2019 or after) who are looking to gain experience, skills, and exposure to employers, in a time when internships and work experience opportunities are scarcer than they have been in recent years.
As well as being a fun way to connect with fellow students over relevant innovations, UniHack will be a fantastic way to boost your CV, especially in a time when the future of internships and work experience is a little uncertain! You will pick up key skills - including teamwork, communication, working to deadlines, thinking outside the box, compromising, working virtually, and self-management - all of which are amongst the top skills valued by employers! We will additionally be allowing employers to connect with star participants after the event, meaning this could be a great way to secure future opportunities with some of our great sponsors.
You need at least 2, and at most 5 people in your team. They may be enrolled in the same or in different universities. This is a great opportunity to team up with a group of peers and come up with awesome ideas, for a good cause - and get rewarded for it.
It’s simple and easy. Just select the option ‘Form my own team’ when you register for UniHack (registration will open in early Summer). You will be prompted to enter the email IDs of the other members of your team, and they will automatically be informed and connected to your team. In addition, if you select the option to ‘Allow applications’, other students registering on the platform can choose to join your team. This is a great way to connect with new people, or top-up a partly-staffed team! Once you have submitted your team, you will still be able to make changes right up until the sign-up deadline closes.
It’s simple to join a team, too! Just select the option ‘Join an existing team’ when you register for UniHack (registration will open in early Summer). You will be able to view the teams open to additional members, and view parts of the team members’ profiles. If interested, apply to join the team with just a click. You can apply to more than one team - however, you will be automatically assigned to the first team that accepts your application.
You can spend as much or as little time on the hackathon as you want to; it is entirely up to you and your team. We recommend you plan for a total of 10-15 hours over a 3-day period in Round-1 and a total of 20-30 hours over3 weeks in Round-2 (if your team qualifies). Of course, the more time you invest, the more people you will connect with and the more valuable your ideas and experience are likely to be.
Of course. You will have a mentor to guide your team as well as the opportunity to join several virtual tutorials during both rounds. In addition, we will organise optional sessions where a host of business and thought leaders will offer you valuable advice and tips. Finally, our team will be on hand to help you if you get stuck.
Of course, you can share and discuss ideas offline. At the same time, we encourage you to log all your key ideas on the platform to get the most benefit. Firstly, this will allow your mentors to see what you are working on and offer proper advice. Secondly, it will help the judges evaluate your work, notably on your collaboration and teamwork, which will be one of the judging criteria.
One of the advantages of virtual working is that some of the pressure is off! Presenting online is far less scary than in real life, plus you’ll be presenting alongside your teammates. If you’ve never presented before, or have had limited experience presenting at university, this could be a great opportunity to develop your skills.
The judging panel will be independent of the organiser and will comprise business leaders with strong knowledge and experience relating to the themes. They will review all submissions and offer feedback within a week. We will share the evaluation criteria with you during the onboarding session.
Please ask away! You can send questions at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org - if you make the subject title of your email ‘UniHack Student Query’ then we can get back to you even sooner.