About the Royal Hackaway v7

Royal Holloway's seventh annual hackathon is open to students from all around the world. In this two-day hackathon, you'll work as a team to build a project. You'll pick up new skills, try out new tech, and meet new people.

Requirements

What to Build

A cool unique project built by you and your team!

What to Submit

A link to a public GitHub repository with your project and a video showing it off!

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Prizes

£800 in prizes

1st Place

Cricklewood Electronics Arduino Kit and an MLH Winner pin each as well as a £100 voucher split amongst your team!

2nd Place

A Raspberry Pi Pico Kit and an MLH Winner pin per person!

3rd Place

An Arduino Uno kit and an MLH Winner pin per person!

Best Use of Auth0

Wireless Headphones & Battery Pack
Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Auth0 is free to try, doesn’t require a credit card, and allows for up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today and use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win a pair of wireless headphones and a battery pack for you and each member of your team!

Best Use of MATLAB

Wireless YoYo Speaker
MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Best Use of Starknet

Starknet Care Package for Coders
Starknet is redefining the very notion of Web3 by tackling one of the most intimidating technical challenges in the industry - scaling a blockchain while maintaining its security and decentralization.

Starknet was the first general purpose ZK-Rollup service on Ethereum in Feb. 2022, and has proved its potential to be a market leader. Essentially, it increases the processing speed, while reducing the cost of operating on the Ethereum blockchain.

As a result, we are seeing a variety of “traditional” tech businesses - payments / social media / AI / online gaming - now being integrated with blockchains using our technology.

Moreover, the Starknet community is a growing pool of global talent - from feisty college students to some of the most illustrious PhDs in the world.

Best Use of Taipy

Wireless Headphones
Taipy is a powerful yet easy to use open-source Python library for creating full stack web applications! If you’re a Python developer, this library enables you to build interactive and dynamic graphical user interfaces and support them with data-driven backends. All of these functionalities are just a pip install taipy away and can cut your development time in half! Use Taipy in your hackathon project for a chance to win a set of Wireless Headphones for you and each of your team members, as well as a chance to have your project featured on the Taipy website!

Most Creative Use of Redis Cloud

Libre Mini Computer with Redis Stack Server Pre-Installed
Redis Cloud is the easiest way to build and scale real-time applications - Period! It includes Redis Stack, adding indexing, querying, full-text search, JSON, time-series, and probabilistic data structures to the already-rich set of features of Redis.

Redis Stack works with all of your favorite programming languages and can be added to any existing application. It’s the easiest way to build real-time applications that scale and perform.

Show us how you’ve used Redis Cloud in a way that showcases your unique and specific data structure needs and each member of your team could win a personal, portable Redis Stack server IOT hardware unit to keep developing on the go. Find out why Stack Overflow Developers have voted Redis their “most loved and admired” noSQL database for years-running by rolling Redis into your MLH Hackathon project.

Sign up for your free Redis Cloud account, and head over to the MLH jump off page on Redis University for more info and docs links. Enter coupon code MLHFall2023 to claim your Redis Cloud credits and get started for free!

Best Use of Circle

Circle Branded Hardware Wallet
With Circle, you can embed secure wallets into your app in just minutes. Circle Web3 wallets are compatible with multiple blockchains and are supported by over a dozen programming language SDKs. Circle’s programmable wallets will enable you to add secure transactions to your hackathon project using RESTful APIs, with options for both user and developer controlled transactions. If your hackathon idea involves in-app purchases, user to user payments, app to user payments, or all of the above, integrating Circle programmable wallets to your Web2 or Web3 tech-stack may be the perfect solution.

Sign up for a developer account and start using Circle’s APIs today, for a chance to win a Circle Branded Hardware Wallet for you and each of your teammates!

Hackiest Hack

Build something over the top, over engineered, or held together with tape and string. Use your imagination!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Zakariya Khaled

Zakariya Khaled
Royal Hackaway

Joseph Beck

Joseph Beck
Royal Hackaway

Abdi Awil

Abdi Awil
Royal Hackaway

Charley Roberts

Charley Roberts
Royal Hackaway

Natan Wojcik

Natan Wojcik
Royal Hackaway

Jacob Padley

Jacob Padley
Royal Hackaway

Artem Eliseev

Artem Eliseev
Royal Hackaway

Sinan Iqbal

Sinan Iqbal
Royal Hackaway

Ole Watherson

Ole Watherson
Royal Hackaway

Major League Hacking

Major League Hacking

Judging Criteria

  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Originality
    Has this project been done before at hackathons in the past? How creative is their project in solving the problem at hand?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?

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