StacsHack is the Computing Society's annual inter-university hackathon, this time going to outer space!

What is a hackathon you ask?

It's the breeding ground of ideas: a bunch of interested, passionate and brilliant student developers get together for a weekend, they form teams of 2-4 people and spend their time learning about new and exciting technologies, building cool products, making new friends and competing against other teams!

We will provide the best possible environment for this, so you can fully focus on developing your idea:

We won't be leaving you hungry:
You will be provided FREE lunch, dinner and midnight snack on Saturday and both breakfast and the now traditional StACS HOG ROAST for lunch on Sunday!

Do you wish to learn about tech, but don't know where to start? We've got you covered:
We will have several talks during the event, delivered by our sponsors, as well as our own GitHub Campus Expert.

Do you have a team, but still looking for an idea?
No worries! We will have a fantastic team of both student and sponsor mentors to help you get started, or in fact any time you're stuck.

Is this your first event?
DON'T PANIC! Both the organising team and the participants are super helpful and will help you get started so that you can have the best hackathon experience.

Would you like to attend, but you don't have a team?
It's fine: many brave competitors come by themselves every year, looking to join others. So, in order to help you find teammates, straight after our opening ceremony, we will be holding an icebreaker event where you can discuss ideas with other lone hackers and partner up with them to form amazing teams!

Looking for a challenge?
Many of our sponsors will be providing challenges, and if you complete them you might win yourself fancy prizes! Also, these are a great way to start with your team if you're out of ideas.

Tickets will be released on EventBrite, on the following page:

There will be 2 batches:

Wednesday 22nd February - 2 pm
Friday 24th February - 2 pm

We will be running a 50-seater coach for participants from Edinburgh. Coach signups will be included in the ticket confirmation!

Our event is made possible by our 2017 sponsors: JP Morgan, Bloomberg, Amazon and GitHub.

Project showcase from StacsHack 2016:

Project showcase from StacsHack 2015:

Hackathon Sponsors


$479 in prizes

First place winner

Second place winner

Third place winner

JP Morgan prize

Bloomberg prize

Amazon prize

Github prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Steve Linton

Steve Linton
Head of School of the School of Computer Science

Chris Jefferson

Chris Jefferson
Lecturer at the School of Computer Science

Wessley McInroy

Wessley McInroy
JP Morgan Representative

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Theme matching

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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Hackathon sponsors

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