Porticode is a 24-hour event run by UCLU Technology Society, where you'll be given all the workshops, tools, mentors and snacks you'll need to create new and interesting ideas. These kind of events are also known as hackathons, but don't worry! This isn't about hacking into banks or shops, but rather about creating something you think is interesting, life changing, or just plain ridiculous.

What can you make? As long as you can build it with the tech that we have available (as well as any you want to bring), and you can do it in one day, then it's fair game. Your project could be useful for the real world or it can have no use at all!

Once the 24 hours are over, you'll be given the opportunity to show off what you've done in a 'science fair' style setting, and also the chance to demonstrate your creation in front of other attendees. Also, during the weekend, we'll be holding mini-events and games, to give you a break from your projects.



Anyone currently studying at a university at undergraduate, postgradurate level, or a recent (less than one year since) graduate are all welcome to join us. You'll need to bring your student ID with you so we can check this.

Sadly we're unable to allow under-18s to attend Porticode, but keep following TechSoc on our social media pages, because we'll be running an event for young people in early 2017.

Team Size

Teams can be a maximum of four in order to be eligible for a prize. You can work in teams larger than four, but in this case you won't be entered to win a prize. 



Make sure your submission includes your table #.

Hackathon Sponsors


$709 in prizes


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment. Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Win a HackHarassment Swag Bag.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

1 TB Hard Drives

Funniest Hack

An idea centric category that adds a fun element to the competition, helping make Porticode accessible to all. If you made us laugh, you will be automatically considered for this prize.

Each member of the winning team of this category receives: Amazon Echo Dot

Hardware Hack

For the engineers out there who like to get their hands dirty. Best use of hardware will win this prize- we wanna see something cool!

Each member of the winning team for this category will win: Raspberry Pi 3

Innovative Hack

This is for the hack which has the best idea. If we can see that you have thought outside of the box, and can see that you've thought about who your hack can help.

Each member of the winning team receives: Kindle Fire

Polished Hack

This is for the best finished hack. It has been finished to a high standard, and many aspects of the project have been considered.

Each member of the winning team of this category receives: Kindle Fire Tablet

Porticode Prize

This is for our all-rounder, jack of all trades, true superstar of the Porticode weekend!

Each member of the winning team receives: Nintendo 2DS with MarioKart and Pokemon Sun/Moon!

Skyscanner API Prize

Skyscanner will be giving out £100 of Travel Vouchers to each member of the team with the best hack using Skyscanner API!

Bloomberg Best Tech Prize

Bloomberg will be giving out a prize to the team with the 'Best Tech'- make something exciting and interesting!

CapitalOne Prize

CapitalOne will be giving out some Arduino Boards and a mystery box to each member of the team they pick!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Slaviana Pavlovich

Slaviana Pavlovich

Mujavid Bukhari

Mujavid Bukhari

Jaromir Latal

Jaromir Latal

Reemma Muthal Puredath

Reemma Muthal Puredath

Arjun Khurana

Arjun Khurana

Kathy Jang

Kathy Jang

Sami Alabed

Sami Alabed

Marco Concetto Rudilosso

Marco Concetto Rudilosso

Faiz Abdul

Faiz Abdul

Dragos Popa

Dragos Popa

Judging Criteria

  • Execution
    Think about the execution of your project, and how you have implemented it. Good use of tools, and have pulled off a solid hack.
  • Creativity
    Don't stay inside the box all the time. Try to think of new ways to do things, new ideas, and new concepts!
  • Enthusiasm
    A hack is not a hack without a happy hacker! Be enthusiastic about what you have made- show everybody that you are here to stay!
  • Vision
    The world is your oyster! Think about who your idea could help, where it could work, and how it would work.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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