Welcome to Hack the Burgh—the hackathon beyond the wall— we're back for the fifth time!

Hack the Burgh is open to students from all over the world who are atleast 18 years old of age and are physically attending the hackathon in the Informatics Forum.


Hack the Burgh is open exclusively to those who are participating in this hackathon in Edinburgh.

All hackers should have a ticket on our website and should have checked in at arrival.

To be eligible to win challenges you must have a team size less than or equal to 4.

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Overall Hack - First Prize

23andme kits

Best Overall Hack - Second Prize

Xiaomi Mi Band 3s

Best Overall Hack - Third Prize

Cracking the Coding Interview books

BlackRock - Best Financial Hack

Build the best financial hack!

ARM Challenge

Make something bizarre, amusing, or useless using ARM tech. Runner-up prizes for the most bizarre, most amusing, or most useless.

Nexmo Challenge

Build an accessible voice application using the Nexmo Voice API. The prize is four NanoLeaf light panels

Squarepoint Challenge

Build a poker bot to play our own version of poker! Win an amazon voucher!

JP Morgan Challenge

Build a hack for empowering minority entrepreneurs!

Craneware Challenge (3)

Make a creative and innovative festival to create the perfect Edinburgh Festival Experience!

Connected Energy Challenge

Make something to help reduce your carbon footprint. Win a subscription to Wired magazine.

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Snap Kit Prize

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a Casio Calculator Watch

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Don Sannella

Don Sannella
Professor of Computer Science & Member of Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science

Michael Rovatsos

Michael Rovatsos
Director of Bayes Centre

Judging Criteria

  • Tech
  • Creativity
  • Polish

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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