Welcome to Hack the Burgh—the hackathon beyond the wall— we're back for the SIXTH 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 confirmation of acceptance and should have checked in with their valid government ID/university ID at arrival.

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

You must submit a project in order to be reimbursed.

Hackathon Sponsors


£5,850 in prizes

Best Overall Hack - First Prize

Holy Stone Foldable FPV Drones

Best Overall Hack - Second Prize

Fitbit Inspire HRs

Best Overall Hack - Third Prize

Google Nest Minis

BlackRock Challenge

Build something with climate change and sustainability at its heart. The winning team will be receiving BOSE wireless noise cancelling headphones for each member.

Barclays Challenge (2)

Build a ChatBot to better enhance a specific service in the banking industry and win Amazon Echo Dots!

Craneware Challenge

Create a procedurally generated game that consists of an algorithm with a set of rules to generate the environment and levels. Whenever the game is played, it should never be exactly the same! The team with the most consistent (i.e. playable every time), creatively designed, and fun game will be receiving a Mystery Box!

Skyscanner Challenge (2)

Create the most innovative solution to a real world problem that our travellers face, with a conscious focus on sustainability. The winning team members will each receive a pair of noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones!

Thought Machine Challenge (2)

Best Hack using the Vault API

Optiver Challenge (2)

Design your own trading algorithm! The algorithm will be judged based on performance, risk-reward balance, novelty and presentation.

First prize: JBL Charge 4 (1 for each member)

Second prize: JBL Go 2 (1 for each member)

AND Digital Challenge (3)

Hack Edinburgh Tourism Industry

First prize: Beats EP On-ear Headphones

Second prize: Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker

Most creative: £15 Amazon Gift Cards

Transloadit Challenge

The team with the best hack using the Transloadit API will receive £50 Amazon voucher per team member.

MLH: Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Nest Mini.

MLH: Best UiPath Automation Hack

Win limited Edition UiPath MLH Backpacks for each team member!

MLH: Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend! Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com backpack.

CompSoc Challenge (2)

Most Wholesome Hack

Prize: Marshall Wireless Headphones

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Stephen Gilmore

Stephen Gilmore
Professor in the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh and the chair of Software Systems Modelling

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson
Professor of Dependable Systems at Edinburgh

Murray Steele

Murray Steele
Systems Design Expert Technician

Robbie Jakob-Whitworth

Robbie Jakob-Whitworth
Hackathons UK Co-founder

Hiroshi Shimodaira

Hiroshi Shimodaira
Lecturer at The University of Edinburgh

Alan Savio Paul

Alan Savio Paul
Hack the Burgh Co-Director

Christine Friesen

Christine Friesen
Hack the Burgh

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How crazy is your idea?
  • Technicality
    How technically complex is your hack?
  • Impact
    How much change does it bring to people's lives and the world around us?
  • Presentation
    Will people understand it easily?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

Tell your friends

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.