What is Oxford Hack?  

Oxford Hack is the official Oxford student hackathon, where over 300 people gather every year to collaborate, innovate, learn and experiment while creating a project from scratch in 24 hours. We’ll give you all the resources you need, from hardware and APIs to workshops, sponsors and volunteers who can help you with whatever questions you might have. In a few words, you come here to have fun, learn about things you didn’t even know existed and see your ideas come to life.

What makes Oxford Hack special?  

Oxford Hack is an inclusive and encouraging event, providing a unique opportunity to hone your skills in any technical field you like. We don’t impose any restrictions on the product your team makes (as long as it’s related to computers!), so you can be as experimental or disciplined as you like. We’ve got a wonderful set of sponsors, who’ll be arranging their own prize categories and workshops.
Also, this is Oxford. The city’s alight with a creative, innovative and competitive buzz, which makes our hack electrifying. If that’s not good enough for you: We’ll be hacking in the Mathematical Institute, which has excellent facilities, open collaborative space, and marvelous architecture.

Can I participate in Oxford Hack?  

Students at all levels of study and age 18 and over are welcome to attend Oxford Hack.

Do I need to have a team beforehand?  

No - we’ll have some time before the start of the hackathon to meet everyone and make teams.

I already registered but I need to fix something, how can I change my application?  

Send us an email at signups@oxfordhack.co.uk and we'll sort it out for you.

Do I need to pay to participate?  

No - Oxford Hack is completely free to attend.

What do I need to bring?  

You'll need to bring a laptop (and charger), as well as a sleeping bag if you wish to use our sleeping area during the event. We will provide food and drinks, as well as all the technical support you need.

How do I get to Oxford Hack?  

You will need to make your own way to Oxford Hack - the Maths Institute is a 20 minute walk from Oxford train station, and there are plenty of buses and taxis available. We'll give more information about travel reimbursements closer to the event.

Will I be reimbursed for the travel costs?  

We will only offer reimbursements for people travelling from outside of Oxford, on a case by case basis. At this moment, we can't guarantee you will be reimbursed, but we're doing everything we can to help you get to Oxford Hack.

How many people can be in a team?  

You can have up to 4 people in a team.

Can I start working on my project before the event?  

No - because we want our event to be fair, everyone has the same starting line, so all projects have to be created from scratch during the 24 hours of the hackathon.

Can I volunteer to help out at the event?  

Yes! Volunteers are the driving force behind the event; we couldn't run it without them. A bit closer to the day we'll send out a call for volunteers, but if you're especially eager you can email the committee with a short application and we'll mark you down.

When will registrations close?  

Registrations will close at midnight on the 23rd of October.

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Have more questions? Contact us at committee@oxfordhack.co.uk.

This event is partnered with Major League Hacking. For more information you can view MLH's Code of Conduct, which you can find here.