It's time to go back to basics with 101.

From the 18th to the 19th of January 2020, Cambridge University’s annual hackathon will yet again bring together 300 hackers, programmers, designers and more from universities all over the world.
For 24 hours they will build, break and innovate to produce projects that push the boundaries of technology.



In order to be eligible for Hack Cambridge 101, you must be over 18 years old, and a student at any school or university. You are also eligible if you were still a student after the 18th of January 2019.

Teams can include up to 4 people.


When submitting your project, please make sure that any work done prior to the event, or external libraries/codebases/APIs which are used in your project are declared clearly.

Submission requirements for sponsors' prizes will vary but there are no restrictions to be eligible for the overall Hack Cambridge 101 prizes.

Hackathon Sponsors


£1,402 in prizes

Hack Cambridge 1st Place

The team judged to have produced the most innovative, technically challenging and well-designed project.

Prizes: A unique Hack Cambridge trophy as well as Holy Stone drones for each team member.

Hack Cambridge: 2nd Place

Runners up.

Prizes: Arduino Starter Kits for each team member

Hack Cambridge 3rd Place

Runners Up.

Prizes: Google nest mini for each team member.

Hack Cambridge People's Choice

Do you have what it takes to impress your fellow hackers?
The prize is a copy of Secret Hitler for each team member.

BlackRock Challenge

At BlackRock, we aspire to be industry leaders in how we incorporate sustainability into our investment solutions. We use ESG metrics (which is the practice of incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance information) to drive our investment decisions which ensure we are hitting the sustainability goals of our clients. We also like to encourage our employees to be more sustainable in their day-to-day lives too. For example, reducing travel related emissions, using renewable energy for our global operations and even getting our employees to stop using single use coffee cups! Every step counts to help reduce climate change.

The goal of our challenge is to create any hack that is Climate Driven. This could be the analysis of ESG metrics towards investment decisions, or just helping the average person reduce their carbon footprint. You can win Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless headphones AND a tree planted on your behalf via Treedom

Avast Challenge

Avast invites you to take on our challenge!
We would like you to write a game for Avast Secure Browser, taking the theme of "101" and adding a pinch of "security" or "privacy".
The game should be playable when the browser is offline, so we're looking for something that a player can engage with quickly and then enjoy for as long as they like. Each team member can win a Nintendo Switch and a chance to be considered for a paid internship at Avast’s London office!

Microsoft: Hack For Good

Details TBC

$1,000 USD to be donated to an approved charity of their choice to support our joint initiative – social good! In addition, Surface Go’s plus keyboards will be given to each team member!

Reply Challenge

Focusing on sustainability and our environment to guarantee a greener and healthier world, Green IoT can help us to make the world a better place. We at Reply believe that the Internet of Things could help us to fight climate change and to give our grandchildren the chance to enjoy living on this planet. That's exactly why we are challenging you today to unleash your creativity and inspiration. Now it's up to you to prove that with the Internet of Things we can overcome the gretast challenge in human history. Think about using IoT to help with reducing greenhouse gas emissions, engage the usage of renewable energy, or improve energy efficiency. You could even target a sustainable smart world by reducing the energy consumption of IoT devices. There are no limits to your creativity! You can win a pair of Dr. Dre Beats

Amazon: Teach Alexa to Teach the Basics

Think big and leverage Alexa to teach people the ‘101' on any subject. Use your personal experience in education to build an Alexa Skill that helps learners to get to grips with a subject of your choice. Whether it be for primary school children or university finalists, your skill should empower people to learn and be curious.

You can win an Echo Dot and some Echo Buds

Huawei Challenge

AI technology is changing many industries, can our hackers help more changes to come? We'd like to see projects tackling more problems using AI. Each team member will receive Huawei Freebuds 3

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: Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

MLH: Best Domain Registered with 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 for their project this weekend! Each winning team member will receive a backpack

MLH: Best MongoDB Hack

Utilize MongoDB in your Hack in a cool and interesting way, and your whole team can win some MongoDB-branded wireless charging docks!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr Robert Mullins

Dr Robert Mullins
University of Cambridge

Dr Anil Madhavapeddy

Dr Anil Madhavapeddy
University of Cambridge

David Reti

David Reti

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    At Hack Cambridge, we love to see things that we've never seen before. Whether it's a new use of an existing technology or maybe something entirely new, we want to see something that breaks boundaries.
  • Technical Excellence
    Good projects don't just materialize out of thin air. They require hard work and dedication and we want to see you really stretch the limits of what you are capable of.
  • Polish
    Getting a project completed in time for a hackathon deadline can be a real scramble. However, we want to see something that's slick and well polished. If it weren't for the context, you would think it would have taken weeks or even months to build!

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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