Hack the Burgh is one of Scotland's largest student run hackathons and we won't let apesky pandemic stop us! Hack the Burgh is special, not just for students at Edinburgh, but for the the many international participants we have every year. It is a general hackathon, where you can make what you want, with the technology you want! We always pose a series of interesting challanges, ranging from large-scale ideas to "the most wholesome hack"! As always, prices and swag will be provided!
This year we are going online, running the hackathon through Discord and a dedicated Twitch channel!


Any student can participate!
This is primarily a UK hackathon, but we are open to all countries!


Hackers will need to submit a github page for an original project, not using any major parts of previously made projects. They will also need to submit a short demonstration video.

Hackathon Sponsors


£4,520 in prizes

First Prize - Best of Show

The main prize of the show!

Second Prize

Third Prize

Third place in the hackathon will be awarded with a 4th generation Amazon echo dot for each team member.

BlackRock Challenge Prize

At BlackRock, our goal is to use technology to create better financial futures for our clients. We are dedicated to helping people build a more resilient future and putting the financial markets within the reach of all investors. Our iShares ETFs are revolutionizing what it means to be an investor by making it easier for anyone to access market opportunities anywhere in the world.

We challenge you to come up with ideas to help individuals understand the fundamentals of investing, thereby improving financial education and inclusion.

Your hack can take into consideration short-term and long-term financial planning or even extreme
scenarios such as protecting your assets from black swan events, such as a global pandemic. You can target any asset class you like.

Optiver Challenge Prize

Ready to test your problem-solving skills against genuine complexity in a fast-paced environment? It’s time to build a Python trading algorithm that outperforms all others on our proprietary virtual exchange Optibook. Experience the excitement of a real-world stock trading scenario in the safety of a simulated environment. The challenge is open to teams of up of 4 students and you’ll be shown how to develop a trading algorithm. Then it’s up to your team’s skills to optimise your creation and beat the competition. The winning team’s members will each take home a Nintendo Switch. Good luck and see you on Optibook!

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

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 Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

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 located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded Parkland backpack

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino compatible board. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Hackiest Hack

Build something that's over-the-top, over-engineered, and held together with Sellotape and bits of string... Use your imagination!

Most Wholesome Hack

Your goal is to develop something to bring us joy. We need anything to keep our spirits up nowadays, and we probably don't need to reiterate why. So let's use even the medium of software to transmit some warm fuzzy feelings to each other!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Lars Thalian Morstad

Aaron Osher

Aaron Osher
Major League Hacking

Lev Gubin

Sergey Denisov

Paul Horton

Paul Horton

Patrick Kage

Patrick Kage

Aaron Smothers

Aaron Smothers

Samuel MacLeod

Samuel MacLeod

Callum Donald

Callum Donald

Rokas Gudavicius

Rokas Gudavicius

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Sanyam Satia

Sanyam Satia

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? Exploration should be rewarded.

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