The hack from beyond the wall is back!

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!

View full rules


$1,200 in prizes

Main Prize

The main prize of the show.

Optiver Contest Prize

The winner of Optiver's challenge!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Any student over the age of 18 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.


Lars Thalian Morstad

Aaron Osher

Aaron Osher
Hackathons UK

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.