King's societies host largest UK 'hackathon'

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On Saturday 22 February, King’s College London Tech Society, in partnership with King’s College London Business Club, hosted the largest student-run, inter-university hackathon in the UK – HackKing’s. Around 100 students from across the country attended the event where teams battled to think up, design and code innovative new apps in just 24 hours.

The event was the first of its kind to be held at the College and around 40 King’s students competed alongside teams from as far as the University of St Andrew’s. The ‘hackers’ built their apps from scratch for whichever platform they chose (for example web, mobile or tablet), showcasing their coding skills and creative ideas. Teams then presented the apps to 6 judges including a Facebook software engineer and the CEO of Student Upstarts. 

The competition produced 27 entries, ranging from an app to teach coding on the go to a new social app which can be used to quiz your friends. Winners included ‘Streamy’, a crowd-sourced journalism website (one of the ‘top three’ ideas) and ‘Reach Home’ a watch based app that helps to plan travel times.

Apps were judged on design, creativity and technical skill with various prizes being awarded including office space, vouchers and smartphone watches from sponsors of the event, Pebble. The top three ideas will get the chance to pitch to investors with the best one receiving £15 000 of investment.

Ammaar Reshi, President of King’s College London Tech Society, said: ‘Our aim is to connect the students in the tech community, not just at King’s but the whole country. HackKing’s is a testament to what the incredible talent in the UK can achieve in just 24 hours. The launch of our next project HackCampus, aims to make sure students in the UK don’t ever miss a cool tech talk, hack, or meet up just because they didn't hear about it - we aim to connect them all and use this platform to make sure everyone is aware of events like this.’

Founded by two Department of Informatics students, Ammaar Reshi and Niklas Begley, King’s College London Tech Society is built not only to connect students at King's with some of the best tech companies and startups in the industry, but also to create a collaborative community of people who are passionate about tech, whether they come from a Computer Science degree or not. The Society runs workshops that help students gain new tech skills so that they can begin pursuing projects that they are interested in. 

Click here to visit the HackKing’s website and view the list of submissions and winning apps.

To find out more about KCL Tech Society, you can visit their website: http://kcltech.com

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