R. U. Hacking? 2021 | 24-Hour Student Hackathon

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R.U.Hacking? is back with our annual 24-hour hackathon, open to all the students and recent graduates of all abilities and interests!

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About R. U. Hacking?

R. U. Hacking? (Reading University Hacking) proudly present our third annual 24-hour Student Hackathon at the University of Reading, welcoming students from all over the UK and EU!

Whether you're completely new to programming or are a seasoned hackathon veteran, you are welcome to join us in this fun and collaborative invention marathon! There are lots of prizes to be won so come along and get involved - beginners welcome!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


A hackathon is a programming marathon, where teams of 2-4 put their ideas together to create something exciting in only 24 hours. It gives teams of hackers a chance to turn their ideas into reality and present them.

There will be a number of prizes for using specific technologies as well as the overall best project. There will be additional prize pools available exclusively to first-timers!

An increasing amount of projects coming out of Hackathons get turned into startup businesses, and we welcome students from any discipline to have their go at hacking!


Yes. We welcome attendees from all disciplines as we strongly believe Hackathon projects require skills beyond just technical - benefiting from skills such as design, entrepreneurship and overall creativity.


Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will of course be hosting our event online. Just bring you and your laptop :) Further details ensue upon sign-up!

Schedule - Coming up soon!


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Who are we?

R. U. Hacking? is a society run by and for students who seek to get more involved in the tech industry with a heavy focus on professional networking. The society aims to organise events and Hackathons throughout the year that enable students to interact with industry professionals from both inside and outside the University. These Hackathons allow students to create their own projects and develop their skills in the field, be it learning new programming languages, or simply gaining knowledge of cutting-edge technologies.



Hackathons are events where people from multiple discliplines can team up to create a quick and demonstrable version of their project. The teams compete to see which project will be deemed the best by experts in the industry and can win prizes! Hackathons are often themed around a certrain topic, but can often be freeform! Our society aims to provide some mini-hacks and similar events throughout the year with our big 24-hour hackathon being held in February.


Building from our Hackathon last year, we're aiming to put our Alumni prize award towards equipping our hardware lab for Hackathon attendees to make use of. Some of the hardware will include low-power microcontrollers and potentially some Virtual Reality equipment! Last year's event had some very solid entries, to the point where it was difficult to choose the overall best, so definitely come down and make something you can boast about on your CV!

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