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Hack Pompey: south coast’s biggest hackathon takes place at the University this weekend

Grab your soldering irons, paint brushes and laptops – the south coast’s biggest hackathon takes place at the University this weekend (3-4 November).

Organised by Portsmouth graduates, Hack Pompey will see people from all backgrounds and disciplines join together to learn something new, work together, and build something awesome.

Director Tom Hewett said: “Hack Pompey is a fun event for people to come together to solve emergent problems, or work on ideas that they’ve come up with in an environment full of likeminded, helpful people from the local community – and best of all, it’s completely free!”

Doors open at 10:00am at the University of Portsmouth’s brand new Future Technology Centre, during which speciality coffee will be being served by Harbour Coffee. After a short opening ceremony our makers and creators will then have 8 hours on day one to begin forging their ideas and weaving them into reality.

Future Technology Centre

Day one finishes at 6pm so that everyone can grab a decent dinner and nights rest ready for day two. Beginning at 10:00am on the Sunday, everyone will have another 6 hours to continue exploring or polish up their ideas and creations, leading up to an opportunity to demo a few select projects during our closing ceremony at 4:30pm.

There’ll be free breakfast and lunch served each day, with hot and cold beverages available at all times to keep everyone fuelled. We’ll also have a great team of volunteers on hand to help bridge any gaps of knowledge and be generally helpful throughout.

We know that it’s a little daunting to have a weekend to make literally anything, so we’ve set 5 themes to get your brains ticking: Space, Game Jam, Social Good, Wearable Tech, and Smart Cities. Over the coming weeks we will release specific challenges within those themes to help refine ideas if people are still at a loose end.

Do I need to form a team?
We believe that people have the most fun and build the best things when they work together, so we highly encourage our attendees to bring friends along to make a team. If you don’t have a team, don’t worry! There will be plenty of opportunity to form a team at the event.

What do I need to bring?
Bring your tools and equipment. Laptops, craft supplies, pen & paper, Raspberry Pis. Whatever you need for your hacking/making!

Where do I sign up?
For more information and to register for the event, please visit

About Hack Pompey
Hack Pompey began in 2014 as a social hack day at Portsmouth University’s Innovation Space. Conceived by two School of Computing undergrads (Zac Colley and Peter Jones), it has since become a non-profit organisation led by a team of six Portsmouth University graduates (Tom Hewett, Louis Capitanchik, Ryan Thicket, Ahsana Choudhury, Ming Wu, and David Ralph).

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