HackTheMidlands is a 24-hour, inclusive hackathon being hosted in Birmingham on the 23rd-24th September 2017 at Millennium Point.

Over the 24 hours, people aged 14+ of all skill levels (you don't have to be a professional or a student! Just be lovely, passionate and interested in tech!) will come together to share ideas, and create new and awesome projects!

We put a high emphasis on building, creating and sharing your ideas and giving you the platform to inovate on. No matter where you come from, how much experinece you hold or what you intend to make; HackTheMidlands is the place where your aspirations can come a reality.


Participants can be of any age can be submitted into the hackathon and have a chance of running for any of the prizes going.

If you are entering as a team, your team size must not exceed 4 people.


When submitting your project, we require the following things:

  • Access to the source code of your project, we recommend using a GitHub repository for this. If you require advise on setting up GitHub, speak to an organiser of the event.
  • You must have a presentation prepaired for this event, you will be required to present for no longer than 2 minutes to the sponsors and judges.
  • Any hardware requirements must be made clear to the organisers before presentations start so that we can ensure we have the correct hardware for you to present. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,448 in prizes

Algolia (4)

Make a public, government or open data set searchable

BCS (4)

The hack that does the promotes the most social change

Nexmo (4)

Best use of Nexmo API

Majestic (4)

Best Mashup incorporating the Majestic API

TFWM (4)

Utilising open data to improve transport. The prize is continued support for the hack for the next 6 months.


Scientists share their findings through publications – often behind a paywall and in a format that can often make it difficult to track down and reuse the raw data behind key assertions. This makes it hard to understand, reproduce and build on results as a community, which should be the foundation for the best science and progress. At eLife, we work to bring the power of digital technology to science publishing, to promote collaboration, transparency and openness in research – and we’d like your help! We are looking for new tools or technologies that improve the discovery, sharing, consumption and evaluation of life sciences and biomedical research. This is your chance to get involved in a movement to transfer science from a closed-access, commercially-governed system to a more open, transparent and collaborative web – help us make science open source with your hack at Hack the Midlands. Members of the winning team will each receive a £100 voucher for Pimoroni.com, a copy of ‘Reinventing Discovery’ and an invitation to attend a mentorship day at eLife. Hackers are encouraged to build on any available API and to be imaginative with the services they integrate into their hack – discover our open-source resources and API at developers.elifesciences.org.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Tickets can be retreived from our EventBrite site, you must have a ticket in order to attend the event otherwise you may risk not gaining entry to the hackathon.


All challenges, workshops and timetables can be found at our new timetable website.


Naomi Penford

Naomi Penford


Samsung Internet

Rabeb Othmani

Rabeb Othmani

Sam Machin

Sam Machin

Peter Cripps

Peter Cripps

Olivia Tan

Olivia Tan

Josh Simpson

Josh Simpson
The Medic App

Judging Criteria

  • Deadline
    All submissions must be made by 1pm on Sunday, one hour after the hacking has started.

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