Spring 2019

A 24-Hour Hackathon
Hosted By
Kent Computer Society

We are bringing students and graduates interested in technology from all over to learn, build and share at University of Kent's campus in the heart of Kent.



We have put together a few helpful links, so if it’s your first time at a hackathon, you’re new to programming, or you just fancy learning something new then definitely check these out.


Mendix is a rapid application development platform that requires little to no programming experience to build and deploy apps. You can sign up and use for free using your .ac.uk email address.

Github Student Developer Pack


This is the ultimate jackpot. This pack includes a list of epic things, all for free, which in total gives you a few thousand pounds of credit, perks, discounts and more:

  • Atom, the epic text editor.
  • One free year of Bitnami, which installs cloud applications with a click.
  • $50 of hosting on Digital Ocean, which is enough for 10 months of a virtual private server, installed at a region of your choice with an OS of your choice.
  • The Bronze plan on DNSimple for two full years, which usually costs £20 a year.
  • Five private repos on Github plus other perks of a Micro Account, which usually costs around £50 a year.
  • 15,000 emails to send a month using SendGrid instead of the usual limit of 200, only for students. Perfect for newsletters of notifications.
  • Fees waived for the first $1000 you make using Stripe, an epic payment platform that's easy to integrate and use.
  • Unreal Engine 4 for free, while you're a student.

Free Programming Books


A huge repository filled with free guides on just about any language, and a bunch of language-agnostic stuff such as machine learning, algorithms and data structures.

Learn Python & Flask


Considering building a backend in Python? This is a great place to start using the framework, Flask. Once you're done or you feel ready, you can even build a RESTful API using Flask.

Learn Node.js


Okay, maybe you want to learn how to program in "The Only Real Dev Language"? Here's a couple of good resources for learning how to code in Node.js and how to build a RESTful API using that. Example code for getting Node.js to work with Parse, courtesy of Phil Efstathiou.


We have a Slack set up for the event so that everyone can have a good natter with attendees, message a sponsor about their challenge, or message a volunteer / organiser if you have any issues. If you haven’t gotten an invite, check the email you registered your ticket with. If you don't find it, grab a volunteer and we’ll help you out!

24 Hour Hackathon Schedule


9:00 Registration
9:30 Opening Ceremony + Sponsor Presentations
10:00 KentHack begins
10:00 Ice-Breaker
13:00 Lunch
19:00 Dinner
21:35 Sleeping area opens
23:30 Midnight Food


8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Sleeping area closes
11:00 Hacking ends
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Science Fair
15:00 Finalists announced
15:15 Finalists' presentations
16:15 Closing Ceremony
17:00 HackKent 2018 ends

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