We are GreatUniHack, an annual 24-hour student-oriented hackathon organised by the University of Manchester tech society, HackSoc. 

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1st Place

Best overall projects.

Prize: Google Home Mini + Philips HUE Smart Lightbulb x4

2nd Place

Best overall projects.

Prize: SHD 8600 wireless headphones x4

3rd Place

Best overall projects.

Prize: 3D Pen x4 + filament

Popularity Prize

Most voted project.

Prize: Neck Massager with Kneading and Heat x4

American Express

A fun and innovative real time digital travel companion. We aren’t looking for the next TripAdvisor or FlightRadar24. We’re looking for something surprising that will make us smile when we’re next on the go. To get you thinking, a good set of open data sources is at https://github.com/caesar0301/awesome-public-datasets . Beyond that, the sky’s the limit :).

Prize: Pirate Radio Pi Zero W Project Kit x4


Build something to help young people engage with programming.

Prize: Sega MegaDrive x4


Best financial hack. Solutions will be judged on: Innovation, User Experience, Functionality, Content and Overall quality.

Prize: Bose speakers x4


Design a 3D packing algorithm that uses a list of grocery items to calculate the number of containers required for a customer order, grouping the items into specific containers according to a set of predefined rules. The output will also contain a list of picking sequences which will describe which items from which order will go into which container based on the rules provided. More info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRXktr4qIgHph_HCExlFK-y4aHWNC-GEYgM5kM58G939u6tOG_0oxa-j9JbXforZjcfv58BBngRJIcz/pub.

Prize: Google Daydream x4


Build a tool to help customer service agents at THG prioritise and categorise customer emails, using NLP tools/techniques. Is the customer making a complaint? Is it a question about a product? Which of our websites are they talking about? Use any libraries/APIs you like. Should be able to analyse at least English, with other languages optional.

Prize: record players x4


Create a hack to make the world a better place, i.e. by considering inclusion and the needs of diverse range of users etc. More info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSnpKrYiIlGXRDMTjvCFRc5nkcpAeSBd1W1Pvsrjpz2vrQC2zh3z0SKbkxEBQHfRpUBtlnWHlwQqqFM/pub.

Prize: Amazon 100 Voucher x4 + vip visit Autotrader office


The best/most creative use of Skyscanner's API.

Prize: 100 pounds travel voucher x4


Best Tech

Prize: FitBit Blaze smart watch x4

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Judging Panel

Judging Panel

Judging Criteria

  • Tech
    50% weight
  • Design
    25% weight
  • Impactful
    15% weight
  • Pitch
    10% weight

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