25 hours in the Engine Shed for student hackathon

The drink of choice at the Engine Shed will be coffee instead of alcohol for a three day event in November, as computing students from across the country will be invited to compete with their coding.

DevXS, which takes place from November 11th to 13th, is a free developer marathon and conference for students aimed at encouraging building new things to improve university life using open source software and data.


Developer marathon and conference DevXS is aimed at computing students from across the country. Picture: DevXS

Split in to small teams, participants will have from 10:30am Saturday until 12 noon Sunday to work non-stop building their web application to enter for one of several themed challenges with prizes available for the most imaginative entries.

The essentials, including food, drink, advice from professional speakers and most importantly, a good internet connection, will all be provided to help those taking part make the best apps possible in the time.

Alex Bilbie, a student and member of the online services team at the University of Lincoln, is one of the organisers of the event and is excited about the prospects: “I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for students to meet some of their peers from around the country, chat to some employers who’ll be there, and hopefully learn some new skills.”

DevXS is being organised by the University of Lincoln and the DevCSI project, a community of software developers working in further and higher education, which has helped to organise many other developer marathons across the country.

Students interested in taking part can register on the website at http://devxs.org

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