Bath Chapter - Launchpad Hackathon

On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March, the Bath Student Chapter hosted a unique hackathon that combined technologists and entrepreneurial individuals.

Bath Hackathon (1)

LaunchPad was a Hackathon where participants were given 24 hours to create and launch their idea. It was an opportunity for likeminded people to come together and make a difference to the world around them.

Attendees were placed into teams with a maximum number of 6 members as they arrived. It was a great exercise in networking as well as in collaborating and developing ideas.

Bath Hackathon (2)  

Liam Berrisford, chair of the Bath Chapter helped to organise the event alongside two other societies. He had a brief word about the event with BCS;

‘We had a turnout of around 100 people and some amazing ideas came out of the weekend. The winning idea was a group that used arduinos with light sensors to make an app that would report in real time the workstations around the university that were not currently being used. We also got a load of compliments about the event from the participants which was great to hear after the work we all put in.’

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Sunil Pardasani, Industry Liaison on the BCS Wiltshire branch was one of several judges on the weekend. He also had good things to say about the event;

‘It was more than a hackathon i.e. the emphasis was more about coming up with projects to help people. That was truly inspiring to see that students are beginning to see programming not as something they can learn to get a good job, but to see that it is all about helping people and doing good for society.’

Congratulations to the Bath Chapter and everyone else involved in making the hackathon so successful.

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