Birmingham City University ranks 5th in EU Major League Hacking!

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11 March 2016

The University is the top ranking post-1992 university, beating institutions including the University of Nottingham, Edinburgh and Aston University to make the top five. This represents a major achievement, as the University was not ranked at all last season.

Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each term, more than 25,000+ developers, designers, and makers across the world compete in weekend-long programming competitions to build websites, applications and hardware.

The news follows the latest University hacking event, the BCU Hack, which took place last week as part of Employability Week. Students from a number of courses participated, including Computer Science, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Sound Engineering, Computer Games Technology, Computer Networks and Digital Media, to address challenges set by local and national companies.

The teams were given a 24 hour period to develop their ideas and solutions, before pitching them to panels formed from representatives of companies including Codio, Microsoft, HackerEarth and Deliveroo, many of whom also helped to mentor the competitors during the competition.

Participants of BrumHack
Participants of BCUHack

The overall winning entry, UNIcode, was a collaboration between students Callum Clarke, Daniel Pacheco, Michael Senior and Jacques Ryan. They developed a web game designed to help students to improve their Python programmEing skills, where competition questions could be sent in through Twitter. The team also won the prizes from sponsors digital marketing company Clevercherry and educational provider Codio.

Oliver Vlaytchev, who co-organised the event and helped to prepare students for the competition, was pleased with how it went: “It has been a pleasure running the Hackathon and Computing Society and organising BCU Hack. Working alongside Dr Lancaster has been great – we both wanted to help improve the student experience at the university and this event has been a great step in the right direction.”

Dr Thomas Lancaster, Programme Leader for BSc Computer Science and co-organiser, added: “I am proud and impressed by the way that our students engaged with BCU Hack and Employability Week. There were many excellent solutions developed, including computer games, innovative hardware solutions and mobile apps and all of the students participating improved their technical skills.

“I am grateful for the support of our sponsors, who really helped the students understand industrial requirements during BCU Hack, helping to prepare our students for the workplace.”

The University continues to support students in entering national Hackathons through the work of the Hackathon and Computing Society and looks forward to running more Hackathons with the students in the future, with the aim of remaining in the top five of the MLH rankings.


Lets hope we can climb the ladder and beat the other top places. Use #BCUHACK to show your support.

Images, courtesy of Birmingham City University.

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