BrisHack 2024

25th - 26th February

University of Bristol | MVB 2.11

Dyson Boeing
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"A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest, datathon or codefest; a portmanteau of hacking and marathon) is an event where people engage in rapid and collaborative engineering over a relatively short period of time such as 24 or 48 hours." - Hackathon on Wikipedia

BrisHack is the annual 24-hour Hackathon run by the University of Bristol's Computer Science Society (CSS) and the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Society (BEEES) . It is a fun and unique opportunity to explore new areas and gain more practical experience. Not to mention the great networking opportunities with our sponsors!

Categories & Prizes

Best Software £300
Best Hardware £300
Wearable Tech £300
Mental Health £300
Most Creative £200
People's Choice Customised T-Shirts
There Was An Attempt 1p


  1. The maximum team size is six people.
  2. Be responsible and look after your and your teammates' wellbeing. You should try to get at least a couple hours sleep, drink water, and have a break from your screen every once in a while.
  3. Prizes will be awarded to a team; it is up to the team to decide how to distribute these fairly.
  4. All work must be done within the 24-hours of the hackathon. However, you are welcome to think of project ideas before the Hackathon begins.
  5. All third-party tools, libraries, assets or other materials used must be declared during judging.
  6. Projects must not be obscene or offensive.
  7. Participants retain the rights to all IP produced during the hackathon, but give CSS, BEEES, the University and event sponsors permission to showcase projects (with appropriate credit) on website, blogs, etc. if they wish to do so.
  8. Team names must not be obscene or offensive. If a team name is deemed innappropriate, you will be required to change it on the day of the Hackathon.
  9. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  10. Use of the Hackspace is prohibited when under the influence of drugs alcohol.


I don't study a STEM discipline, can I participate?

BrisHack is open to all! If you have even basic technological knowledge, we'd love to see what you make. Alternatively, if you lack technological prowess but have an awesome idea, perhaps you can join a team and be their ideas-person (we'd love to see med-students join us!)

I'm inexperienced as a programmer, can I still participate?

Of course! Participating in a Hackathon is a great way to get more experience; you can either join a team of more experienced participants and learn from them, or participate yourself and grow from the challenge, and hopefully even gain an awesome portfolio piece by the end of the Hackathon.

Remember, it isn't all about winning; BrisHack is a fun event for you to learn and explore new technologies and areas!

I don't attend the University of Bristol, can I participate?

As long as you are a student aged over eighteen at a university or college in the UK, you are welcome to join!

Will food be provided?

Yup! Just make sure to let us know if you have any dietary requirements!

Do I need to dream up a solution to a huge/very serious problem?

You don't need to solve a huge problem; If you think you've got the cure to cancer, that's awesome! But don't be put off entering because you are tackling a small issue; oftentimes it's the focussed solutions that are the most effective.


Day 1
11:00-12:00 Registration, merch pick-up, and introduction talk
  • Hacking starts
  • Hackspace opens
13:30 Lunch
18:00 Hackspace closes for the day
19:00 Dinner
Day 2
8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Dyson talk
10:00-11:00 Dyson networking
  • Hacking ends!
  • Lunch
13:00 Judging begins
15:00 Judging concludes and winners announced!