AstonHack, held at Aston University in the centre of Birmingham, is a new student hackathon, launched by the Aston Computer Science Society in 2015, to form part of the annual Major League Hacking league. MLH events are free for student hackers aged 18+ participating in teams from 1 to 4 on innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Whether this is your first hackathon or your 20th, you can join them in building fun projects and see why they’re known for their food, cake and geese-related shenanigans. Check out this past winner that built a geese hunting game in VR! You’ll have a quacking time.


  • Maximum team size is 4 for prizes. 
  • Team sizes can be larger but are ineligible for prizes. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,872 in prizes

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Majestic Challenge

Best Dinosaur related Hack!

The prize is four 3D printers.

Black Pepper Challenge

Best hack which encourages/discourages fake news.

The prize is four Google Home Minis!

Farnell Element14 Challenge

For the coolest hardware hack!

Four Raspberry Pi's.

CodeWizards/Music For Youth Challenge (2)

One Xbox One and Four Custom made CodeWizards/AstonHack backpacks!

Best Newcomer Hack

Best hack created by newcomers to hackathons

The prize is four (plushie) goslings!

Best Hardware Hack

The prize is four Amazon Echo Dots!

Best Overall Hack!

MLH medals!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Steve Pitchford

Steve Pitchford
Development Director @ Majestic

Pandelis Zembashis

Pandelis Zembashis
GitHub Campus Expert

Simon Jones

Simon Jones
Director at Black Pepper Software

David Harkin

David Harkin
Digital Data Engineering Senior Analyst at Accenture

Stuart Muckley

Stuart Muckley
CodeWizards/Music For Youth

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis
Major League Hacking

Phil Hutchinson

Phil Hutchinson
Snr Project Specialist Community at element14

Judging Criteria

  • Creativeness
    How creative a project is in terms of both implementation and end experience.
  • Technical
    The nitty gritty of the code depending on the category being judged.

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