We are the tech societies from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, which organise student-oriented tech events all year round.

Our most renowned event is GreatUniHack, a 24 hours innovating event where attendees work in teams of up to 4 to develop software or hardware applications and present their solutions at the end to our panel of judges.


  • Participants:¬†Individuals (over 14 years in age); Teams up to 4;
  • Location:¬†Manchester, United Kingdom

Hackathon Sponsors


1st prize

4 x Syma X5HW Quadcopter Drone

2nd prize

4 x AGS Wireless Laser Projection Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard

3rd prize

4 x deAO X7 Mini 2.4GHZ 6 Axis Nano RC Climbing Aircraft Quadcopter

Team Netsol prize

Team Netsol will award this prize to what they consider to be the best overall hack. This is separate from the overall hackathon prize.
Prize: 4x PlayStation 4

NOMA Challenge: How big is that?

How do we help a potential occupier understand size and available space options in a building without physically taking them there? This is a real challenge for today's property developers, agents and SME's. What does 6,000 sq ft look like to someone who isn't spatially aware?

How does a business owner know how many square metres of space they need for their new office?

We're looking for hacks that close this gap and help property owners show off their spaces in a user friendly way, giving customers an easy way of comparing and evaluating different options.

4 x VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Glasses and remotes
4 x 2600 mAh portable USB powerstick smartphone chargers
4 x limited edition recycled NOMA messenger bags.

Barclays Challenge "Hack to half your worries"

Students face a number of issues, such as the rising costs of courses and living, stress at school and work, and many more. We would like the teams to pick one or more of these issues, and to come up an idea which can contribute to making the students's lives easier.

Goldman Sachs

We would like to challenge students to come up with an application to showcase start-ups to investors.


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment. Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Win a HackHarassment Swag Bag.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

1 TB Hard Drives

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Manchester Entrepreneurs, "Best startup idea"

Most viable startup idea. Prize: 4 x £30 amazon vouchers

Estimote beacon prize

Best use of Estimote beacons. Prize: 4 x estimote beacon kit.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Darren Dancey

Darren Dancey
Manchester Metropolitan University

Duncan Hull

Duncan Hull
University of Manchester

Martin Bryant

Martin Bryant

Jon Corner

Jon Corner

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis
CTO, Team Netsol

Judging Criteria

  • Idea
    How useful, inventive, funny or smart is the idea? Could it have significant impact?
  • Technical complexity
    How complex is the project? How inventive was the use of the technologies involved?
  • Implementation
    How complete is the project? How much did the attendees achieve in the 24 hours?

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