About HackSussex 2023

This is an opportunity for students of all abilities to collaborate, learn new skills, and build something cool using technology. It's a great way for people with similar interests to work together on exciting projects in a fast-paced, creative environment.

 24 Hours of project building 

 Win exciting prizes 

 Free swag 

 Free Food and Drinks 

 Workshops to learn skills 


This year HackSussex 2023 is going Hybrid!

In addition to the in-person experience, you will be able to take part online! Thanks to our partners at the Media Technology Lab, we will be running a professional live stream throughout the event to allow our digital attendees to ask questions, speak to sponsors, attend workshops and take part in the hack!


Code of Conduct 

HackSussex 2023 is run in accordance with the MLH Code of Conduct and the Hackathons UK Code of Conduct.

Hackathon Sponsors


£3,447 in prizes

Best In-Person Hack (2)

An Ender 3 3D Printer EACH for members of the in-person team with the most impressive hack.

Runners up each get £50 in gift vouchers.

Best Online Hack

£50 in gift vouchers for members of the online team with the most impressive hack.

Helping Britain Achieve Net Zero

For the hack that best helps Britain achieve net zero, EDF will be giving each member of one team a smart plug and Philips Hue bulb.

The Joy of The Throw

Target practice. Teambuilding. Expeditious transport. Threat elimination. What do all these things have in common? They can, of course, all be achieved through the power of THROWING THINGS. Everyone talks about the art of the catch, but little do they think of its underappreciated twin, The Joy Of The Throw. Well we think it's about time we rectify this, and give The Joy of the Throw some TLC (throwing lobbing careening-into-the-air). Use this time to make the case for why ground to air relations should soar to an all-time high. Use throwing daggers to make art, toss hamsters at folks that need a pick me up or feed the world by blasting calzone into hungry mouths. The world is your oyster, as that oyster blasts through the skies at Mach 8 as part of the hit new sport, oysterball!

Bonus points for
- Team with the cutest in game mascot
- Team with most satisfying throwing mechanic
- Team with biggest surprise

The winning team gets £25 per person.

Hackiest Hack

Build something over-the-top, over-engineered, or held together with bits of string. Use your imagination!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console ! Get started with $50 in free credit

Best Use of Auth0

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including a Camelbak tumbler, Rubiks Cube, and sticker! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn't take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Best Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Best Use of Microsoft Cloud for Your Community

Prize: LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and Xbox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at https://aka.ms/startedu. Build your hackathon project with the Microsoft Cloud that tackles a social impact issue of your choice, and have a chance to win a LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an XBox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass.

Learned the Most (2)

For the teams that put the most effort into learning things and making sure they left the hack with more knowledge than they came with.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Joshua Kybett

Joshua Kybett
HackSussex - President

Major League Hacking

Major League Hacking

Dr Ian Mackie

Dr Ian Mackie
Head of Department, University of Sussex

Dr Ronald Grau

Dr Ronald Grau
Senior Lecture, University of Sussex



Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    We want to see hacks that truly blow our minds by doing something or using something in ways no one has ever thought to do!
  • Functionality
    The more features and extensive your hack is, the better, and bonus points if any of it actually works too!
  • Learning
    Hackathons are about learning as much as they are creating awesome hacks. If your hack shows that your team learnt more than anyone else, that puts you in a great position!

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