Manchester Hackathon Announced – Cash Prizes

For the first time ever, the City of Manchester invites you to dig underneath its digital skin. FutureEverything, Open Data Manchester and Manchester City Council are looking for experts and innovators to hack, code, programme and experiment with the city’s sets of open data to build new applications and develop future services.

Utilising the open data sets from DataGM made available by Manchester City Council and public sector partners, participants are welcome to produce anything they wish – develop applications to help people find their way around, stay safe, discover new experiences and everything and anything in between. All data is released under the Open Government Licence.

Taking place at MadLab in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Saturday 17th November, the Manchester Hackathon is set to be an intense, productive and exciting collaboration between the brightest minds in software development and data processing. Entries from both teams and individuals are welcome, and there are cash prizes to be won for the best product at the end of the session, including;

Grand Prize – £4,600*
Best Under 21’s Creation – £600
Best Visualisation – £600
Best Locative Application – £600
Developer’s Prize – £600
Best Solution for an Identified Problem – £600

* £1000 prize & £3,600 development funding

The prizes will be selected by a panel of independent industry experts, including Dave Carter (MDDA) and Lou Cordwell (magneticNorth).

The Hackathon takes place on Saturday 17th November 9am – 7pm, with a warmup and networking session beforehand at MDDA (Lower Ground Floor, 117-119 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6ED) on Friday 16th November 6.30 – 8.30pm.

The event is completely free to enter and open to all.


This hackathon has been developed through our CitySDK partners, Manchester City Council and FutureEverything and aims to begin a process of opening up the city’s data and encouraging developers to creat great new ideas that can be developed in Manchester and elsewhere. It is one of a series of events that the 8 cities on CitySDK are involved in running to engage with developers across Europe.

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