Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season
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10th - 11th December 2016

A hackathon for everyone.

University College London

Thank you for attending, see you at Porticode 2.0!

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What is Porticode?

Porticode is a 24-hour event run by UCLU Technology Society, where you'll be given all the workshops, tools, mentors and snacks you'll need to create new and interesting ideas. These kind of events are also known as hackathons, but don't worry! This isn't about hacking into banks or shops, but rather about creating something you think is interesting, life changing, or just plain ridiculous.

What can you make? As long as you can build it with the tech that we have available (as well as any you want to bring), and you can do it in one day, then it's fair game. Your project could be useful for the real world or it can have no use at all!

Once the 24 hours are over, you'll be given the opportunity to show off what you've done in a 'science fair' style setting, and also the chance to demonstrate your creation in front of other attendees. Also, during the weekend, we'll be holding mini-events and games, to give you a break from your projects.

Do I need to be a computer scientist?

Definitely not! We’ve specifically designed this event for people who haven't typed a single line of code before. We'll be bringing a selection of gurus and mentors from TechSoc and the tech industry who’ll be running series of beginner’s workshops on a variety of topics, as well as helping you with your projects in any way they can.

Our hope is that you'll leave Porticode feeling like you've learned a lot, as well as having a good time.

What do I get out of it?

Mainly, you'll have the chance to create something interesting using some exciting tech in a stress-free environment. Unlike events of a similar nature, we're putting a larger emphasis on learning and collaboration, rather than how 'good' the end product is. However, there'll still be a couple of small prizes for the creations that the mentors as well as fellow attendees think are very interesting.

Where Art Thou?

The event will be held at University College London, in the gorgeous Wilkins Building. It's the big one with the columns and dome (the 'Portico', where this event gets its name from!). Our location is:

University College London
Gower Street

The closest tube stations are Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Lines), Warren Street (Victoria, Northern Lines), Euston (Victoria, Northern Lines, National Rail), and Russell Square (Piccadilly Line). There's also a bus stop just outside the entrance served by the 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, and 390 buses.

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Get your tickets!

Tickets for Porticode will be free, and include food and a rest area for you to stay overnight if you wish. We're planning on releasing them in batches, and we'll let you know when each release is. Why not like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date?

You can also sign up for email alerts by following the link below.

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Kathy Jang

Java Hummingbird


Python Ninja


API Master


Veteran Coder


iOS Developer


Blockchain and web tools!


Games and everything interactive!


Django Mastermind


Security Specalist


Computer Vision Pro


Blockchains and Networks

Matt Bell

Serial hackathon attendee


C Guru




All round pro


Coffee Lover (and a wizard)


Octocat Lover


Beginner's Web Dev

Get started with the fundamentals of web development! This will set you on the way to creating a web app during the hackathon.

Bootstrap 101

With the basics in place, make your product look pretty by using the very popular styling framework Bootstrap. It is used on many sites, including Twitter (who wrote it!) and with it, you will be able to create something swanky with far less difficulty than you might expect.

Interfacing Node.JS with APIs

You'll learn how to connect to an API (Application Programming Interface) using the popular web framework, NodeJS. APIs allow you add content to your hack using different data sources. Not sure how an API works or what it even means? Fear not, for all shall be explained!

Version Control with Git

Learn how to manage your projects using Git! You'll be forking, branching, committing and submitting pull requests in no time!

Dank meme workshop

How to make the most dankest memes! Led by some incredibly dank people, this workshop will happen at 4am on Sunday morning.

Docker Tutorial

Learn about what's often called a lightweight VM and how you can use it for your applicatons!


Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned hacker, we've put together some crowd sourced resources just for Porticode! These resources have been used by members of UCLU TechSoc and we've organised it by category and audience. We hope you find them useful and give you an idea of what you can do at Porticode!

Check them out here!



9:00 am Registration

// Wilkins Marquee
10:00 - 11:00 am Opening Ceremony

// Wilkins Marquee
11:00 - 11:30am Hacking begins + team formation

// Wilkins Marquee
11:30am - 1:30pm HTML/CSS/Bootstrap

// Chadwick G08
1pm Lunch

// Rooftop Garden
2pm - 2:30pm Git Workshop

// Chadwick G08
2:30pm - 3:00pm Bootstrap Workshop

// Chadwick G08
3pm - 4:00pm Skyscanner Workshop

// Haldane Room
3pm - 4:00pm Unity Virtual Reality Workshop

// Wilkins Marquee
4pm - 6:00pm NodeJS Workshop

// Wilkins Marquee
6pm Dinner

// Rooftop Garden
7pm - 8pm Security Workshop

// Chadwick G08
7:45pm - 8pm !Light

// Wilkins Marquee
8pm-9pm CapitalOne Chat Bots

// Wilkins Marquee
9pm-10pm Docker Workshop

// Chadwick G08
9:30pm-10:30pm Werewolf

// Rooftop Garden
10.30pm - 11pm Slideshow Karaoke

// Chadwick G08
11pm - 12am Horrible UX

// Chadwick G08


12:00 am Midnight Meal

// Rooftop garden
1:30-3:00 am Film showing

// Chadwick G08
4:00-4:30 am Meme in the dark

// Chadwick G08
8:00 am Breakfast

// Rooftop garden
8:30-9:30 am Pitching Workshop

// Wilkins Marquee
9:30am - 11:00am DevPost Drop-in Workshop

// Wilkins Marquee
11am Hacking Finishes

// Wilkins Marquee
11am -1pm Judging

// Wilkins Marquee
12:30 pm Lunch

// Wilkins Marquee
2-3:30 pm Closing Ceremony

// Wilkins Marquee
3:00 pm Event finishes, see you next year!


Here's a map for your convenience! If you get lost or don't know where to go, ask a volunteer or a mentor!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a day-long event where participants work together in teams to create interesting projects, and learn new things in the process.

Who can attend?

Anyone currently studying at a university at undergraduate, postgradurate level, or a recent (less than one year since) graduate are all welcome to join us. You'll need to bring your student ID with you so we can check this.

Are under-18s allowed?

Sadly we're unable to allow under-18s to attend Porticode, but keep following TechSoc on our social media pages, because we'll be running an event for young people in early 2017.

How large should my group be?

We recommend teams of up to four for the best experience, as we've found from experience that this is a good size for collaborating. Your teams can be of any size though! Keep in mind that to be eligible for awards, your team can only have a maximum of four people.

Can I stay the night?

Definitely! We'll be providing sleeping spaces. You may want to bring some stuff to keep you comfortable though.

What should I bring?

Definitely bring a laptop if you have one, as well as chargers for your gadgets, comfy clothes, toiletries, and a sleeping bag or blanket + pillow, as well as your ticket and student ID.

Can I start my project early?

Sure! However, to keep things fair, any projects started beforehand won't be valid for any awards or prizes.

Will I receive reimbursement for my travel?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide travel reimbursement for Porticode.

Is there a code of conduct?

For the safety and well-being of all attendees, sponsors, volunteers and staff, everyone present must follow the MLH Code of Conduct.


Porticode would never be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. We'd like to thank these companies for their support, and also invite you to click on the links to learn more if you're interested.

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