hackaway v6

Hack something awesome!

Windsor Building, Royal Holloway, University of London
Saturday 4th February - Sunday 5th February 2023

Royal Hackaway is Royal Holloway's annual hackathon. Open to university students from the UK and around the world, in this two-day hackathon you'll work as a team to build a project. You'll pick up new skills, try out new tech, and meet new people. This is our sixth time running this event, and we're excited to create a more inclusive and rewarding event for all.


We make hackathons happen

Royal Hackaway is an initiative of the Computing Society at Royal Holloway, University of London

We aim to create great experiences for students of every background of study by hosting inclusive events where people can learn and grow.



an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some questions we get a lot of!

Can I go home overnight/leave early?

Short answer: no.
If you need to leave, make sure you have a good reason and check out with a member of staff. This is for fire safety and accountability reasons.

Can I start before I join?

Absolutely not!

While you can explore ideas, you cannot start implementing your project before the specified time.

Do I need to come with a team?

If you don't have a team in mind before you come, you can make a team with anyone after the opening ceremonies, so no pressure!

Just note that team sizes are limited to a maximum of five hackers per team.

How much does it cost?

£0 and your weekend!

Royal Hackaway is free to attend, thanks to all the support provided from our sponsors!

Who can attend?

Anyone 18+ who is either a current university student or has graduated in the past six months.

How do I opt-out of being photographed?

We respect your privacy - You can opt out of being photographed by asking one of our committee members for an "opt-out" lanyard, to let us know that you do not wish to be photographed.

We'll try to do the following:

  1. Avoid taking photographs of people who have opted-out
  2. Delete photographs of those who have opted-out
  3. Triple check for people who have opted-out before publishing photographs

If you are from the future 👋👋 and have still found yourself in a photograph, let us know at [email protected]

What's a hackathon?

Hackathons are programming competitions where people work together to make something cool over the course of a weekend.

Do I have to be studying Computer Science?


Although being a computer scientist and/or knowing how to code helps, it's not required.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

All our events follow both our Code of Conduct and MLH Code of Conduct

Want to join the committee?

Thanks for your interest!

If you're interested in joining our Royal Hackaway sub-committee, join here.

You can also join the CompSoc Discord server to stay up to date on when we have regular CompSoc committee positions available for you to join.

Or, if you're simply trying to become a member, try the SU website.

Who owns my project?

All code is owned by you and your team members!
We recommend putting your project on GitHub, and making it open source.


Interested in sponsoring Hackaway v6?