Welcome to CovHack2020!

CovHack is a free 24hr student hackathon, organised by Coventry University’s Hackathon Society

Students from any university, no matter your skill set, are invited to build weird, wacky, and wonderful projects.

If you need a break from your project, we will have workshops and side events lined up throughout the weekend. We want you to get the most out of your time at CovHack, so make sure to check these side events out!

  • 📅 15-16th February 2020
  • 🎓 Open to all students
  • 💸 Free!



Interested in sponsoring? Email us at hello@covhack.org!

🕒 Schedule

This is subject to change, but our planned schedule is as follows:


Time Activity
10:00 Doors Open
11:00 Opening Presentations
12:00 Hacking Starts!
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Workshops Start
19:00 Dinner
22:00 Werewolf


Time Activity
0:00 🍕 Pizza!
7:00 Breakfast
12:00 Hacking Ends
12:15 Lunch
14:00 Presentations
16:00 Judging
16:30 Awards and Closing Ceremony
17:00 Closing

📍 How To Find Us

CovHack is being held at the Engineering, Environment, and Computing building (known as the EEC) at the Coventry University Campus.

🚆 Train

The EEC is a 20 minute walk from Coventry train station. Coventry station has direct train links to/from:

  • Birmingham (20 minutes from B’ham New Street)
  • London (1 hour fast train or 2 hours slow train from London Euston)
  • Oxford (45 minutes from Oxford Station)
  • Manchester (2 hours from Manchester Piccadilly)

🚍 Bus/Coach

Coventry has direct coach links to/from Birmingham and London.

You should arrive at Pool Meadow Bus Station if travelling by coach.

The EEC is a 10 minute walk from Pool Meadow Bus Station.

🚗 Car

We're unable to offer parking on-site, however there are many public car parks to choose from around Coventry.

For a full list of car parks in the city, click here.

If you’re not familiar with driving around Coventry, please be aware that the ring road is challenging to navigate!


What's a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a weekend long invention marathon. You work over the weekend to build a project (generally something to do with tech, like a website or robot).

We like to think of them as pop-up maker spaces.

If it's your first time, the community wrote up a guide for first timers here

Can I attend?

All students and recent graduates (within the last year) from any university can attend.

How much does it cost?

The event is completely free! Everything is paid for by our wonderful sponsors!

Will there be Travel Reimbursements?

At this time, we can not provide travel reimbursements.

I don't have a team!

Don’t worry, we’ll have a team building session at the start of the hackathon.

I can no longer make it!

Please send us an email so we can make sure someone else who wants to come can make it to the event!

Will there be food and drink?

Yes - food will be provided, paid for by sponsors!

Please make sure you let us know of any dietary requirements when you register your tickets!

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes! We’re following the MLH Code of Conduct, available here.

What should I bring?

We highly recommend you bring the following:

  • A Laptop (or your gaming rig :) )
  • A charger
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • A change of clothes

You can also find suggestions on hack.athon.uk

What if I don’t know how to code?

Not a problem! A hackathon is one of the best places to learn programming, electronics or whatever you want! We’ll be running workshops to help you get started. We will also be running a Slack workspace, so if you are stuck you can ask for help from people attending the hackathon.

You can also check this list of project ideas.

How will communication be done at the event?

You'll receive a link to join the events chat sometime in the week before.

👩 Team


President / Lead Organiser

James is the president and co-founder of Coventry Hackathon Society, and the lead organiser of CovHack. He is currently studying Computer Science, and enjoys listening to hip-hop and getting really mad about JavaScript.


Vice President

Maria is CovHackSoc’s Vice-President and a 3rd Year CompSci student. She works as a Data Scientist and loves turning data into beautiful info-grams. She loves knitting in the winter and going to the amazing beaches in Portugal during the summer.



A 3rd year Computer Science student and our treasurer for the society. Jonny is interested in machine learning and data structures. He learns by developing programs without using 3rd party frameworks, and is currently writing several Node.js apps.


Inclusion Officer

Tom is this year's Hackathon Society Inclusion Officer, and a very tired Ethical Hacker. He's in his final year so has naturally decided to focus his time on attending hackathons and organising CovHack2020.


Social Sec

Mol is CovHackSoc’s Social Media and PR Rep.

She is currently studying Ethical Hacking, and enjoys social engineering and cryptography.

In her spare time, Mol enjoys playing guitar, and singing.


Technical Lead / Former President

UNIX Hacker, has attended over 20 hackathons and has taken a selfie on the Afghan-Tajik border.

You'll know him from making Vectrex Homebrew at AstonHack and Applause Review at RU Hacking.

Maintains the UK Hackathon Wiki

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