The University of Exeter begins the new decade by investing in innovation, welcoming Junction, one of Europe’s biggest hackathons, to campus.
Originally from Finland, the coding competition comes to the UK for the first time as JunctionX, Exeter’s very own spin-off event. On 21 February, participants from all around the globe will gather in the South West for a weekend to improve upon three of the world’s biggest industries: health, transport and sustainability.
The event will take place on campus in Roborough Studios. Candidates will have a chance to form teams and exercise their entrepreneurial muscle with the purpose of cultivating solutions to help the industry of their choice. Throughout the competition, teams will receive support in order to develop high quality projects.
The winning team will receive £1000 and tickets to Finland to have the chance to participate in the original Junction hackathon.
With sponsors such as Accenture, Hey Tempo and Oxyde Technologies, the event will be equipped with some of the best tech out there, VR headsets included. The winning team will receive £1000 and tickets to Finland to have the chance to participate in the original Junction hackathon.
We asked the head of the organising committee, Lucas Martin Calderon, how they came up with the idea of bringing this competition over to the UK: “A committee member from the Exeter Entrepreneur Society heard about it and after doing some research we saw that it was actually a step up from the sort of coding events that have been running in Exeter. So, it was an easy choice, really.”
Open to students from all disciplines and even non-students, this competition is the perfect door-opener for anyone looking to grow in business. The University is starting the year with 2020 vision, investing in the future of its student body and its own legacy.
Editor: Emma Hussain