ZetaSafe to sponsor Silverstone UTC “Invention Marathon” (aka Tech fest or Hackathon)

21st November 2017 | Victoria Franks

ZetaSafe to sponsor Silverstone University Technical College (UTC) “Invention Marathon” (aka Tech fest or Hackathon) which will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2017.


Hackathon Silverstone UTC – Saturday 2nd December 9am-9pm

Don’t fret, It’s definitely NOT anything illegal or sinister and doesn’t involve breaking into any organisation’s or individual’s computer systems!

A Hackathon can be described as an “invention marathon” or a “tech fest”. In the computing world, “to hack” is to conceive, design and build, in a short defined time, a mock-up of a new idea, using new technology. Think of it as a playground for inventors, tinkerers and coders where people create and innovate. 2nd December 2017 is Major League Hacking (“MLH”) Local Hack day and Silverstone UTC is signed up to take part. Silverstone UTC MLH Local Hack Day is a 12 hour hack day open to Silverstone UTC pupils. Organised by Year 13 Computer Science pupils it aims to be a fun introduction to the world of Hackathons for organisers and participants alike.

Whilst it’s being organised by UTC students, it has the full backing of the UTC and there will be at least two UTC teachers on hand throughout the day.

On December 2nd 2017, students around the world will be simultaneously hosting their own MLH Local Hack Day at their school, resulting in the single largest day of student hacking ever.


The plan for the Hackathon will be for students to come up with some real-life themes/problems (no matter how small) and then work in teams to try to solve them, in the time available, using tech. The point of this event will be to experience the challenge, collaborate with other people, and maybe find a useful solution. Think of it as “The Crystal Maze”, but more fun, more techie, more pizza and some small prizes/giveaways from MLH and sponsors!!

Andy Dobbins (pictured right), MD, ZetaSafe comments, “We are delighted to sponsor the Silverstone UTC “Invention Marathon” which will take place on on Saturday 2nd December 2017. We actively embrace being a member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster which supports the high-tech activity within a one hour radius of Silverstone Circuit where we are based. We all know that in our industry, we need to nurture and stimulate talent and this feels like a good community event, supporting our most local college. Good luck all!”


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