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Student-built app telling you where not to live in London wins university hackathon

25th February 2014

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The UK’s top student technology minds were in the limelight this weekend in the UK’s first inter-university hackathon.

Imperial College won the hacking top spot, after participants were set the challenge of “creating something cool in 24 hours.”

The HackKings event saw teams from universities including Durham, Cambridge, UCL and Oxford battling against each other in a 24-hour coding and development marathon to create the best new app or piece of technology from scratch.

The winners designed and built LivMap, an “app designed to give friendly advice on where not to live in London” – something that could prove very useful to students looking for accommodation in the capital.

The app creates heat maps of London based on variable determinants such as commute, entertainment and crime levels.

Second place went St Andrews’ ‘Streamy’, an unbiased crowd sourced journalism app that allows users to broadcast current events through the browser on their mobile.

 ‘ReachHome’ from Kings College, an app for telling what the time will be when you step through your front door using live public transport data, won the ‘Pebble’ prize.

The top three ideas won a chance to pitch to investors for £15,000 and all received free mentoring from

The competition, organized by students from King’s College London, was run to promote the importance of technology and software development in the UK’s schools, colleges and universities.

A panel of industry experts from Codecademy, Facebook, Tech City, Student Upstarts, Index Ventures and judged the best pieces of tech developed on Sunday evening.

It is hoped that the event will nurture UK tech talent and bring attention to London’s growing status as a technology start-up hub - the UK has seven of the world’s top 50 universities overall, but only four are rated in the top 50 for engineering and technology. 

Jameel Bakhsh, Vice President of the Kings College London Business Club, said: "Over 150 students came to London from all corners of the UK to showcase their technology, creativity and programming skills to raise awareness for an extremely important cause - an educational focus on the development of tech skills and innovative thinking.

“This is the first time such an event has been organized between the UK’s universities, and the response, and the results have been fantastic."

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