Royal Hackaway v4 is the fourth annual Royal Holloway Computing Society Hackathon, open to students all around the UK and the world. Hackaway exists to promote programming in a teams for anyone at any experience level, by fostering an open environment of positivity and creativity.

All information for this event can be found at 


Requirements to participate

  • Currently a student in any level of education, or have graduated within the last 12 months.
  • Be 18+, or under with a guardian's consent and supervision.
  • Have a team size of <= 5


What to submit?

1. Your hack. This should be a GitHub repository with unsquashed commits. It must have been started after the event started.

2. A video demoing your project, this should be no longer than 5 minutes long. This should be included in your project ReadMe. Provided as a YouTube URL.

3. A writeup in the form of a ReadMe within your project repository. We want to know what your project is, what was your motivation for it, how does it work and how do we run it?


Hackathon Sponsors


£1,725 in prizes

Grand Prize

For the project, we find the most exciting. A combination of factors will go into choosing the winner of this prize. With an expected value of £250 per hacker.

Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Backpack.

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Each winning team member will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Best use of DataStax Astra

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Just ask Apple, Netflix and eBay. Build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service and gain in-demand skills along with a chance to win Blue Snowball Microphones for you and your whole team. It’s easy to sign up with 5GB free and no credit card needed. Start becoming a Cassandra expert today!

Hackiest Hack

Build something that’s over-the-top, over-engineered, and held together with Sellotape and bits of string… use your imagination! Winners get a GIANT enter button!


Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Josh Sawyer

Josh Sawyer
Lead Organiser

Ash Bass

Ash Bass
Event Lead

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Achievement
  • Design
  • Creativity
  • Interesting use of Technology

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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