University of Sunderland students take to ‘cave’ for hackathon

Sunderland University students who took part in a hackathon.
Sunderland University students who took part in a hackathon.
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A team of students from the University of Sunderland took part in a ‘hackathon’.

They were among 30 tech experts locked in an innovation cave at Sage Headquarters in Newcastle for 24 hours, tasked with developing the next generation of smart technology.

Researchers, analysts, IT developers and customer services experts from Sage formed teams for the day-long ‘hackathon’ focused specifically on creating software that would help to make businesses operate more efficiently.

Hackathons typically last 24 hours, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative and extreme computer programming. Participants at Sage’s event were tasked with building an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) solution.

Nana Fifield, product development manager at Sage, said: “Hackathons are a brilliant way of getting together some of the most creative minds in our business to thrash out ideas they have.”