The Quackathon is a 24 hour hackathon hosted at Dundee University on 1st & 2nd February, open to students at all levels from across the country


It’s a great way to practice your coding skills, an opportunity to meet some invaluable industry contacts and develop your teamworking skills with likeminded people


Interested in getting involved? Whether you’re a company looking to sponsor the event, or a student wanting to take part, get in touch with us!

Event Info

This year DUCS has partnered up with headline sponsors Craneware & NCR, alongside ChilliConnect & BCS to bring you this year’s Quackathon – our unique annual 24 hour hackathon

The Dundee University Computing Society proudly presents the Quackathon, back for 2020 bigger and better than ever!

The Quackathon is our annual hackathon taking place over 24 hours in the Queen Mother Building (home of computing at the University of Dundee)!

The Quackathon is a great way to practice your coding skills, meet some invaluable industry contacts (some of who are collecting CVs!), and of course develop your teamworking skills.

This year we’re also opening up the Quackathon to college & secondary school pupils (16+) for the first time!

What is it?

You’ll be working in teams to solve challenges set by our sponsors – don’t worry if it’s your first time though, there’ll be challenges set for every level from beginner to hardcore! You can sort your teams of up to 4 people yourselves beforehand (just let us know), or on the day.

We’ll be providing free food during the event (a variety of soup & sandwiches, Indian food, hot filled morning rolls & pizza, with vegetarian & vegan options available), please let us know about any dietary requirements, so we can make sure no one goes hungry!

We’ve got prizes for the best teams & some free goodies for everyone who comes along too!

Since it’s a whole 24 hours in the QMB, we’ll have some quiet spaces for anyone wanting to take a break from coding or have a nap during the event.

What do I need?

Since we’ll be providing (most of) the computers, WiFi, power, food & drink, all you need to bring is your coding skills, lots of energy & enthusiasm and whatever you need to stay comfy for 24 hours (extra snacks, blankets, pillows, deodorant, etc).

As we might not have enough PCs in labs for you all, we ask that anybody with a suitable laptop (basically having access to eduroam & the ability to install extra software if needed) bring one if they can – don’t worry we’ve got plenty of plug sockets!

For third/fourth year students, we also recommend having your CV ready – you can provide one when requesting your ticket which we will then share with some of our sponsors.



1st/2nd February 2020

Full Itinerary

Saturday 1st February
  • 11:00-12:00 – Participants Arrive & Welcome Talks
  • 12:00 – Coding Starts
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 19:00 – Dinner

Sunday 2nd February

  • 07:00 – Breakfast
  • 12:00 – Coding Ends & Project Demonstrations
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Prizegiving
  • 15:00 – End of event



Queen Mother Building, University of Dundee


Getting there

The Queen Mother Building is on City Campus at the University of Dundee, just 15 mins walk from the train station (direct services from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, York & London) & 20 mins from the bus station – find out more on the uni’s website.