Hackfest will be repeated following the success of the 2016 competition between secondary age students designing and manufacturing working prototypes of their new ideas at the event. Leading on 2019’s Hackfest will be Plymouth College of Art.

Through a programme of hands-on, dynamic workshops focused on Design Thinking; Electronics and Coding; Lean Startup models; 2D Design; 3D Design and Printing; and Laser Cutting students gained vital insight into disruptive technologies and skills to equip them for future careers. Hackfest not only provided a means of stimulating design and digital making among young people, mixing a range of skills from art, design, engineering, science and technology but it also provided a hugely valuable youth enterprise and entrepreneurship element to Venturefest, inspiring the next generation of innovators.

For more information, please feel free to contact the project team lead Oliver Raud by email oraud@pca.ac.uk or by phone 07792 972505.