Hackfest - Inspiring the next generation of creatives, designers and engineers

Returning to the South West for the third year running, Hackfest is a county-wide project across Devon for young people to come together to create product prototypes that respond to the issues of the future, led by Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, Fab Lab Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art. Over the next month approximately 100 students aged 14 to 19, from a range of different schools across Devon, are expected to participate in two-day Hackfest events in both Exeter and Plymouth.

Taking the same format as the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs ‘Creative Jams’, each Hackfest event will comprise a two-day ‘hackathon’ allowing local young people to learn new digital and enterprise skills, design new ideas, create products or services and pitch those ideas to experts. Winners of the Hackfest pitching sessions, selected by expert judges, will go on to present their ideas to business leaders, investors and industry professionals at Venturefest South West.