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Our last hackathon of the year is shaping up to be really special. We need your help creating new ideas, apps, games, products or fundraising events with a holiday and Christmas theme. Novel Christmas presents, digital cards, reverse charity santa, office games or generosity apps all welcome. Bring your own elf. So if you’re a developer, designer or entrepreneur why not sign up now.

For this seasonal special we’re collaborating with our good friends at Dev4Good – and as usual they’ll be providing goodies for the best prototypes created over the weekend.

Our aim is to help you get your great ideas to release. So we’ve lined up help with mentoring, hosting, technical education and api’s to get you to launch. Once you’ve taken your first sale or donation for charity we’ve got £1000 for the winning team and an advertising budget and a hosted newsroom to tell the world about your innovation.




Every Hackathon is dependent on guidance from our beloved Mentors that have taken time to participate and share their expertize to help you reach the finish line quicker, and deliver your app/idea to market. Read more about the mentorship programme here.

Matt Cynnamon, Regional Director for the UK and Germany at General  Matt Cynamon is the London Programming Producer forGeneral Assembly. Born in America, Matt arrived in the UK at the start of the year to set up General Assembly’s first campus outside of the US. He’s a serial startup founder with experience in the philanthropy sector he once held the world record for the most Beatles songs named in 30 second.

Craig Hogan (Dev4Good)
Craig does all the complicated  techie stuff the rest of us just pretend to understand. He started out as a Systems Engineer/Trainer for a Computer College in 2002. Two years later he took over as IT manager for the college and its parent company. In 2006, Craig started his own web consultancy company specialising in web-based  technologies, specifically Content Management Systems running on Microsoft  systems which he built up to have a client base full of household names. Craig also runs a charity-based community, Dev4good which organises weekend lock-in events to bring developers and designers together to work on charity based projects.

Amy Whitney (Dev4Good, @amosie) Amy’s is an interaction designer at Flow interactive where she creates user centred products and services. She has developed simple and elegant B2B and B2C applications across multi-platforms including iOS, Android, Win 8, client and web. For clients including Vodafone, 02, Nokia, Sloggi, Sony, Cancer Research and GOV.UK. Outside of work she is involved in social innovation projects, running, mentoring and attending hack events and collaborative design for fun.

PhD Itxaso del Palacio Itxaso del Palacio Aguirre, PhD, teaches entrepreneurship at UCL; is the co-founder of Founders Fit; and is an investment analyst at EC1 Capital. She is passionate for mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs while setting up their own companies. She has worked with entrepreneurs in Spain, Silicon Valley and the UK.

Jaz Signh (CTO The GivingLAB @jaskaran78) Jaz is the designer of the new API, and also the CTO of the Giving Lab. Jas is also the founder of tekasco Ltd offering strategic technology review, planning / design, development and delivery services to start ups and established enterprises.

Vedavalli Kanala (ThoughtWorks) Veda works as a lead consultant at Thoughtworks, across diverse technologies and domains. Her passion is to build software that has an impact directly on making people lives better using technology, she loves solving real world problems.

 Jill Irving @jillisfab
Jill has many years experience leading web UI design and development teams building websites, and mobile apps. She is passionate about new technology and developing strategies for mobile.
She uses techniques from areas such as collaborative design, lean startup and design thinking, to help teams innovate with complex problems. Jill believes that success means finding the balance between technical, creative, and user experience, and is all the better if aimed at solving problems for social good.


The Giving Lab is a initiative by the See The Difference (Registered Charity: 1127980), aiming to create new ways of giving to charities. We are supported by NESTAComic ReliefThe Baring FoundationCabinet OfficeNominett TrustGarfield Weston FoundationPears Foundation and Serene.

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