Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Hack: TADHack London

13 October 2018–14 October 2018, 10:00 am–6:00 pm

TADHACK logo and dates of event, 130th - 14th October

IDEALondon, UCL Engineering's post accelerator space, will host the London node of TADHack Global, an Internet, IT, and Telecoms Hackathon. You’ll have fun, learn lots, and perhaps even change the world, or at least your local community, with your hack.

This event is free.

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69 Wilson Street
United Kingdom

Since 2015 Idea London has been the London location for TADHack Global as well as TADHack-minis with the support of UCL (Dr Alistair Moore and Niall Roche), ipcortex (Rob Pickering and his team), and of course Idea London. Its an ideal, pardon the pun, location for TADHack: the facilities, location, and amazing diversity of people in and around London can not be beat. UCL’s IoT Lab is also based in the same building as Idea London so we are able to play with their IoT toys :) Listed below are some of the hacks presented at London over the years, go to the TADHack Youtube Channel to see all the 60+ hacks. From these hacks companies have been founded, people have found their dream job, and students have been able to join successful start-ups.

For 2018 Rob and his team from ipcortex will be running TADHack London. Niall will have the UCL IoT Labs on hand to mash-up with the TADHack Global sponsors: programmable telecoms (VoIP Innovations) and Ethereum (Status).

Register for TADHack London

Some of the hacks from London in 2017:

One Vision used Temasys by Leslie, Mike, and Daniel. An application that supports Holistic self using Temasys. An original take on personal organization.  Apologies to the team, but I want to highlight this hack as an example of the high quality bar, where a hack this good just missed out on a prize.

PhoneGuard used Apifonica by Ousama, Michael, Mark. A system for charging unsolicited callers a fee to call you, solving one of the ideas proposed by Dean Bubley. Won the Apifonica global prize.

state of the chart by Emma, Gareth, Robert used Matrix and Vidyo. A tool for remote design meetings. Web based video calling with the ability to covert pen-on-paper sketches to shared click-and-dragable drawings. Won the location prize as well as Vidyo global prize.

Pushtime by Aviral used Matrix. Syncs your phone to your computer over the secure, end-to-end encrypted Matrix protocol, using an Android app on one end and a Chrome extension on the other. It works cross platform, and with multiple devices at the same time too! Won the location prize as well as Matrix global prize.

Culturoo by Gladwin, Chris, Awais, Jardin, Immaneul used Temasys and Vidyo.  A web calling platform that promotes cultural learning through compelling suggestions for communication. This was the first hackathon for many of the team, and they won the location prize, and here is a write-up of their experiences.

Polite.ai by Rob, Joe, Lucy, Mercer, John used Matrix. It was focused on nailing the troll problem in real time chat. Won the location prize as well as Matrix global prize. Its also now an open source project.

Project Clearwater over RINA by Matt, Yin. Implementation of Project Clearwater IMS core running over RINA network architecture. Won the ArcFire challenge.

Apifonica Node.js contribution by Steven and Lily. A node library to make accessing APIfonica easy. Won the Apifonica global prize.

Rome by Steven and Lily Madar used Apifonica. “Reach me anywhere” – a way of contacting someone, in a variety of ways, depending on the time of day. Won the Apifonica global prize.

E-Advisor-Voice by Roslyn and Dalton. E(lectronic) Advisor is a voice digital assistant that helps you repair, recycle, or sell your abandoned electronics. It is live on Amazon Echo in the US and UK with Germany pending. E-Advisor is also live on Google Assistant. Our hack allows anyone in 60+ countries to access E-Advisor’s service by calling a local phone number.