Athena Hack

Athena Hack is an all-women hackathon, for anyone aged 18+ who identifies as female/non-binary, supporting Plastic Oceans UK.


It is an exciting experience organised by ShowCode as an initiative to champion female technologists and focus their skills to help solve one of the biggest environmental issues around.

Overall Prizes

£5,000 Cash Prize

£1,000 Cash Prize & 5 x Amazon Echo Smart Speakers

£500 Cash Prize & 5 x Amazon Echo Dots

All teams will be considered for further investment from Sky Ocean Ventures!

Category Prizes

Prize awarded to the best performing University team

Prize awarded to the best performing Company team

More prize categories will be announced shortly...

Who can take part?

To be part of the Hackathon you must be aged 18+ old and identify as female/non-binary.

Take part if you are a creative thinker or you like being involved with great ideas.

Do you love technology? If technology is one of your passions then join Athena Hack!

If you enjoy graphic design and creation then you are also welcome.

How to take part?

Join as a University team and compete to win our coveted University Champion crown!

Bring your colleagues and compete as a company team to show your dominance

Gather your friends and compete at Athena Hack as your own independent team!

Don't have a team yet? Sign up and acquire your squad on the day to show what you have got!

Why the Plastic Crisis?


million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans every year!


marine species have been affected by ocean plastic.

microplastic ingested by the average person every year!



billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s.

The Challenge

The challenge is to use your skills to create an idea that will help solve the plastic crisis that is currently plaguing the world in support of Plastic Oceans UK.


Over the course of 2 days, you will work in teams of 5 to develop an app, digital demonstration or digital platform that showcases your novel ideas, before pitching your idea to a team of judges. 

Athena Hack Schedule

Saturday 13/04/19
08:00     Hackers Breakfast
09:00     Athena Hack Introduction
10:00     Hacking Begins
13:00     Hackers Lunch
14:00     Hacking Resumes
18:00     Hacking Ends for the Day

18:00     Evening Drinks Reception

Sunday 14/04/19
08:30     Hackers Breakfast
09:00     Hacking Resumes
11:00     Hack Pitches Begin
13:00     Hackers Lunch
14:00     Hack Finalists Announced
15:00     Hack Final Pitches
18:00     Hack Winners Announced!