It is an exciting experience organised by ShowCode as an initiative to champion female/non-binary technologists and focus their skills to help solve one of the biggest environmental issues around with the power of Tech!

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 coder, 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!
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. 






- Over 18

- Female




All will be revealed at the Hack launch!

Hackathon Sponsors


£8,500 in prizes

1st Place

£5,000 Cash Prize
5 x Acer MR Headsets - Sponsored by Microsoft

2nd Place

£1000 Cash
5 x Amazon Echo Smart Speakers

3rd Place

£500 Cash
5 x Amazon Echo Dots

Best Uni Team - Sponsor JP Morgan

Prize Revealed on the day!

Best Company Team - Sponsor ShowCode

Prize revealed on the day!

Cisco Webex

Prize revealed on the day!

Cap Gemini A.I

Prize revealed on the day!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


JP Morgan

JP Morgan

Jamie Rowles

Jamie Rowles
Head of Investments - Sky Ocean Ventures

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Joanna Leng

Joanna Leng
University of Leeds

Will Knight

Will Knight



Holly Boothroyd

Holly Boothroyd



Reshmi Iyer

Reshmi Iyer

Judging Criteria

  • Challenge
    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.

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