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Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre to host first ever graphene hackathon

20 Jun 2019

Our purpose-built facility to nurture Manchester’s growing community of graphene companies and scientists to host a weekend of high intensity innovation

Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

Our Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) is to host the world’s first Graphene Hackathon, in which teams will compete to develop and prototype innovative product ideas using conductive graphene inks.

This weekend of high intensity innovation will be held on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 November 2019.

Participants will compete for cash prizes, supported by industry sponsors including Google, Mewburn Ellis and Versarien.

Graphene inks have the potential to transform our lives. With the capability to create the next generation of electronics currently limited to science fiction. Imagine bendable phones, flexible wearable electronics, touch-sensitive smart devices, and sensors. Or even being able to connect everyday household items. The possibilities are endless.

The Graphene Hackathon aims to invite fresh perspectives into the graphene community and make graphene accessible to all those inspired by its potential.

Competing teams will be provided with equipment, tools and plenty of food and drink, working around the clock to create a product incorporating graphene inks within 24 hours.

Experts from multiple disciplines will be on hand to provide assistance and advice to teams throughout the competition, while keynote speeches and workshops from sponsors such as Google Digital Garage will give competitors access to world-class business advice for taking their product forward.

Products will be pitched at the end of the event to a panel of judges, with the winning team set to receive a cash prize.

The event will be open to University students, staff and external applicants (over the age of 18).

Teams will consist of 4-6 people and participation is free. To register your group and sign up to the mailing list, visit: 

Formal applications will open later in the year. Solo applicants are also welcome and there will be an opportunity to join teams at the Hackathon preparation event later in the year.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available - there's more information on the website above.