The 2020 MLH Europe Hackathon Season (running from August 2019 — July 2020) included 18 amazing events with 6,000+ hackers who created 1,000+ projects.

After crunching the numbers from all of our events this past season, the results are in and the winner of the 2020 Europe MLH Hackathon Season winner is…

The University of Edinburgh!

Hack the Burgh VI, taken by the organizers at Hack the Burgh

The University of Edinburgh hosted one of the oldest European hackathons Hack the Burgh for its 6th iteration earlier this year in February. During this season, they’ve seen a HUGE spike in the number of Edinburgh student hackers attending MLH events. At this time, COVID-19 was gaining traction in Europe and Hack the Burgh was Europe’s last in-person hackathon for the season.

Hackers from Durham University won more at hackathons this season than in 2019, and the university rose the ranks from 59th to 4th in the 2020 season. The University of Sheffield jumped 6 ranks and claimed the crown as the university with the highest number of hackers participating in MLH hackathons. Both The University of Birmingham and The University of Manchester saw an increase in the number of hackers attending winning at MLH hackathons, thus cementing their 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The Top 10 schools for the 2020 Season:

  1. The University of Edinburgh
  2. The University of Birmingham
  3. The University of Manchester
  4. Durham University
  5. The University of Sheffield
  6. The University of Cambridge
  7. The University of Nottingham
  8. King’s College London
  9. The University of Warwick
  10. The University of Bath

You can find the full top hacker school rankings here so you can see how you did! Read about North American rankings here. APAC rankings will be out soon!

Want to see your university on this list? You can earn points for your school in the coming year through a combination of:

  • Merit points (earned when students from your school build winning projects)
  • Participation points (earned when students from your school participate at a hackathon)

HacktheMidlands Fall 2019

HackNotts Fall 2019

DurHack 2019, provided by DurHack organizers

Never been to a hackathon before? Don’t worry!

Hackathons are for beginners too and we’ve seen first-time hackers win some of the largest events. Check out the upcoming events for the 2021 Hackathon Season! Remember that hackathons are about Learning, Building and Sharing above everything!

Happy Hacking!

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