Summer of Hacks is an annual series of friendly, practical & free events organised by the Oxford tech community.

Our 2016 events:


11th Jun

NodeSchool is a collection of workshops that help you learn JavaScript by writing code and solving challenges. The event is for everyone, whether you've never written a line of JavaScript before or you're a pro; NodeSchool has challenges and activities for all different levels.

Bring your laptop (and a charger), there'll be mentors and chances to pair with other attendees. You’ll need Node.js on your computer to get started, and if you have a chance to install it before the event you'll be able to get started straight away.

Game Dev Day

23rd Jul

Game Dev Day is a hack day for people to have fun making games and virtual reality experiences in web technologies.

Anyone whose interested in games or VR is welcome. Don't worry if you don't have any experience coding games. People usually organise themselves into teams, work on a project and then demo it at the end of the day, so there's plenty of chances to work with others and learn new skills, as well as use skills you already have, like drawing pictures!

Bring your laptop (and a charger), your smartphone for VR (or to use as a controller!) and if you happen to have a VR headset feel free to bring that too.

Find out more on the Game Dev Day website.

Code Retreat

27th Aug

A CodeRetreat is a day-long, coding practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. Developers can disconnect from day-to-day constraints, like time and feature pressure, and just focus on the craft of programming. You don't have to ship anything. Just practice.

This event is for anyone who wants to improve their code. An understanding of JavaScript will help you make the most of the day, but you will be guided through the day by a facilitator and will be pairing up with different partners as well, so don't worry about pressure to perform. Whatever your experience, you'll have the opportunity to think about things in new ways and work with new people.

All you need is your lovely self and a laptop (with it's charger).


17th Sep

This is a day of hacking on hardware. It's for anyone who is interested in learning about hardware and there is no minimum entry requirememts, other than an equisitive mind.

If you've never touched a breadboard before, that's fine – We’re bringing some starter packs, complete with Espruino boards and components and plenty of helpful people to guide you. If you're a bit more experienced that's great too, as you'll get to play with some new kit or hack on a project with like-minded people.

You'll probably want to being a laptop (and it's charger) and you're welcome to bring any other tools and components you have. We'd recommend marking them up somehow so it's easy to check you're taking the right things home.

How to get involved

→ Attend an event

The best way to get involved is to come along to one of our events.

→ Sponsor Us

To keep our events free, we depend on sponsors to fund food, drink and venue hire. If you are able to help out - we'd really love to hear from you.

→ Slack

We discuss Summer of Hacks on the digital oxford slack. Come and say hi on the #soh channel.

→ Github

A lot of our event organisation happens on GitHub. Feel free to comment on any of our SoH tickets.

Code of Conduct

All of our events follow a code of conduct that you can read at:

It's our absolute priority that attendees are safe and are feel respected. If you have any issues, concerns or questions then don't hesitate to contact us.