Two hundred students hack away at DevXS

Nearly 200 students from around the country descended upon the city’s Engine Shed this weekend to take part in developer marathon DevXS.

The weekend-long conference challenged students from around the UK to come together to collaborate on open ideas that would contribute to improving university life.

DevXS attracted student talent from as far as Liverpool, Exeter, Glasgow, Ulster and more.

Professor Mike Neary, the Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University of Lincoln, opened the event on Friday evening.

Neary said DevXS will recognise “the progressive ideas and talent that students can bring to the development of higher education services.”

During the course of the weekend students got to work on coding, designing and testing applications that would assist or improve the university experience in some way.

Working through the night the students, split into 26 teams, created a variety of projects.

The completed work included a service which helped students find a specific room on campus, a leaderboard site which incentivised the university experience by adding virtual achievements to help student union representatives.

DevXS was organised by the University of Lincoln’s Student as Producer project, the JISC-funded DevCSI project and was inspired by similar event Dev8D.

More images and videos from the conference are on the DevXS blog.